Event archive 2016

Here you can find past events of the MPSD institute and the MPSD research groups at the Universität Hamburg.

MPSD ARD Seminar

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Shinji Saito - Supercooled water: Fluctuation, glass transition, and vibrational entropy

Water is the most common liquid. Its properties are not, however, common. Since the anomalies of water become pronounced at low temperatures, especially below its melting temperature, it has been proposed that the anomalous properties are attributed to the presence of two liquid states corresponding to the two amorphous ices. Experimental studies of supercooled water are however very difficult. This is due to the fact that bulk water is easily transferred to a crystalline phase in the “no man’s land”, which is a temperature range bounded by the crystallization of supercooled water at ~235K and by that of highly viscous liquid water at ~150K. Therefore, various theoretical and computational studies have been conducted for understanding the properties in the no man’s land. We have performed extensive molecular dynamics simulations from normal liquid to deeply supercooled states to reveal the structural and dynamical instabilities in the no man’s land. The spatiotemporal fluctuations, dynamic transition, glass transition, and vibrational contribution to Kauzmann temperature of supercooled water will be discussed. [more]

IMPRS-UFAST focus course

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Intermolecular interactions - IMPRS-UFAST focus course

Within this focus course, we will study the basics of intermolecular interactions. These include molecular properties such as polarizabilities, to learn about the behavior of molecules in external fields, as well as the treatment of thermodynamic and statistical effects. [more]

MPSD Seminar

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Sangwan Sim - Ultrafast optical spectroscopy of topological insulators and two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides

Ultrafast optical spectroscopy of quantum materials uncovers their intrinsic physical properties such as light-matter interactions and dynamics of particles and quasi-particles. In this presentation, I will present our ultrafast optical studies of two different electronic systems: topological insulators (TIs) and two-dimensional transition metal Dichalcogenides (2D TMDs). In TIs, where Dirac-like topological surface states (TSSs) coexist with an underlying bulk insulator, we have investigated ultrafast dynamics of TSS Dirac fermions and plasmons, and their interactions with phonon by using optical-pump terahertz-probe spectroscopy. We have found that, unlike Dirac electrons in graphene, TSS Dirac electrons exhibit unique dynamic features originating from interactions with coexisting bulk insulator. In the studies of 2D TMDs, we have performed ultrafast optical pump-probe spectroscopy of anisotropic excitons in group-VII TMDs. We discuss coherent light-matter interactions such as excitonic optical Stark effect and quantum beats, both of which exhibit significant laser-polarization dependence, resulting from anisotropic nature of the excitons. [more]

MPSD Seminar

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Lukas Müchler - Exploring topological phenomena in Molecules

The use of topological methods has revolutionized the field of condensed matter physics both theoretically and experimentally. Many new exotic states of matter with unremovable surface states that can carry dissipationless currents have been predicted and quickly been verified experimentally. Moreover, topological techniques that characterize periodic Hamiltonians according to their spatial and non-spatial symmetries have lead to an almost complete classification of all possible non-magnetic states of matter that can be realized in crystals. [more]

MPSD Seminar

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Ryan Requist - Reduced formula for the macroscopic polarization including quantum Fluctuations

The macroscopic polarization of a solid is an fundamental quantity from which permittivity and piezoelectric tensors can be derived. The Berry phase formula of King-Smith and Vanderbilt expresses the macroscopic polarization in terms of the Bloch states of a mean-field band structure, almost invariably taken from density functional theory. Although this procedure has been successful for many materials, quantum fluctuations cause it to break down in strongly correlated systems. [more]


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Frederike Ahr - High energy multi-cycle terahertz generation


IMPRS-UFAST skills course

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Science Slam Workshop (IMPRS-UFAST skills)

You are proud of what you’re working on and want to know how to explain your research and promote yourself in an exciting way? Then this workshop is the right fit for you! In this Science Slam workshop you will learn to identify what makes you and your work fascinating. Find your personal style to blow your audience’s mind! [more]

MPSD Seminar

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Lena F. Kourkoutis - New frontiers in cryo-electron microscopy: From Probing Low Temperature Electronic Phases to Processes at Liquid/Solid Interfaces

Spectroscopic mapping by STEM/EELS has proven to be a powerful technique for determining the structure, chemistry and bonding of interfaces, reconstructions, and defects. So far, most efforts in the physical sciences have focused on room temperature measurements where atomic resolution mapping of composition and bonding has been demonstrated [1-3]. For many materials, including those that exhibit electronic and structural phase transitions below room temperature and systems that involve liquid/solid interfaces, STEM/EELS measurements at low temperature are required. Operating close to liquid nitrogen temperature gives access to a range of emergent electronic states in solid materials and allows us to study processes at liquid/solid interfaces immobilized by rapid freezing [4,5]. [more]

CFEL Molecular Physics Seminar

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Pedro de la Torre Luque - Study of cosmic neutrinos diffuse flux with Antares neutrino telescope: track channel

This project is based on the study of signals which ANTARES neutrino telescope have detected between 2007 and 2015. Firstly, an introduction about the sources of neutrinos and what we know about the origins of cosmic neutrinos is showed. Then, It will be explained the process of detection of neutrinos used by ANTARES neutrino telescope. Secondly, the analysis of the detected data in the 9 years mentioned before is carried out. The first part of the analysis consists in a comparison between detected data and simulated data will be shown for some variables, like neutrino direction or energy of them. The Monte Carlo simulated data is done in order to reproduce the observed Background and reduce it by applying cut-offs. Also the simulation of the expected signals from cosmic neutrinos is done to compare to the fitted background. The second part consists in the search of the cut-offs which will help to improve the signal/noise ratio. These cut-offs will be selected by mean of the analysis of some parameters or applying statistical methods, like Feldmann-Cousin method. Finally, the obtained signal is showed to extract conclusions. [more]

MPSD Seminar

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Ming Lei - Capping the Ends: Structure and Function of Telomere Proteins

Telomeres, the natural ends of linear eukaryotic chromosomes, are specialized protein-DNA complexes that play essential roles in cell viability and genome integrity. The long-term goal of my research is to understand how telomeres protect chromosome ends and mediate their replication by telomerase. A six-protein complex, called shelterin, associates with telomeres and protects the ends of human chromosomes. A major gap in our knowledge of the shelterin complex is how its protein components organize at telomeres. I will present our recent studies that reveal the molecular architecture and functional significance of the shelterin complex. [more]


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Abid Hussain - Theory and computation of time-resolved spectroscopies for systems in complex environments


IMPRS-UFAST skills course

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Intermediate C++ for PhD students - IMPRS-UFAST skills course

The ideal programming language for a physicist would allow him to write his code in terms of physical objects, like Hamiltonians and wave functions, with all the properties we expect of such objects, without sacrificing performance to highly optimised codes. [more]

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Philipp Strasberg - Strong coupling thermodynamics and Markovian embedding strategies

