MBI Staff Member – Personal info


Project Coordinator 2.2 "Strong-field Few-body Systems"


We are investigating the dynamics of strong field interaction with atoms, molecules and ordered, loosely bound atomic or molecular structures, where the constituents still show their individual characteristics. These loosely bound structures are usually found in the form of small van der Waals clusters, however, also molecules assume this characteristic during dissociation at large internuclear separation. Characteristic of these systems are closely spaced electronic states at a large internuclear separation where the electrons start to localize at the individual constituents.

Besides strong field phenomena we are interested in electron dynamics in the bound part of the atomic spectrum and in the ionization continuum of atoms either in energy ranges structured by Fano resonances or in the unstructured continuum.

The main instruments employed in these investigations are

  • laser systems delivering high intensity pulses with pulse widths in the femtosecond range
  • a source for generation of high order harmonics of this laser radiation
  • a reaction microscope (see the Fig.) capable to determine the momentum of any charged particle emerging from the interaction of the laser pulses with the respective target in a correlated way

Curriculum vitae

10/1975 – 7/1982 Study of Physics, Univ. Bielefeld

Diploma thesis: "Stepwise photoionization of molecules and of atomic hydrogen with mass selective ion detection"

8/1982 – 10/1986 Research assistant, Phys. Dep., Univ. Bielefeld, Prof. Dr. K. H. Welge

PhD thesis: "Laser spectroscopy on highly excited Rydberg states of atomic and molecular hydrogen"

11/1986 – 2/1993 Research fellow, Phys. Dep., Univ. Bielefeld, Prof. Dr. K. H. Welge

7/1991 Habilitation, Univ. Bielefeld

3/1993 – 6/1993 Scientist at the Max-Born-Institute

Since 7/1993 Department head at the Max-Born-Institute

MBI Publications

  1. Photon-Recoil Imaging: expanding the view of nonlinear x-ray physics

    U. Eichmann, H. Rottke, S. Meise, J.-E. Rubensson, J. Söderström, M. Agåker, C. Såthe, M. Meyer, T. M. Baumann, R. Boll, A. De Fanis, P. Grychtol, M. Ilchen, T. Mazza, J. Montano, V. Music, Y. Ovcharenko, D. E. Rivas, S. Serkez, R. Wagner, S. Eisebitt

    Science 369 (2020) 1630-1633
  2. Proton transfer dynamics following strong-field ionization of the water dimer

    C. Zhang, J. Lu, T. Feng, H. Rottke

    Physical Review A 99 (2019) 053408/1-8
  3. Strong-field ionization of xenon dimers: The effect of two-equivalent-center interference and of driving ionic transitions

    C. Zhang, T. Feng, N. Raabe, H. Rottke

    Physical Review A 97 (2018) 023417/1-11
  4. 43  W, 1.55  μm and 12.5  W, 3.1  μm dual-beam, sub-10 cycle, 100  kHz optical parametric chirped pulse amplifier

    M. Mero, Z. Heiner, V. Petrov, H. Rottke, F. Branchi, G. M. Thomas, M. J. J. Vrakking

    Optics Letters 43 (2018) 5246-5249
  5. Real-time tracking of two-electron dynamics in the ionization continuum of Xe

    M. Baggash, H. Rottke

    Physical Review A 91 (2015) 053403/1-9
  6. Phase differences in the photoemission from krypton in the fine-structure-split ionization channels 2P3/2 and 2P1/2

    M. Baggash, H. Rottke

    Physical Review A 92 (2015) 013424/1-6
  7. Imaging the impulsive alignment of noble-gas dimers via Coulomb explosion

    von Veltheim, A., B. Borchers, G. Steinmeyer, H. Rottke

    Physical Review A 89 (2014) 023432/1-12
  8. Frustrated tunnel ionization of noble gas dimers with Rydberg-electron shakeoff by electron charge oscillation

    von Veltheim, A., B. Manschwetus, W. Quan, B. Borders, G. Steinmeyer, H. Rottke, W. Sandner

    Physical Review Letters 110 (2013) 023001/1-5
  9. Real-time observation of interference between atomic one-electron and two-electron excitations

    H. Geiseler, H. Rottke, N. Zhavoronkov, W. Sandner

    Physical Review Letters 108 (2012) 123601/1-5
  10. Quantum beat oscillations in the two-color-photoionization continuum of neon and their dependence on the intensity of the ionizing laser pulse

    H. Geiseler, H. Rottke, G. Steinmeyer, W. Sandner

    Physical Review A 84 (2011) 033424/1-11