MBI Staff Member – Personal info



Breaking News: I received an ERC Consolidator Grant. See the press release (deutsch/english).

Project Leader, Division A, Department A2

Project Coordinator for 2.2  Strong-field Few-body Physics

Member of Projec


Master and PhD projects available, please contact me by email.



Present Co-workers and Collaborators at MBI:
  Dynamics of polyatomic molecules in strong laser fields:
             Federico Branchi, PhD student
             Felix Schell, Dr. designatus
             Horst Rottke, retired staff scientist
  XUV transient absorption spectroscopy:
             Lorenz Drescher, Postdoc
  Time-resolved chemical reaction dynamics:
             Lucia Merkel, Master student
Formed (now graduated) students at MBI:
   PhD Students: Lorenz Drescher, Katrin Reininger, Martin Galbraith                          
   Master Students: Lucia Merkel, Friedrich Freyse, Lorenz Drescher  
   Summer Interns: Killian Dickson, Josh Kirks

Present Theory Collaborators at MBI:
   Sergei Patchkovskii, Timm Bredtmann, Hans-Herrmann Ritze

Funding Sources: DFG, LaserLab Europe, DAAD, Humboldt Foundation


Research Interests:

Attosecond Strong Field Spectroscopies of Polyatomic Molecules:

  • Laser-Induced Electron Rescattering
  • Coulomb Explosion
  • Ionization-Channel resolved Experiments in a Reaction Microscope

Molecular Dynamics and Photochemistry:

  • Transient XUV Absorption Spectroscopy of Photochemical Dynamics
  • Time-Resolved Photoelectron and Ion Spectroscopy

Attosecond Science:

  • Attosecond Transient Absorption Spectroscopy
  • Sub-cycle analysis of Laser-Driven Electron Rescattering

Chemical Reaction Dynamics:

  • Crossed Beam Reactive Scattering
  • Reaction Dynamics in cryogenic RF Ion Traps

Curriculum vitae


MBI Publications

  1. Separation of strong-field ionization continua in laser-driven electron rescattering in the molecular frame

    F. Schell, T. Bredtmann, C.-P. Schulz, M. J. J. Vrakking, S. Patchkovskii, J. Mikosch

    Proceedings of the 6th Int. Conference on Attosecond Physics, Springer proceedings in Physics Series 220 Springer Singapore (2020)
  2. Attosecond transient absorption spectroscopy without inversion symmetry

    L. Drescher, M. J. J. Vrakking, J. Mikosch

    Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics 53 (2020) 164005/1-9
  3. State-resolved probing of attosecond timescale molecular dipoles

    L. Drescher, G. Reitsma, T. Witting, S. Patchkovskii, J. Mikosch, M.J.J. Vrakking

    The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 10 (2019) 265–269
  4. Molecular orbital imprint in laser-driven electron recollision

    F. Schell, T. Bredtmann, C. P. Schulz, S. Patchkovskii, M.J.J. Vrakking, J. Mikosch

    Science Advances 4 (2018) eaap8148/1-8
  5. Sequential and direct ionic excitation in the strong-field ionization of 1-butene molecules

    F. Schell, A. E. Boguslavskiy, C. P. Schulz, S. Patchkovskii, M.J.J. Vrakking, A. Stolow, J. Mikosch

    Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 20 (2018) 14708-14717
  6. Extreme-ultraviolet refractive optics

    L. Drescher, O. Kornilov, T. Witting, G. Reitsma, N. Monserud, A. Rouzée, J. Mikosch, M. J. J. Vrakking, B. Schütte

    Nature 564 (2018) 91–94
  7. Few-femtosecond passage of conical intersections in the benzene cation

    M. C. E. Galbraith, S. Scheit, N. V. Golubev, G. Reitsma, N. Zhavoronkov, V. Despre, F. Lepine, A. I. Kuleff, M. J. J. Vrakking, O. Kornilov, H. Koppel, J. Mikosch

    Nature Communications 8 (2017) 1018/1-7
  8. XUV-induced reactions in benzene on sub-10 fs timescale: nonadiabatic relaxation and proton migration

    M. C. E. Galbraith, C. T. L. Smeenk, G. Reitsma, A. Marciniak, V. Despré, J. Mikosch, N. Zhavoronkov, M. J. J. Vrakking, O. Kornilov, F. Lépine

    Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 19 (2017) 19822-19828
  9. Imgaging proton transfer and dihalide formation pathway in reactions of F-+CH3l

    E. Carrascosa, T. Michaelsen, M. Stei, B. Bastian, J. Meyer, J. Mikosch, R. Wester

    Journal of Physical Chemistry A 120 (2016) 4711-4719
  10. Communication: XUV transient absorption spectroscopy of iodomethane and iodobenzene photodissociation

    L. Drescher, M. C. E. Galbraith, G. Reitsma, J. Dura-Diez, N. Zhavoronkov, S. Patchkovskii, M. J. J. Vrakking, J. Mikosch

    Journal of Chemical Physics 145 (2016) 011101/1-5