Whenever a small-scale system is weakly coupled to macroscopic and Markovian reservoirs, it is possible to establish a consistent thermodynamic framework -- even for systems far away from equilibrium and even at the level of single, fluctuating trajectories. But outside the Markovian and weak coupling regime already the definition of basic quantities such as internal energy or heat becomes problematic. After reviewing the phenomenology of non-equilibrium thermodynamics, I will discuss a technique which allows to map a strongly coupled, non-Markovian system to a weakly coupled, Markovian one by appropriately including environmental degrees of freedom in the description of the system. Thus, by redefining the system-environment partition, it is possible to carry over a consistent thermodynamic framework to the strong coupling situation. [more]


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Alessandra Picchiotti - Coherent two-dimensional electronic broad-band UV-spectroscopy of DNA and its nucleobases


MPSD Seminar

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Michael Lubasch - Density Functional and Tensor Network Theory

In my talk I will discuss this question: How can density functional and tensor network theory be combined in such a way that they benefit from each other. In particular I will present our publication [1] in which we developed a systematic procedure for the approximation of density functionals in density functional theory that consists of two parts. In the first part, for the efficient approximation of a general density functional, we introduced an efficient ansatz whose non-locality can be increased systematically. In the second part, we presented a fitting strategy that is based on systematically increasing a reasonably chosen set of training densities. I will present our results from reference [1] for strongly correlated fermions on a one-dimensional lattice. In this context we focused on the exchange-correlation energy and demonstrated how an efficient approximation can be found that includes and systematically improves beyond the local density approximation. Remarkably, we could show this systematic improvement for target densities that are quite different from the training densities. [1] M. Lubasch, J. I. Fuks, H. Appel, A. Rubio, J. I. Cirac, and M.-C. Banuls, New Journal of Physics 18, 083039 (2016)." [more]

MPSD Seminar

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Yang Peng - Boundary Green functions of topological insulators and Superconductors

Topological insulators and superconductors are characterized by their gapless boundary modes. In this talk, we develop a recursive approach to the boundary Green function which encodes this nontrivial boundary physics. Our approach describes the various topologically trivial and nontrivial phases as fixed points of a recursion and provides direct access to the phase diagram, the localization properties of the edge modes, as well as topological indices. We illustrate our approach in the context of various familiar models such as the Su-Schrieffer-Heeger model, the Kitaev chain, and a model for a Chern insulator. We also show that the method provides an intuitive approach to understand recently introduced topological phases which exhibit gapless corner states. Ref: Yang Peng, Yimu Bao, Felix von Oppen, arXiv:1704.05862 (2017) [more]

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Exhibition: Arts & Science in Hamburg’s City Hall

From 1 – 15 June 2017 the cluster of excellence CUI presents images from the micro world in Hamburg’s City Hall. The exhibition is centered around the beauty of visualizations of scientific phenomena and structures researched by the Hamburg Centre for Ultrafast Imaging, flanked by photographs of experiments and labs. [more]


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Non-equlibrium Quantum Matter - Workshop (Mainz)

This workshop will bring together leadings experts, both experimentalists and theorists, who are going to present some of the most exciting recent developments in non-equilibrium many-body physics.Topics will include light-induced superconductivity, topological Floquet states, solitons in superfluids, driven cold atom systems, and many more.If you would like to attend the workshop, please visit our webpage https://www.spice.uni-mainz.de/neqm-workshop-2017/ to find the preliminary program and the online application form, which has to be submitted before February 22nd. [more]

MPSD Seminar

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Simon Wall - Spins, Phonons and Phase Separation in Correlated Materials

Electrons, phonons and spins are the key ingredients that make up correlated materials and understanding how these parameters interact is vital for determining their relative interactions. In this talk I will discuss our recent experiments on how to measure these interactions on a range of time and length-scales. I will discuss demagnetization of the antiferromagnetic Mott insulator Cr2O3 as measured through second harmonic generation, in which the demagnetization pathway is dictated by phonons. Then I will discuss the insulator to metal transition in VO2, both in terms of static nano-scale measurements of phase separation measured with resonant soft X-ray holography and dynamic measurements of how the phonon degree of freedom evolves away from the zone centre using time-resolved thermal diffuse scattering. [more]


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Workshops for PhD students on Bahrenfeld Campus - Conflict resolution skills

How to understand conflicts & solve them Conflicts appear in all areas of life and are sometimes inevitable. Since they are highly emotionally demanding, we often find it challenging to keep our mind clear and constructively think about a solution. [more]


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Workshops for PhD students on Bahrenfeld Campus - Strengths based leadership skills

The Workshop is about: Confident vulnerability. Helping individuals know what their strengths are and what they are not – and becoming comfortable with both. Confident vulnerability leaves individuals open, curious, willing to receive others’ perspectives and synergize through their differences. It is a necessary prerequisite to interdependence [more]


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Workshops for PhD students on Bahrenfeld Campus - The job interview - Business theatre with trained actors

A job interview is one of the most drawn-out and intimidating ways of making first impression. However, it’s also your opportunity to get on an employer’s good sight, which can give you a distinct edge over even those applicants whose credentials are better than yours. [more]

MPSD Seminar

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Dante Kennes - Transient superconductivity from electronic squeezing of optically pumped phonons

Advances in light sources and time resolved spectroscopy have made it possible to excite specific atomic vibrations in solids and to observe the resulting changes in electronic properties but the mechanism by which phonon excitation causes qualitative changes in electronic properties, has remained unclear. Here we show that the dominant symmetry-allowed coupling between electron density and dipole active modes implies an electron density-dependent squeezing of the phonon state which provides an attractive contribution to the electron-electron interaction, independent of the sign of the bare electron-phonon coupling and with a magnitude proportional to the degree of laser-induced phonon excitation. Reasonable excitation amplitudes lead to non-negligible attractive interactions that may cause significant transient changes in electronic properties including superconductivity. The mechanism is generically applicable to a wide range of systems, offering a promising route to manipulating and controlling electronic phase behavior in novel materials. [more]

MPSD Seminar

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Jorge Jover - Open quantum systems: a geometric description

In this talk, I will present some of the results in my PhD dissertation, whose main topic is the geometric description of open quantum systems. Differential geometry allows for an intrinsic formulation of mathematical models, thus achieving a better characterisation of their properties. I will analyse from a geometric perspective the manifold of pure and mixed states of quantum systems and its properties, such as its stratification in terms of the rank of states [1]. The algebraic properties of observables allow to define a Poisson and a symmetric tensor fields on the manifold, which are necessary in order to describe features such as dissipation and Markovian dynamics in an intrinsic way. Applications to Molecular Dynamics, in particular the Hamiltonian description of the Ehrenfest model, will also be discussed [2,3]. [1] Grabowski, Kus, Marmo. Symmetries, group actions and entanglement. Open Syst. Inf. Dyn. 13, 343–362 (2006) [2] Alonso et al. Statistics and Nosé formalism for Ehrenfest dynamics. J. Phys. A Math. Theor. 44 395004 (2011) [3] Alonso et al. Ehrenfest dynamics is purity non-preserving: a necessary ingredient for decoherence. J. Chem. Phys. 137 54106 (2012) [more]


