MBI Staff Member – Personal info


  • Department Head A2 "Ultrafast XUV Physics" huhu
  • Project Coordinator 3.1
  • Member of Project 2.3


We explore ultrafast electron dynamics of photoexcited molecules using time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy. The main goal of the program is experimental investigation of the influence of molecular environment on the excited state relaxation dynamics of biochromophores and biomimetic systems. The experiments are conducted using recently constructed XUV time delay compensating monochromator beamline coupled to a photoelectron spectrometer with a microliquid jet sample delivery system. This setup allows recording photoelectron spectra of relaxing molecules in their natural environment: water, other solvents or protein cages. The setup is also used in combination with the velocity map imaging spectrometer to investigate gas phase molecular dynamics using time-, energy-, and angular-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy.

Curriculum vitae

2012/present - department head, Max-Born-Institute

2010/2012 - staff scientist, Max-Born-Institute

2006/2010 - postdoctoral fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA

2001/2006 - PhD student (Prof. J. Peter Toennies), Max-Planck-Institute for Dynamics and Selforganization, Göttingen

1999/2001 - Master student (Prof. G. G. Vladimirov), St. Peterburg State University, Russia

1995/1999 - Bachelor student (Prof. G. G. Vladimirov), St. Peterburg State University, Russia

MBI Publications

  1. Vibrational and condensed phase dynamics: general discussion

    A. J. Orr-Ewing, O. Kornilov, T. I. Sølling, T. Keane, M. P. Minitti, H. J. Wörner, O. Schalk, G. M. Roberts, R. S. Minns, C. J. Milne, L. Miseikis, T. J. Penfold, R. J. D. Miller, W. Domcke, M. Centurion, K. Ueda, P. M. Weber, O. Gessner, D. M. Neumark, A. Stolow, J. Yano, S. Mukamel , V. G. Stavros

    Faraday Discussions 194 (2016) 747-775
  2. Interference stabilization of autoionizing states in molecular N2 studied by time- and angular-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy

    M. Eckstein, N. Mayer, C.-H.Yang, G. Sansone, M. J. J. Vrakking, M. Ivanov, O. Kornilov

    Faraday Discussions 194 (2016) 509-524
  3. Smoluchowski equations for agglomeration in conditions of variable temperature and pressure and a newscaling of rate constants: application to nozzle-beam expansion

    J. Chaiken, J. Goodisman, O. Kornilov

    Journal of Physical Chemistry A 119 (2015) 6929-6936
  4. The quantum halo state of the helium trimer

    O. Kornilov

    Science 348 (2015) 498-499
  5. Dynamics of N2 dissociation upon inner-valence ionization by wavelength-selected XUV pulses

    M. Eckstein, C. Yang, M. Kubin, F. Frassetto, L. Poletto, H.-H. Ritze, M. J. J. Vrakking, O. Kornilov

    Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 6 (2015) 419-425
  6. Para-hydrogen and helium cluster size distributions in free jet expansions based on Smoluchowski theory with kernel scaling

    O. Kornilov, J. P. Toennies

    Journal of Chemical Physics 142 (2015) 074303/1-11
  7. Probing ultrafast spin dynamics with high-harmonic magnetic circular dichroism spectroscopy

    F. Willems, C. T. L. Smeenk, N. Zhavoronkov, O. Kornilov, I. Radu, M. Schmidbauer, M. Hanke, von Korff Schmising, C., M. J. J. Vrakking, S. Eisebitt

    Physical Review B 92 (2015) 220405(R)/1-5
  8. Photoemission of Bi2Se3 with circularly polarized light: probe of spin polarization or means for spin manipulation?

    J. Sánchez-Barriga, A. Varykhalov, J. Braun, S.-Y. Xu, N. Alidoust, O. Kornilov, J. Minár, K. Hummer, G. Springholzu, G. Bauer, R. Schumann, L. V. Yashina, H. Ebert, M. H. Hasan, O. Rader

    Physical Review X 4 (2014) 011046/1-10
  9. Coulomb explosion of diatomic molecules in intense XUV fields mapped by partial covariance

    O. Kornilov, M. Eckstein, M. Rosenblatt, C. P. Schulz, K. Motomura, A. Rouzée, J. Klei, L. Foucar, M. Siano, A. Lübcke, F. Schapper, P. Johnsson, D. M. P. Holland, T. Schlathölter, T. Marchenko, S. Düsterer, K. Ueda, M. J. J. Vrakking, L. J. Frasinski

    Journal of Physics B-Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics 46 (2013) 164028/1-11
  10. Femtosecond extreme ultraviolet ion imaging of ultrafast dynamics in electronically excited helium nanodroplets

    O. Bünermann, O. Kornilov, S. R. Leone, D. M. Neumark, O. Gessner

    IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics 18 (2012) 308-317