MBI Staff Member – Personal info


  • Project Coordinator: 4.3 "Nanoscaled Optics and Samples",
  • Member of Project: 3.3 "Transient Structures and lmaging with X-rays"


The Laboratory for Nanoscale Samples and Optics supports several experiments in different scientific projects of the MBI. We develop and produce thin-film sample systems on various substrates with the focus on magnetic multilayers, alloys and metal foils using magnetron sputtering and thermal evaporation. The close integration of deposition, structuring and characterization of these systems with experiments promotes fast feedback on sample performance and rapid development cycles. We collaborate closely with several MBI projects as well as with external cooperation partners to provide custom sample-related services.

To enable new experimental techniques as for example Spin Hall Effect measurements and skyrmion nucleation via high current density, a UV-lithography system is used to create masks, which enables necessary structuring and lift-off processes. Topographic and magnetic characterization is carried out via atomic and magnetic force microscopy (AFM/MFM), electron microscopy (SEM, EDX), X-ray reflectivity and diffraction, Kerr-magnetometry and Kerr-microscopy.

In close cooperation with the central facility for electron microscopy (ZELMI) at the TU Berlin the 3D patterning on a few-micrometer and nanometer scale via electron beam lithography (EBL) and focused ion beam milling (FIB) is carried out.

MBI Publications

  1. Coherent control of magnetization precession by doublepulse activation of effective fields from magnetoacoustics and demagnetization

    M. Mattern, F. C. Weber, D. Engel, C. von Korff Schmising, M. Bargheer

    Applied Physics Letters 24 (2024) 102402/1-7
  2. Transient terahertz stark effect: a dynamic probe of electric interactions in polar liquids

    P. Singh, J. Zhang, D. Engel, B. P. Fingerhut, T. Elsaesser

    Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 14 (2023) 5505–5510
  3. Broadband spintronic terahertz source with peak electric fields exceeding 1.5 MV/cm

    R. Rouzegar, A. L. Chekhov, Y. Behovits, B. R. Serrano, M. A. Syskaki, C. H. Lambert, D. Engel, U. Martens, M. Münzenberg, M. Wolf, G. Jakob, M. Kläui, T. S. Seifert, T. Kampfrath

    Physical Review Applied 19 (2023) 034018/1-12
  4. Pump-probe x-ray microscopy of photo-induced magnetization dynamics at MHz repetition rates

    K. Gerlinger, B. Pfau, M. Hennecke, L.-M. Kern, I. Will, T. Noll, M. Weigand, J. Gräfe, N. Träger, M. Schneider, C. M. Günther, D. Engel, G. Schütz, S. Eisebitt

    Structural Dynamics 10 (2023) 024301/1-9
  5. X-ray magnetic circular dichroism spectroscopy at the Fe L-edges with a picosecond laser-driven plasma source

    M. Borchert, D. Engel, C. von Korff Schmising, B. Pfau, S. Eisebitt, D. Schick

    Optica 10 (2023) 450-455
  6. Tailoring optical excitation to control magnetic skyrmion nucleation

    L.-M. Kern, B. Pfau, M. Schneider, K. Gerlinger, V. Deinhart, S. Wittrock, T. Sidiropoulos, D. Engel, I. Will, C. M. Günther, K. Litzius, S. Wintz, M. Weigand, F. Büttner, S. Eisebitt

    Physical Review B 106 (2022) 054435/1-10
  7. All-optical switching on the nanometer scale excited and probed with femtosecond extreme ultraviolet pulses

    K. Yao, F. Steinbach, M. Borchert, D. Schick, D. Engel, F. Bencivenga, R. Mincigrucci, L. Foglia, E. Pedersoli, Dario De Angelis, M. Pancaldi, B. Wehinger, F. Capotondi, C. Masciovecchio, S. Eisebitt, C. von Korff Schmising

    Nano Letters 22 (2022) 4453-4458
  8. Deterministic generation and guided motion of magnetic skyrmions by focused He+-ion irradiation

    L.-M. Kern, B. Pfau, V. Deinhart, M. Schneider, C. Klose, K. Gerlinger, S. Wittrock, D. Engel, I. Will, C. M. Günther, R. Liefferink, J. H. Mentink, S. Wintz, M. Weigand, M.-Jie Huang, R. Battistelli, D. Metternich, F. Büttner, K. Höflich, S. Eisebitt

    Nano Letters 22 (2022) 4028-4035
  9. Intrinsic energy flow in laser-excited 3d ferromagnets

    D. Zahn, F. Jakobs, H. Seiler, T. A. Butcher, D. Engel, J. Vorberger, U. Atxitia, Y. W. Windsor, R. Ernstorfer

    Physical Review Research 4 (2022) 013104 /1-13
  10. Accelerating double pulse all-optical write/erase cycles in metallic ferrimagnets

    F. Steinbach, N. Stetzuhn, D. Engel, U. Atxitia, C. von Korff Schmising, S. Eisebitt

    Applied Physics Letters 120 (2022) 112406/1-7