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Workshops for PhD students on Bahrenfeld Campus - Competent at conferences

Conferences are a valuable opportunity to build your network of connections, but this doesn’t happen just by chance. Being able to initiate conversations and make a good impression quickly are key skills in making the most of your time at conferences. The Competent at Conferences workshop will teach you how to network effectively and productively at conferences, career fairs and other gatherings. [more]


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Irene Dornmair - Advanced Beam Dynamics and Diagnostics Concepts for Laser-Plasma Accelerators


MPSD Seminar

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Eryin Wang - Novel and tailored electronic structures in 2D material heterostructures

The big family of 2D materials provides variable and interesting stacking blocksfor constructing 2D heterostructures to achieve novel electronic propertiesdistinct from its constitute materials. So far, the 2D material heterostructureshave been an emerging research area with increasing scientific interest. In thistalk, I will present the angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy studies ontwo novel 2D heterostructures, Bi2Se3/BSCCO [1] and graphene/h-BN [2,3]. Iwill show how the proximity effect (in Bi2Se3/BSCCO) and moire superlatticepotential (in graphene/h-BN) tune the electronic properties and further lead tothe realization of many novel quantum phenomena. The variety of 2D materialsgenerates great possibilities in 2D heterostructures which are waiting for moreresearch investigations. [more]


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MPSD Workshop on Non-equilibrium phenomena at short length scales and in low dimensions

Invited Speakers: Jessica M. Anna, Dimitri N. Basov, Jacqueline Bloch, Andreas Heinrich, Shahal Ilani, Sebastian Loth (MPSD), Frank Koppens, Kurt Kremer, Abhay Pasupathy, Sebastian Schmidt, Tal Schwartz, Feng Wang. [more]

IMPRS-UFAST core course

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Solid State Physics

From a microscopic point of view, a solid is just a regular arrangement of atoms, embedded in a soup of electrons. Yet, a remarkably rich manifold of phenomena emerges from this simple starting point, ranging from simple metals and semiconductors to multiple kinds of magnetic order or superconductivity. In this course we will discuss basic properties of solids and their microscopic understanding. [more]

MPSD Seminar

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Sven Ahrens - Relativistic quantum dynamics and the electron spin in standing light waves

Strong laser beams allow for the coherent control of electrons, as for example electron diffraction in standing light waves [1]. In my talk I will discuss the possible manipulation of the electron spin in X-ray diffraction, in which the interacting standing wave of light can be formed from intensive and coherent X-ray beams from free-electron lasers [2]. The quantum dynamics of this process is theoretically modeled by inserting a plane wave ansatz for the electro-magnetic field and the electron wave function into the Dirac equation [3]. Based on this relativistic quantum description and substantiated by numeric and analytic solutions I will talk about the necessary kinematic conditions for generating spin effects in light-matter interaction. To the end I will present spin dynamics in circularly polarized laser fields [4,5] and discuss how circular polarization can be used for generating spin-dependent diffraction and spin polarization [6]. [1] D. L. Freimund, K. Aflatooni, H. Batelaan, Nature 413, 142 (2001). [2] S. Ahrens, H. Bauke, C. H. Keitel, and C. Müller, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 043601 (2012). [3] S. Ahrens, H. Bauke, C. H. Keitel, and C. Müller, Phys. Rev. A 88, 012115 (2013). [4] H. Bauke, S. Ahrens, C. H Keitel, R. Grobe, New J. Phys. 16, 103028 (2014). [5] H. Bauke, S. Ahrens, R. Grobe Phys. Rev. A 90, 052101 (2014). [6] S. Ahrens, arXiv:1604.06201 [quant-ph] (2016). [more]

MPSD Seminar

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Peter Deák - How to choose the correct hybrid functional for defect calculations

The electronic and optical properties of a material critically depend on its defects, and understanding that requires substantial and accurate input from theory. Defect calculations in traditional semiconductors have relied on the local and semi/local approximations of density functional theory, which in wide band gap materials may lead to fatal errors. Since first-principle total energy methods beyond these approximations cannot yet be carried out with sufficient accuracy for the supercells needed in defect calculations, nowadays semi-empirical hybrid functionals are often applied instead. In my talk I will analyze the performance of the HSE06 screened hybrid functional on defects in Group-IV semiconductors and in TiO2, and show that its success is the result of error compensation between semi-local and non-local exchange, resulting in a proper derivative discontinuity (reproduction of the band gap) and a total energy which is a linear function of the fractional occupation numbers (removing most of the electron self-interaction). As it is well known, however, HSE06 does not work equally well for all materials. On the example of Ga2O3, I will show that tuning both the mixing and the screening parameter of HSE for the given material allows to ensure the same error compensation. Unless the electronic screening is strongly direction- or orbital-dependent (as in ZnO), the optimized HSE hybrid is nearly self-interaction free and provides a band structure on par with GW. Since the total energy can also be calculated, the real equilibrium structure of a defect can be found and the levels are in good agreement with experimental observations. [more]

March for Science

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March for Science (non MPSD)

Just a little information about the March for Science which will also have a satellite march in the city of Hamburg (there will be no official MPSD participation). Further informations on the websites: https://www.marchforscience.com/ and http://marchforsciencehamburg.de [more]

IMPRS-UFAST skills course

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Good scientific practice

Want to learn more about good scientific practice? This course wants to support doctoral students to develop a responsible professional conduct as researchers. You will gain a general understanding of good scientific practice and scientific misconduct. [more]

Nonlinear harmonic generation and ultrafast studies of perovskite iridates

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Hao Chu - Nonlinear harmonic generation and ultrafast studies of perovskite iridates

The perovskite iridate Srn+1IrnO3n+1 realizes an interesting analogue to the cuprate high Tc superconductor. When electron-doped, the single-layer Sr2IrO4 is shown to manifest a pseudogap phase and possibly d-wave superconductivity. Using second harmonic generation rotational anisotropy, we show that near the antiferromagnetic transition there exists a magnetic multipolar order that breaks inversion symmetry in hole-doped Sr2IrO4. One candidate for this order is the loop current order that is predicted to exist in the pseudogap region of cuprate. In bilayer Sr3Ir2O7, electron-doping has been found to induce an insulator-to-metal transition in addition to a structural phase transition at low temperature. There has been no prior experimental evidence of electronic instabilities in the bilayer system. Using time-resolved optical reflectivity, we detect a charge-density-wave-like instability in metallic samples of electron-doped Sr3Ir2O7. The absence of signatures of a new spatial periodicity from diffraction, scanning tunnelling and photoemission based probes suggests an unconventional and possibly short-ranged nature of this density wave order. [more]


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Julia Hengster - Towards ultrafast time-resolved experiments with nanoscale objects and surfaces


MPSD Seminar

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Noejung Park - Ab initio study of ultrafast dynamics of spin-valley polarized states in TMDC with a particular focus on the role of phonon

