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. Delayed relaxation of highly excited cationic states in naphthalene

    G. Reitsma, J. Hummert, J. Dura, V. Loriot, M. J. J. Vrakking, F. Lepine, O. Kornilov

    Journal of Physical Chemistry A 123 (2019) 3068-3073
  2. Femtosecond extreme ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy of organic molecules in aqueous solution

    J. Hummert, G. Reitsma, N. Mayer, E. Ikonnikov, M. Eckstein, O. Kornilov

    Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 9 (2018) 6649–6655
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Laser-induced persistent photovoltage on the surface of a ternary topological insulator at room temperature

    J. Sánchez-Barriga, M. Battiato, E. Golias, A. Varykhalov, L. V. Yashina, O. Kornilov, O. Rader

    Applied Physics Letters 110 (2017) 141605/1-5
  6. Subpicosecond spin dynamics of excited states in the topological insulator Bi2Te3

    J. Sánchez-Barriga, M. Battiato, M. Krivenkov, E. Golias, A. Varykhalov, A. Romualdi, L. V. Yashina, J. Minár, O. Kornilov, H. Ebert, K. Held, J. Braun

    Phys. Rev. B 95 (2017) 125405/1-10
  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. Observation of autoionization dynamics and sub-cycle quantum beating in electronic molecular wave packets

    M. Reduzzi, W.-C. Chu, C. Feng, A. Dubrouil, J. Hummert, F. Calegari, F. Frassetto, L. Poletto, O. Kornilov, M. Nisoli, C.-D. Lin, G. Sansone

    Journal of Physics B-Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics 49 (2016) 065102/1-11
  9. Direct imaging of transient fano resonances in N2 using time-, energy-, and angular-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy

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

    Physical Review Letters 116 (2016)
  10. Ultrafast spin-polarization control of Dirac fermions in topological insulators

    J. Sánchez-Barriga, E. Golias, A. Varykhalov, J. Braun, L. V. Yashina, R. Schumann, J. Minár, H. Ebert, O. Kornilov, O. Rader

    Physical Review B 93 (2016) 155426/1-10