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. Observation of fluctuation-mediated picosecond nucleation of a topological phase

    F. Büttner, B. Pfau, M. Böttcher, M. Schneider, G. Mercurio, C. M. Günther, P. Hessing, C. Klose, A. Wittmann, K. Gerlinger, L.-M. Kern, C. Strüber, C. von Korff Schmising, J. Fuchs, D. Engel, A. Churikova, S. Huang, D. Suzuki, I. Lemesh, M. Huang, L. Caretta, D. Weder, J. H. Gaida, M. Möller, T. R. Harvey, S. Zayko, K. Bagschik, R. Carley, L. Mercadier, J. Schlappa, A. Yaroslavtsev, L. Le Guyarder, N. Gerasimova, A. Scherz, C. Deiter, R. Gort, D. Hickin, J. Zhu, M. Turcato, D. Lomidze, F. Erdinger, A. Castoldi, S. Maffessanti, M. Porro, A. Samartsev, J. Sinova, C. Ropers, J. H. Mentink, B. Dupé, G. S. D. Beach, S. Eisebitt

    Nature Materials 20 (2021) 30–37
  2. Lattice dynamics and ultrafast energy flow between electrons, spins, and phonons in a 3d ferromagnet

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

    Physical Review Research 3 (2021) 023032/1-14
  3. Wide-field magneto-optical microscope to access quantitative magnetization dynamics with femtosecond temporal and sub-micrometer spatial resolution

    F. Steinbach, D. Schick, C. von Korff Schmising, K. Yao, M. Borchert, W. D. Engel, S. Eisebitt

    Journal of Applied Physics 130 (2021) 083905/1-9
  4. The patterning toolbox FIB-o-mat: Exploiting the full potential of focused helium ions for nanofabrication

    V. Deinhart, L.-M. Kern, J. N. Kirchhof, S. Juergensen, J. Sturm, E. Krauss, T. Feichtner, S. Kovalchuk, M. Schneider, D. Engel, B. Pfau, B. Hecht, K. I. Bolotin, S. Reich, K. Höflich

    Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology 12 (2021) 304-318
  5. Application concepts for ultrafast laser-induced skyrmion creation and annihilation

    K. Gerlinger, B. Pfau, F. Büttner, M. Schneider, L.-M. Kern, J. Fuchs, D. Engel, C. M. Günther, M. Huang, I. Lemesh, L. Caretta, A. Churikova, P. Hessing, C. Klose, C. Strüber, C. von Korff Schmising, S. Huang, A. Wittmann, K. Lizius, D. Metternich, R. Battistelli, K. Bagschik, A. Sadovnikov, G. S. D. Beach, S. Eisebitt

    Applied Physics Letters 118 (2021) 192403/1-7
  6. High-speed spatial encoding of modulated pump-probe signals with slow area detectors

    D. Schick, F. Steinbach, T. Noll, C. Strüber, W. D. Engel, C. von Korff Schmising, B. Pfau, S. Eisebitt

    Measurement Science and Technology 32 (2021) 025901/1-7
  7. 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
  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. Distinct spectral response in M-edge magnetic circular dichroism

    K. Yao, F. Willems, C. von Korff Schmising, I. Radu, C. Strüber, D. Schick, D. Engel, A. Tsukamoto, J. K. Dewhurst, S. Sharma, S. Eisebitt

    Physical Review B 102 (2020) 100405(R)/1-6
  10. Spatial distribution of electric-field enhancement across the gap of terahertz bow-tie antennas

    M. Runge, D. Engel, M. Schneider, K. Reimann, M. Woerner, T. Elsaesser

    Optics Express 28 (2020) 24389-24398