The valley degree of freedom and the possibility of spin-valley coupling of solid materials have attracted growing interest, and the relaxation dynamics of spin- and valley-polarized states has become an important focus of recent studies. In spin-orbit-coupled inversion-asymmetric two-dimensional materials, such as MoS2, it has been found that the spin randomization is characteristically faster than the time scales for inter- and intra-valley scatterings. In this talk, I present our recent study of the ultrafast non-collinear spin dynamics of the electron in a valley of monolayer MoS2 by using real-time propagation time-dependent density functional theory. We found that the spin precession is sharply selectively coupled only with the particular optical phonon that lifts the in-plane mirror symmetry. We suggest that the observed spin randomization can be attributed to this spin-phonon interaction. Further, our results imply that flipping of spins in a spin-orbit-coupled system can be achieved by the control over phonons. In a later part of the talk, I would also describe the feature of the computational package we have developed and have used for the spin-phonon dynamics, which is based on the plane-wave basis set and various types of pseudopotentials. [more]

MPSD Seminar

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Vahid Sandoghdar - Nano-Quantum-Optics: from single photons and emitters to cooperative effects

I plan to start this presentation with an overview of our work over the past decade on the efficient coupling of light and single quantum emitters, leading to the single-photon communication of two individual molecules at long distances [1]. In this context, we will also discuss new results on a high-efficiency triggered source of single photons [2] and coherent nonlinear optical phenomena, which let a single organic molecule act as an efficient switch for weak beams of light [3]. The long-term goal of these projects is to establish a platform for nano-quantum-optical operations and cooperative interactions in a mesoscopic system of photons and quantum emitters [4, 5]. In order to achieve this, we have developed novel microcavity [6] and chip-based nanoguide circuitry [7] for use at cryogenic conditions.References:[1] Y. Rezus, et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 093601 (2012). [2] X-L. Chu, et al., Nature Photonics, 11, 58 (2017).[3] A. Maser, et al., Nature Photonics 10, 450 (2016).[4] S. Faez, et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 213601 (2014). [5] H. Haakh, et al., Phys. Rev. A, 94, 053840 (2016).[6] D. Wang, et al., Phys. Rev. X, under review.[7] P. Türschmann, et al., submitted. [more]

MPSD Seminar

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Dr. Heloise Therien-Aubin - Engineering the interface of nanocolloids with polymers

In the design of nanocolloids for targeted applications, whether the nanoparticles are used as drug delivery vehicles or as filler in nanocomposites, it is crucial to control the stability, the miscibility and/or the self-assembly of the nanocolloids. In order to gain such control, the surface of the nanocolloid is frequently functionalized by tethering a corona of either small molecules or polymer chains. The nature and the composition of the corona formed by the tethered molecules dictate the interactions between the nanocolloids and their environment and thus the final behavior of the material. Nanoparticles functionalized with a corona of polymer brush were used in the design of hierarchically structured materials and displayed new collective properties. By varying the degree of polymerization, the grafting density and the chemical composition of the polymer chains, a variety of structures were obtained. We now want to establish a correlation between the mesoscopic properties observed in these nanoparticle-based systems with the properties, structure and dynamic of the polymer brush layer. [more]

MPSD Seminar

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Michael Lorke - Carrier dynamics in MoS2

In the context of the current interest in transition-metal dichalcogenides, we study the optical generation and relaxation of excited carriers and their influence on optical properties. [more]

MPSD Seminar

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Claudius Hubig - Time Evolution with a Krylov Variant for MPS Time Evolution with a Krylov Variant for MPS

I will briefly motivate the need for time-evolution methods on matrix-product states and provide an overview over the available methods. Focus will then be placed on the Krylov subspace method to evaluate exp(-tH)|ψ❭, starting from a naive translation of the standard method suitable for dense matrix-vector arithmetic to matrix-product arithmetic. Key improvements that can be made to the algorithm when applied to matrix-product arithmetics will then be illustrated, resulting in increased precision and reduced computational effort. [more]


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MPSD Seminar

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Tong Zhou - Quantum Spin-quantum Anomalous Hall Effect with Tunable Edge States in Sb Monolayer-based Materials

The quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) effect, quantum spin Hall (QSH) effect and (quantum) valley Hall ((Q)VH) effect have attracted considerable attention in condensed matter physics and material science. Generally, only one of the QAH, QSH, and QVH effects can be realized in a specific system. It would be very interesting if these three effects can be achieved in one single system. In this talk, I shall represent this interesting imagination may be realized in Sb monolayer-based materials, where the QAH state occurs at one valley and the QSH state occurs at the other valley, called quantum spin-quantum anomalous Hall (QSQAH) effect. [more]


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Kemal Shafak - Large-scale laser-microwave synchronization for attosecond photon science facilities


IMPRS-UFAST core course

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Ultrafast techniques

The course focuses on the use of modern light/ X-ray/ electron sources for investigating the physics/ chemistry/ biology phenomena. We will discuss scattering and image reconstruction techniques, spectroscopy and their use for time-resolved measurements . Key questions addressed are which techniques exist, how to use them, and which method is best used to reach a certain goal. [more]

IMPRS-UFAST skills course

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Introduction to C++ for PhD students

In this C++ introductory course, you will completely learn the basic C++ syntaxes and will become familiar with object-oriented programming.As the course is going to be project-oriented, we will start by a physical problem from the beginning of the class and you will be instructed to implement a code to solve the problem during the course. [more]

MPSD Seminar

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Ra’anan I. Tobey - Transient Grating Spectroscopy in Magnetic Thin Films: Elastic Excitation of a Transient Magnonic Crystal

Control of material properties is one of the driving forces in ultrafast optical sciences. The notion that light can influence material parameters is founded on a wide range of experiments demonstrating optomagnetic control, light induced superconductivity, and the photo induced insulator to metal transition in a wide range of materials. A recent addition to the tool chest of control methodologies is the excitation of acoustic waves, and their effect on intrinsic materials properties; particularly the material magnetization via magnetostrictive effects. [more]


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Eliza Casandruc - Nonlinear Optical Control of Josephson Coupling in Cuprates


MPSD Seminar

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Michael Sentef - Light-enhanced electron-phonon coupling from nonlinear electron-phonon coupling

In light of recent experiments suggesting light-induced superconductivity [1] as well as light-enhanced electron-lattice coupling [2] for strongly driven IR phonons, it is natural to ask for a minimal and generic theoretical model that predicts such enhancement effects of important couplings in different material classes. One idea that comes to mind is nonlinear electron-phonon coupling [3,4]. A quadratic coupling term of the form " g2 nel x2IR " is generically the lowest order symmetry-allowed direct coupling of an IR-active phonon coordinate xIR to the electronic density nel in systems with inversion symmetry. In this talk I will present model evidence for light-enhanced electron-phonon coupling and light-induced effective attraction between electrons based on nonlinear electron-phonon coupling [3], the latter of which was already discussed in a similar context in [4]. [1] M. Mitrano et al., Nature 530, 461 (2016) [2] E. Pomarico et al., Phys. Rev. B 95, 024304 (2017) [3] M. A. Sentef, arXiv: 1702.00952 [4] D. M. Kennes et al., Nature Physics (2017) , doi:10.1038/nphys4024, arXiv:1609.03802 [more]

