MBI Staff Member – Personal info


  • Department Head B2 "Imaging and Coherent X-rays"
  • Project Coordinator 3.3 ""Transient Structures and Imaging with X-rays"
  • Project Member 3.2 "Solids and Nanostructures: Electrons, Spins, and Phonons"


We use X-ray holography to image functional magnetic materials on the nanoscale.

Curriculum vitae

since 2016 Postdoctoral Researcher, Max Born Institute

2014-2015 Postdoctoral Researcher, Lund University, Division of Synchrotron Radation Research

2013 Dr. rer. nat. (PhD) in Physics, Technical University Berlin, Thesis: Imaging magnetic nanostructures using soft x-ray Fourier transform holography

2010-2013 Assistant researcher, Technical University Berlin

2006-2010 Assistant researcher, BESSY synchrotron source, since 2009 named Helmholtz Center Berlin for Materials and Energy

2006 Diplom (MSc) in Physics, Technical University Dresden, Thesis: Combining photon correlation spectroscopy and fluctuation analysis for investigating diffusion dynamics

1999-2006 Study of Physics, Technical University Dresden and University of Vienna

MBI Publications

  1. Ultraschnelle Erzeugung von Skyrmionen

    B. Pfau, F. Büttner

    Physik in unserer Zeit 52 (2021) 6-7
  2. Quantitative hyperspectral coherent diffractive imaging spectroscopy of a solid-state phase transition in vanadium dioxide

    A. S. Johnson, J. Valls-Conesa, L. Vidas, D. Perez-Salinas, C. M. Günther, B. Pfau, K. A. Hallman, R. F. Haglund-Jr, S. Eisebitt, S. Wall

    Science Advances 7 (2021) eabf1386/1-9
  3. Laser-driven resonant magnetic soft-x-ray scattering for probing ultrafast antiferromagnetic and structural dynamics

    D. Schick, M. Borchert, J. Braenzel, H. Stiel, J. Tümmler, D. E. Bürgler, A. Firsov, C. von Korff Schmising, B. Pfau, S. Eisebitt

    Optica 8 (2021) 1237-1242
  4. Ultrafast demagnetization dominates fluence dependence of magnetic scattering at Co M edges

    M. Schneider, B. Pfau, C. M. Günther, C. von Korff Schmising, D. Weder, J. Geilhufe, J. Perron, F. Capotondi, E. Pedersoli, M. Manfredda, M. Hennecke, B. Vodungbo, J. Lüning, S. Eisebitt

    Physical Review Letters 125 (2020) 127201 /1-5
  5. Achieving diffraction-limited resolution in soft-x-ray Fourier-transform holography

    J. Geilhufe, B. Pfau, C. M. Günther, M. Schneider, S. Eisebitt

    Ultramicroscopy 214 (2020) 113005/1-29
  6. Singleshot polychromatic coherent diffractive imaging with a high-order harmonic source

    E. Malm, H. Wikmark, B. Pfau, P. Villanueva-Perez, P. Rudawski, J. Peschel, S. Maclot, M. Schneider, S. Eisebitt, A. Mikkelsen, A. L'Huillier, P. Johnsson

    Optics Express 28 (2020) 394-404
  7. Nanoscale imaging of high‐field magnetic hysteresis in meteoritic metal using X‐ray holography

    R. Blukis, B. Pfau, C. M. Günther, P. Hessing, S. Eisebitt, J. Einsle, R. J. Harrison

    Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 21 (2020) e2020GC009044/1-13
  8. A tabletop setup for ultrafast helicity-dependent and element-specific absorption spectroscopy and scattering in the extreme ultraviolet spectral range

    K. Yao, F. Willems, C. von Korff Schmising, C. Strüber, P. Hessing, B. Pfau, D. Schick, D. Engel, K. Gerlinger, M. Schneider, S. Eisebitt

    Review of Scientific Instruments 91 (2020) 093001/1-10
  9. Transient Magnetic Gratings on the Nanometer Scale

    D. Weder, C. von Korff Schmising, C. M. Günther, M. Schneider, D. Engel, P. Hessing, C. Strüber, M. Weigand, B. Vodungbo, E. Jal, X. Liu, A. Merhe, E. Pedersoli, F. Capotondi, J. Lüning, B. Pfau, S. Eisebitt

    Structural Dynamics 7 (2020) 054501/1-13
  10. First commissioning results of the KB mirrors at the SCS instrument of the European XFEL

    G. Mercurio, C. Broers, R. Carley, J. T. Delitz, N. Gerasimova, L. Le Guyarder, L. Mercadier, A. Reich, J. Schlappa, M. Teichmann, A. Yaroslavtsev, M. Cascella, K. Setoodehnia, M. Schneider, B. Pfau, S. Eisebitt, V. Vozda, V. Hájková, L. Vyšín, T. Burian, J. Chalupský, L. Juha, S. G. Alcock, I. Nistea, D. La Civita, H. Sinn, M. Vannoni, A. Scherz

    SPIE Proceedings Series 11109 (2019) 111090F-1/1-9