News & Highlights

Here you will find current news and highlights from the areas of research.

 

Watching the fate of molecular nitrogen with X-rays, when an electron has been kicked out

The observation of lasing in the forward direction in air upon focusing intense femtosecond light pulses has been a puzzling phenomenon since first…

How far can a proton make its presence felt when embedded in water?

Proton hydration, i.e. the involvement of a certain number of water molecules in solvating an excess proton, has been an intensively investigated…

Magnetic skyrmions are extremely small and stable swirls of magnetization, often referred to as ‘topological quasi-particles’ since an emerging…

Light-induced ionization of polar liquids such as alcohols generates free electrons. After generation, an electron localizes on an ultrafast time…

The future development of functional magnetic devices based on ultrafast optical manipulation of spins requires an understanding of the…

Ultrafast light-driven control of magnetization on the nanometer length scale is key to achieve competitive bit sizes in next generation data storage…

An international team of researchers from the Max Born Institute in Berlin, University College London and ELI-ALPS in Szeged, Hungary, has…

Unlike fictional laser swords, real laser beams do not interact with each other when they cross – unless the beams meet within a suitable material…

An ERC Advanced Grant has been awarded to Professor Dr. Olga Smirnova of the Max Born Institute and Technische Universität Berlin.

Phonons are quantum excitations which correspond to vibrations of the regular atomic array of a crystal. This crystal lattice consists of a large…

Magnetic bits for data storage can be written with ultrafast laser pulses, in contrast to the well-established path of using magnetic fields…

Photoacids are molecules that release a proton upon electronic excitation, thus enhancing the acidity of a liquid. Pioneering work by Theodor Förster…

Attosecond laser pulses in the extreme ultraviolet (XUV) are a unique tool enabling the observation and control of electron dynamics in atoms,…

Quantum mechanics is famous for the way that its predictions challenge intuitive human thinking developed through the way that we experience the…

A time-dependent electric current emits an electromagnetic wave, a basic physical effect exploited in telecom antennas. Transferring this mechanism to…