MPSD Seminar

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Markus Kowalewski - Coherent Signatures of Conical Intersections in Ultrafast X-Ray Spectroscopy

The rates and outcomes of virtually all photochemical and photobiological processes are dominated by conical intersections (CIs), which provide a fast sub-100-femtosecond nonradiative pathway back to the ground state. At a CI, the electronic and nuclear degrees of freedom frequencies are comparable and strongly mix due to the breakdown of the Born-Oppenheimer approximation. [more]

MPSD Seminar

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Kota Ido: " Time-dependent variational Monte Carlo method for nonequilibrium strongly correlated electron systems and its application "

Strongly correlated electron systems driven out of equilibrium have attracted much attention because of potential routes to realizing intriguing phenomena that are not attainable in the equilibrium. To treat such systems, we proposed a time-dependent trial wave function with many variational parameters for the time-dependent variational Monte Carlo method. To show the accuracy of our trial wave function in nonequilibrium states, we present our benchmark results for relaxation dynamics during and after interaction quench protocols of fermionic Hubbard models. We find that our trial wave function well reproduces the exact results for the time evolution of physical quantities such as momentum distribution and superconducting correlations. As its application, I will show the dynamics of d-wave superconductivity in two-dimensional correlated electron system under a laser irradiation. Our results show that the superconductivity can be enhanced by irradiating strong laser. I will discuss the origins of this enhancement associated with the laser effect and the relation between superconductivity and charge inhomogeneous phases. [more]

CFEL Molecular Physics Seminar

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Yoni Toker: Watching Isolated Molecules Change Their Shape

Recently it has been shown that using two stages of ion mobility it is possible to measure isomerizations - structural changes in isolated molecules. Moreover, it is possible to measure the relative energies of different isomers and to deduce the barrier energy for each isomerization pathway. We have applied the technique to one of the most biologically important cases; that of the retinal protonated Schiff base (RPSB). RPSB is the chromophore which acts as a photon detector in every known form of animal vision. The primary step in vision is photoisomerization of the RPSB, which then activates the surrounding protein. We have studied the barrier energies for isomerizations of the RPSB and have shown them to be significantly lower than within the protein. We have also compared different derivatives of the chromophore and shown that slight changes to the structure of the chromophore, can dramatically effects its energy landscape. [more]

MPSD Seminar

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Klaas Giesbertz - One-body reduced density matrix to potential mapping in finite basis sets at elevated temperatures One-body reduced density matrix to potential mapping in finite basis sets at elevated temperatures

Density functional theory in finite basis sets tends to degenerate to one-body reduced (1RDM) functional theory. As all calculations are done in finite basis sets, a rigorous foundation of 1RDM functional theory is desirable. To avoid uniqueness problems in the potential to 1RDM mapping, I will discuss the foundations of 1RDM functional theory in finite basis sets at finite temperatures, both for fermions and bosons. The fermionic case turns out to be relatively straightforward, but the bosonic case requires more care. The main result is that we can rigorously proof v-representability and functional differentiability in this setting. [more]

MPSD Seminar

9039 1487062924

Alexander Weismann: "Ballistic transport through magnetic atoms and molecules studied with conductance and shot noise spectroscopy"

The scanning tunneling microscope allows to build and study nanostructures at a single atom level. It can be further used to explore the ballistic electron transport regime by bringing the tip into contact with single atoms and molecules in a well-defined way. The measurement of quantum shot noise in nanoscopic contacts provides additional information on the underlying conduction processes and reveals a spin polarization of the current by single Fe and Co atoms between two gold electrodes. The impact of spin-orbit coupling on electron transport is demonstrated using single Ir atoms on a ferromagnetic substrate, where large changes of the anisotropic magnetoresistance are observed between the tunneling and the contact regime. In ballistic transport through a Mn-porphyrin molecule we demonstrate, that the voltage drop over the molecular junction moves from the tip-molecule gap to the molecule-substrate bond for higher conductances. This strongly modifies the shape of the measured Kondo resonance. [more]

MPSD Seminar

9024 1487072064

Niko Säkkinen - Application of Time-Dependent Many-Body Perturbation Theory to Excitation Spectra of Selected Finite Model Systems

Many-Body Perturbation Theory (MBPT) is a methodology routinely employed in computational spectroscopy to calculate photoemission and absorption spectra. However, usually these computational experiments are only possible for real nanostructures, solids, etc. by resorting to simple approximations in which, e.g., self-consistency is neglected. [more]

IMPRS-UFAST core course

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Source technology

The course provides an overview of the working principles of modern light/ X-ray/electron sources, including the respective physics background and their currentstrengths and limitations. The focus will be on techniques and technical basics. [more]

IMPRS-UFAST skills course

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Preparing for your PhD defence

In this workshop participants have the opportunity to strategically engage with the upcoming oral examination. They develop individual strategies for preparing themselves and learn techniques so they can direct the discussion even at critical points. [more]

CFEL Theory Seminar

8895 1486037106

Matteo Puviani - Strongly correlated Floquet systems: Cluster Perturbation Theory approach

Under the influence of periodic fields quantum systems may reach regimes inaccessible under equilibrium conditions and new phases may be engineered by a tunable control [1]. The coexistence of periodic driving forces and electron-electron correlation is particularly interesting for two main reasons: on one side the external driving effectively modulates the inter-site hopping enhancing the effects of the e-e repulsion and the tendency to an insulating behaviour. On the other hand, irradiation itself is responsible for a photo-doping consisting in an electronic energy dressing that may turn a Mott insulator into a metal. Due to these competing effects, novel phenomena are expected when strongly correlated quantum systems are exposed to time-dependent fields. [more]

MPSD Seminar

8389 1484647341

Tetiana Rokhmanova - Reflection, Transmission, and Transformation of Electromagnetic Waves in Layered Superconductors

The presentation aims to give a brief review of several theoretical works carried out for layered superconductors [1-4]. It will be shown that the dependence of the transmission coefficient of nonlinear THz waves on the incident wave amplitude shows hysteretic behavior both when the waves are propagating along and across superconducting layers. The polarization transformation of incident waves after their reflection and transmission through a layered superconductor can occur. However, there exist two waves with mutually orthogonal polarizations, which practically do not interact with each other even in the nonlinear case. Using these two mutually orthogonal polarizations, we study polarization transformation of nonlinear transverse electric and transverse magnetic waves. In addition, we show that external magnetic field can be effectively used to control transparency and polarization transformation in layered superconductors. [more]

IMPRS-UFAST core course

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The theory of electronic structure and molecular dynamics

The course provides an overview of molecular electronic structure theory, covering the Hartree-Fock method, many-body perturbation theory, multiconfiguration self-consistent field, configuration interaction, coupled cluster, and density functional theory. Also it will discuss how to treat the interaction of molecules with electromagnetic fields. After this, it will cover the basics of molecular dynamics. [more]

