3.2 Solids and Nanostructures: Electrons, Spins, and Phonons

Project coordinators: M. Woerner, C. Korff Schmising, von, S. Sharma

Recent Highlights

Controlling magnetism with polarized light

Intense laser pulses can be used to manipulate or even switch the magnetization orientation of a material on extremely short time scales. Typically,…

Fundamental spatial limits of all-optical magnetization switching

Magnetization can be switched with a single laser pulse. However, it is not known whether the underlying microscopic process is scalable to the…

High-harmonic generation (HHG), a phenomenon awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for its realization in gases, has captivated researchers since its…

Materials that refuse to fit into theory are often the most fascinating. They challenge researchers to try harder to understand their peculiar…

An electron and the surrounding cloud of solvent dipoles couple through electric forces and can undergo joint collective motions. Such many-body…

We are delighted to announce that on June 26, 2023, Dr. Sangeeta Sharma has been installed as a professor at the FU Berlin, in a joint appointment…

The flow of matter, from macroscopic water currents to the microscopic flow of electric charge, underpins much of the infrastructure of modern times.…

Unlocking the secrets of magnetic materials requires the right illumination. Magnetic x-ray circular dichroism makes it possible to decode magnetic…

Starting in January 2023, the research portfolio of the Max Born Institute will be complemented by a new Junior Research Group led by Dr. Daniel…

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

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