Max Born Institute Division A

Attosecond Physics

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Max Born Institute Division B

Transient Electronic Structure and Nanoscience

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Max Born Institute Division C

Nonlinear Processes in Condensed Matter

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Max Born Institute Theory Department:

Attosecond, Condensed Matter and Strong Field Theory, Theoretical Optics & Photonics, Biomolecular Dynamics



Education & Training at MBI

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News and Highlights

Laser-driven Spin Dynamics in Ferrimagnets: How does the Angular Momentum flow?
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Amplifier for terahertz lattice vibrations in a semiconductor crystal
MBI conducts basic research in the field of nonlinear optics and ultrafast dynamics in the interaction of matter with laser light and pursues applications that emerge from this research. It develops and utilizes ultrashort and ultrafast lasers and laser-based short-pulse light sources in a wide spectral range in conjunction with nonlinear spectroscopy methods. The combined use of lasers with x-ray pulses from free electron lasers and synchrotrons complements this scientific program. With its research, MBI fulfills a nationwide mission and is an integral part of the international science community. It offers its facilities and its scientific know-how also to external researchers within the framework of an active guest programme. MBI is involved in various cooperative research projects with universities, other research institutions and industrial partners.
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Nuclear-driven Electronic Coherences in Molecules
Dr. Albert Stolow | University of Ottawa, Canada

Electronic coherences in molecules has emerged as a ‘grand challenge’ in molecular sciences due to the role that electronic correlations and dynamics play in structure and bonding. In the field of attosecond science, electronic coherences can be prepared by attosecond pulses, producing purely electronic wavepackets which persist while the atoms are ‘frozen’ (i.e. a few femtoseconds). Once the atoms unavoidably start to move, the wavepacket could dephase and the electronic coherence would be lost. However, some suggested that nuclear motion could modify or even induce electronic coherences.