Hamburg Photon Science Colloquium

6709 1479908856

Matthias Bartelmann - A microscopic theory for cosmic structures

Our Universe is permeated by a network of filamentary structures showing a remarkable degree of universality. When treated as a huge ensemble of correlated classical particles out of equilibrium, the properties and the evolution of these structures can be modelled and understood in a straightforward way. I shall describe a new theory for cosmic structures and first results obtained from it. [more]


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Antoine Georges - Quantum Matter - from hot superconductors to cold atoms


MPSD Seminar

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Enrico Ronca - Theoretical Methods for Excited State Properties in Extended Systems

Light matter interaction is involved in several fundamental processes in Chemistry, Physics and Biology and is at the basis of Spectroscopy, experimental technique representing probably the most important source of information about properties of matter. Due to the significant improvements introduced in the last decades, spectroscopic techniques became very accurate and the interpretation of spectra, just by observation of the experimental results, became sometimes extremely complicated. For this reason the need of accurate theoretical methods able to reproduce and interpret the experimental results is becoming more and more pressing. The accurate theoretical simulation of spectra is therefore a very a challenging task, in particular for extended systems for which only approximated methods can be used. [more]

IMPRS-UFAST skills course

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Getting tasks done

A PhD is a marathon not a sprint. The sheer number of different tasks that need to be done can sometimes be overwhelming. Being able to set goals, prioritise tasks and remain motivated are skills essential for the progression and achievement of your PhD. [more]

Hamburg Photon Science Colloquium

6708 1479908841

Justin Wark - Creating & Diagnosing Solid Density Plasmas with an X-ray FEL

4th generation light sources provide the capability to irradiate solids with X-rays at intensities in the range of optical lasers. At high focused intensities and sub-100 fs pulse lengths, solid targets transform to plasmas at several millions of degrees Kelvin. Detailed X-Ray spectroscopy allows us to probe the physics of these dense plasmas, and initial results have challenged our understanding of such basic details as how many bound states exist, and the rate at which collisions occur. It appears that current understanding of dense plasmas is woefully inadequate. [more]

MPSD Seminar

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Ultrafast spintronics with terahertz radiation

Terahertz (THz) electromagnetic radiation is located in the gap that separates the realms of electronics (<1 THz) and optics (>30 THz). Sub-picosecond THz pulses are capable of probing and even controlling numerous low-energy excitations such as phonons, excitons and Cooper pairs. Here, we consider experiments showing that THz radiation is also a very useful and versatile tool in the fields of spintronics and ultrafast magnetism. First, we optically launch ultrafast spin transport and study its conversion into charge currents by means of the inverse spin Hall effect [Nature Nanotech. 8, 256 (2013)]. The charge current can be detected by sampling the concomitantly emitted THz radiation. This approach allows us to monitor ultrafast spin currents and provides a quick and easy estimate of the strength of the spin Hall effect in a contact-free manner. In addition, optimization of the spintronic structure has led to new, efficient and scalable emitters of THz pulses that fully cover the range from 1 to 30 THz without gap [Nature Photon. 10, 483 (2016)]. Second, we address spin-lattice coupling by selective excitation of optical phonons in the model ferrimagnetic insulator Y3Fe5O12 (YIG) and find a quenching of magnetic order on a time scale as short as 1 ps. This observation attests to a highly efficient coupling of crystal lattice and electron spins in this material. [more]

MPSD Seminar

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Julian Gebhardt: Ab initio modeling of perovskite materials and two-dimensional organic networks

Perovskite materials with stoichiometry ABX3 are a rich family of ionic compounds with many technological interesting properties. They can be traditional inorganic, metal per- ovskites or hybrid perovskites with one organic cation. In this talk I want to discuss some results of a special modification of the latter kind, the so-called layered perovskites. This family of structures is currently rediscovered, and we report on the geometrical and electronic structure of one promising candidate ((C6H5C2H4NH3)2PbI4) with phenethylammonium cations on the A-site and compare the differences towards the benchmark case of three-dimensional (3D) hybrid perovskites, CH3PbI3. The influence of varying the cation as well as changing the dimensionality from 3D to 2D systems is discussed by comparing bulk and monolayer structures of both systems. In addition, insight into the optical behavior and the observed electron-phonon coupling will be given. [more]


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Wei Liu - Advanced ultrafast fiber laser sources enabled by fiber nonlinearities


Hamburg Photon Science Colloquium

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Kwang S. Kim - Carbon based nano-optics, -electronics and -spintronics

I discuss the interplay between theory and experiment to design super functional carbon-based nanomaterials/nanodevices. These include intriguing organic nanostructures, graphene and functionalized carbon hybrid materials for energy harvesting, solar cells, fuel cells, gas storage, water remediation and medical treatment. Hyperresolution phenomena by nano-lensing, super-paramagnetism driven water remediation, and super-magnetoresitance & ultrafast DNA sequencing of graphene nanoribbon are addressed. [more]

MPSD Seminar

7874 1481126186

Michael Ridley - Partition-free theory of time-dependent current correlations in nanojunctions in response to an arbitrary time-dependent bias

Working within the Nonequilibrium Green's Function formalism, a formula for the two-time current correlation function is derived for the case of transport through a nanojunction in response to an arbitrary time-dependent bias. The one-particle Hamiltonian and the wide band limit approximation are assumed, enabling us to extract all necessary Green's functions and self-energies for the system, extending the analytic work presented previously [Ridley et al. Phys. Rev. B (2015)]. [more]


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Annual General Meeting at MPSD


MPSD Seminar

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Superconductivity in alkali doped fullerenes

In this very informal talk I will first briefly present our view on superconductivity in alkali doped fullerenes. In particular, I will discuss how it is at all possible that M3C60 has an s-wave condensate despite the sizeable intra-molecular Coulomb repulsion relatively to the narrow molecular bandwidth. In the second part of the talk I will review what it is known about the MIR optical properties of doped fullerenes and try to build a link with the remarkable Hamburg observation of a large enhancement of Tc under intense THz pumping. [more]

Hamburg Photon Science Colloquium

6706 1479908811

Hermann Dürr - Controlling spins in space and time

Magnetism is a quantum effect that has fascinated mankind for millennia and also led to many modern-day applications, very prominently in information processing and storage. Now available polarized soft X-ray pulses from X-FELs with sub-100 fs duration allow observing magnetic interactions at work in their natural length and timescales. I will show how the challenges for performing time-resolved XMCD at the Linac Coherent Light Source have recently been overcome and give an overview how such studies help to understand the fundamental speed limits for nanoscale spin motion. [more]


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Sharareh Sayyad - Nonequilibrium electron-lattice dynamics



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Khalid Siddiqui - Investigating photoinduced phenomena in molecular crystals with prospects for atomically-resolved dynamics


IMPRS-UFAST skills course

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Presentation skills

“Poets are born – speakers are made.” Public speaking is a necessity in scientific life. Take part in this two-days course, find out what your strengths are and develop your individual presentation profile. Take steps to learn how to lead the audience from your first appearance on stage until the last question in the discussion. Be authentic, enthusiastic and convincing! [more]

Hamburg Photon Science Colloquium

6705 1479908795

Thomas Ebbesen - The Alchemy of Vacuum – Hybridizing Light and Matter

Strong coupling of light and matter can give rise to a multitude of exciting physical effects through the formation of delocalized hybrid light-matter states. After introducing the fundamental concepts, examples of modified properties under strong coupling, such as enhanced charge transport in organic semiconductors and non-radiative energy transfer, will be given to illustrate the broad potential of light-matter states. [more]

MPSD Seminar

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Cedric Weber - Many body effects in transition metal molecular systems

Phenomena that are connected to quantum mechanics, such as magnetism, transport, and the effect of impurity atoms and disorder, and their relation to material design and energy needs are important for almost every branch of the industry. Density functional theory (DFT) was successful at making accurate Predictions for many materials, in particular compounds which have a metallic behaviour. DFT combines high accuracy and moderate computational cost, but the computational effort of performing calculations with conventional DFT approaches is still non negligible and scales with the cube of the number of atoms. A recent optimised implementation of DFT was however shown to scale linearly with the number of atoms (ONETEP), and opened the route to large scale DFT calculations for molecules and nano-structures. Nonetheless, one bottleneck of DFT and ONETEP, is that it fails at describing well some of the compounds where strong correlations are present, in particular because the computational scheme has to capture both the band-like character of the uncorrelated part of the compound and the Mott-like features emerging from the local strongly correlated centres. A recent progress has been made in this direction by the dynamical mean-field theory (DMFT), that allows to describe the two limits (metal and insulator) in a remarkable precise way when combined with DFT. The ONETEP+DMFT implementation and strategies to overcome the main bottlenecks of this type of calculations will be discussed, and its applications illustrated by a few case of studies, such as the role of quantum entanglement in Myoglobin and heme systems. [more]


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Krishna Murari - Few-cycle high-energy mid-infrared pulse from Ho:YLF laser


Hamburg Photon Science Colloquium

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Horst Weller - Nanocrystals in materials and life science applications

Nanocrystals are already used for many applications in technical products for everyday life. The talk will describe actual developments such as quantum dots in display and lighting technology, ultra-hard nanocomposite materials and materials for the visualization of biological events or malignant cells or tissues. Different chemical approaches and factors determining the biological response on fully synthetic nanocrystals will be reported. We will present approaches to improve targeting specificity and concepts to optimize physical proper ties to increase the sensitivity for imaging. [more]

MPSD Seminar

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Matteo Lucchini - Attosecond dynamics in polycrystalline diamond

The possibility to manipulate the electrical properties of matter with very short opticalpulses is a fascinating field of research with possible far reaching applications inmany relevant technological fields. The first step towards the realization of this goal is to understand the ultrafast dynamics at the basis of light-matter interaction. Short and intense pulses allowed us to investigate a very interesting regime where the photon energy becomes comparable to the cycle-averaged kinetic energy of the electrons in the field. As the optical response of the material transitions from a classical to quantum-mechanical description many intriguing effects co-exist in this regime and the importance of inter- versus intra-band transitions is still debated. We used attosecond transient absorption spectroscopy (ATAS) to study the optical response of polycrystalline diamond driven by few-femtosecond, intense (IIR ~1012 W/cm2) infrared (IR) pulses. We monitored the system response by looking at the induced change in the absorbance with a 250-as pulse centred around 40 eV. We observed the appearance of oscillating features which modulate at twice the IR frequency, ωIR, and fully recover after the interaction. Simultaneous photoelectron acquisition from a gas nozzle placed in front of the diamond target allowed us to study the phase relation of the oscillating features and the pumping IR field. We found that the timing of the diamond response changes significantly with the probing energy and does not always follow the IR field adiabatically. Ab initio calculations performed by coupling time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) in real time with Maxwell’s equations reproduced the experimental observations. Further comparison with a numerical two-band model allowed us to conclude that intra-band motion dominates over inter-band transitions, thus identifying the dynamical Franz- Keldysh effect as the dominant mechanism in this regime. Our analysis constitutes an important step towards a full understanding of the optical properties of dielectrics in the Petahertz regime. [more]

CFEL Molecular Physics Seminar

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Samuel Leutwyler - Cytosines: Excited-State Lifetimes, Nonradiative Decay Mechanism and Water Clusters

Photophysical investigations of the canonical nucleobases that make up DNA and RNA show that in room-temperature solvents, their excited states decay with (sub)picosecond lifetimes (τ = 0.3–2 ps). The apparent generality of ultrafast excited-state deactivation in the canonical nucleobases has led to the hypothesis that nucleobases are molecular survivors of the harsh UV environment on the early Earth before the emergence of life. [more]

CFEL Theory Seminar

7702 1479395160

Ulrich Schollwöck - Disentangling strongly correlated Quantum Systems

Strongly correlated quantum systems, where more traditional methods of quantum many-body physics fail, have attracted enormous attention over the last decades but still provide formidable problems for our understanding: High-Tc superconductors, frustrated quantum magnets, transition metal oxide and rear earth materials, ultracold atomic gases in optical lattices. Key numerical advances have been made using so-called tensor network methods, the best known of which is the density matrix renormalization group (DMRG). After an introduction into the methodology, I want to presentselected results from areas which in my view present particularly interesting challenges also in the future: non-equilibrium dynamics of correlated systems (here: ultracold atoms in lattices) and material properties of threedimensionaltransition metal oxides. [more]

MPSD Seminar

7683 1479296282

Sergey Brener - Some aspects of intrinsic electron-photon interaction in black phosphorus

Flexural and in-plane thermal fluctuations in crystalline membranes affect the band structure of the carriers, which has an effect on transport properties as well as carrier density of states of 2D systems. I consider a specific example of one-layer black phosphorus, which is a highly anisotropic material, and present our recent results on intrinsic carrier mobility. In contrast to graphene, where the mobility is determined by two-phonon (flexural) scattering, in black phosphorus one-phonon (in-plane) processes dominate. I also will show the results on DOS tail for holes in black phosphorus that have quasi-one-dimensional dispersion (my /mx » 1) and, as a result, an enhanced Van Hove singularity at the valence band top. Interaction with flexural phonons results in smearing of this singularity and to an appearing of a tail in DOS in the gap. The material parameters are determined by ab initio GW calculations and then are used for quantitative estimation of the above-mentioned effects. [more]

IMPRS-UFAST focus course

7684 1479305986

Experimental methods in materials research

This course will provide an overview of selected techniques used to probe the microscopic properties of condensed matter. The course will cover the use of these methods at steady state as well as their extension to transient measurements of non-equilibrium phenomena in condensed matter. [more]

Hamburg Photon Science Colloquium

6704 1479370972

Kerry Vahala - Towards integrated optical clocks & frequency comb spectroscopy systems

Like a tuning fork for light, optical resonators have a characteristic set of frequencies at which it is possible to confine light waves. At these frequencies, optical energy can be efficiently stored for lengths of time characterized by the resonator Q factor, roughly the storage time in cycles of oscillation. In the past there has been remarkable progress in boosting optical storage time in micro and millimeter-scale optical resonators with Q factors exceeding 100 billion. This opens up new opportunities to access a wide range of nonlinear phenomena and to create laser devices operating at low power. After reviewing the nonlinear physics of these devices, current efforts to miniaturize time standards and stable frequency sources for metrology and spectroscopy will be described. [more]

CFEL Molecular Physics Seminar

7659 1479370954

Bernd Winter - Electronic structure of aqueous solutions from liquid-jet soft-X-ray photoelectron and autoionization spectroscopy

Soft-X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy from liquid microjets has considerably contributed to an understanding of the electronic structure of aqueous solutions. Quantities that can be obtained include valence and core-level electron binding energies of both water solvent and atomic as well as molecular solutes. [more]

IMPRS-UFAST core course

7690 1479909142

Non-linear optics

The course provides an overview of the working principles of nonlinear optics with a focus on the basic physical concepts. We start from introducing relevant topics in linear optics (e.g., Maxwell equation, Lorentz model, Crystal optics, Optical pulse and dispersion), and continue to discuss key concepts in nonlinear optics such as phase matching and quasi phase matching, second-order nonlinear effects, and third-order nonlinear effects. [more]


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Frontiers in Physical Sciences

This symposium aims to enhance scientific cooperation between scientists from Argentina, Latin America and Max Planck Institutes. It is jointly organized by the International Center for Advanced Studies (ICAS) and the Max Planck Liason Office for Latin America, in cooperation with the Kolleg Programme of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. [more]

Hamburg Photon Science Colloquium

6703 1477059273

Faster than a Cycle of Light

Watching a single molecule move on its intrinsic time scale has been a dream of modern nanoscience. We show how a single oscillation cycle of phase-stable infrared pulses can accelerate and recollide electrons in solids. By combining this idea with sub-angstrom spatial resolution of scanning tunnelling microscopy we manage to control the ultrafast quantum motion of individual electrons in a single orbital of one molecule. Such elementary quantum processes allow us to record first slow-motion movies of individual vibrating molecules. [more]

MPSD Seminar

7604 1478683829

Energy and Entropy Transfer in Natural and Handmade Systems

The talk will cover the resonance energy transfer in light-harvesting systems and entropy transfer in nanomechancial resonators.In the first part, I will present a classical formulation of the quantum multichromophoric theory of resonance energy transfer developed on the basis of classical electrodynamics. The theory allows for the identification of a variety of processes of different order in the interactions that contribute to the energy transfer in molecular aggregates with intracoupling in donors and acceptor chromophores. Enhanced rates in multichromophoric resonance energy transfer are shown to be well described by this theory. Specifically, in a coupling configuration between $N_A$ acceptors and $N_D$ donors, the theory correctly predicts an enhancement of the energy transfer rate dependent on the total number of donoracceptor pairs. As an example, the theory, applied to the transfer rate in light harvesting II, gives results in excellent agreement with experiment. Finally, it is explicitly shown that as long as linear response theory holds, the classical multichromophoric theory formally coincides with the quantum formulation.In the second part, I will present a sideband cooling strategy that incorporates (i) the dynamics induced by structured (non-Markovian) environments in the target and auxiliary systems and (ii) the optimally time-modulated interaction between them. For the context of cavity optomechanics, when non-Markovian dynamics are considered in the target system, ground state cooling is reached at much faster rates and at much lower phonon occupation number than previously reported. In contrast to similar current strategies, ground state cooling is reached here for coupling-strength rates that are experimentally accessible for the state-of-the-art implementations. After the ultrafast optimal-ground-state-cooling protocol is accomplished, an additional optimal control strategy is considered to maintain the phonon number as closer as possible to the one obtained in the cooling procedure. Contrary to the conventional expectation, when non-Markovian dynamics are considered in the auxiliary system, the efficiency of the cooling protocol is undermined. [more]


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CUI International Symposium 2016

CUI invites to its fourth International Symposium on Thursday, 10 November 2016, in the Center for Free Electron Laser Science. In honor of the winner of this year’s Hamburg Prize for Theoretical Physics the symposium will cover modern trends in condensed matter physics. The prize is worth 40 000 Euro and will be presented by the Joachim Herz Stiftung together with CUI to Russian physicist Mikhail Katsnelson. [more]

MPSD Seminar

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Transport through strongly correlated systems described by density functional theory

In this talk I will describe the evolution of our understanding on how to describe transport through strongly correlated systems in the framework of density functional theory (DFT).A first indication that DFT might be useful to tackle this situation came with the realization that the Kondo plateau in the zero-bias conductance may already be captured at the level of standard Landauer theory combined with DFT. Later it has been shown how the description of Coulomb blockade in the zero-bias limit can be achieved within DFT. In a more recent development we have proposed a DFT formalism to describe electronic transport in the steady state which uses the density on the junction and the steady current as basic variables. In a finite window around zero bias, a one-to-one map is established between the basic variables and both local potential on as well as bias across the junction. The resulting Kohn-Sham system features two exchange-correlation (xc) potentials, a local xc potential and an xc contribution to the bias. For weakly coupled junctions the xc potentials exhibit steps in the density-current plane which are shown to be crucial to describe the Coulomb blockade diamonds.Finally, I will present a recent parametrization of the xc potentials for the single-impurity Anderson model which correctly incorporates both the Kondo and Coulomb blockade regimes, i.e., both zero and finite temperature. This parametrization allows for calculation of currents and differential conductances at arbitrary bias and temperature at negligible numerical cost but with the accuracy of sophisticated renormalization group methods. [more]

MPSD Seminar

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Designer nanostructures for visible light

There exists a size difference between molecules and visible wavelengths. Nanofabrication techniques can be adopted to obtain designed meta-molecules or meta-materials, with interesting optical properties. [more]

Hamburg Photon Science Colloquium

6702 1477058965

Nanomembrane Devices: from Concepts to Applications

Nanomembranes are thin, flexible, transferable and can be assembled into 3D micro- and nanoarchitectures. This makes them attractive for a broad range of applications and scientific research fields ranging from strain-tunable heterostructure devices to ultra-compact 3D systems both on and off the chip. Rolled-up nanomembranes can be exploited to rigorously compact electronic circuitry, create novel optical components and open up pathways towards entirely new biomedical applications. [more]

MPSD Seminar

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TDDFT in solids for electron dynamics induced by ultrashort laser pulses

Since 2000, we have been developing a real-time, real-space computationalmethod based on time-dependent density functional theory to describe electron dynamics in crystalline solids induced by light pulses. In a microscopic scale, we solve the time-dependent Kohn-Sham equation in a unit cell of solid treating the applied electric field is by the vector potential. We further combine the microscopic calculation with the dynamics of light electromagnetic field in a multiscale modeling, as describe in the figure. In my presentation, I first explain our method including some historical aspects. Then I will show some recent and on-going applications such as energy transfer from a femtosecond laser pulse to electrons in quartz and graphite, and ultrafast changes of dielectric properties of diamond by an intense laser pulse. [more]

MPSD Seminar

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Designing Excitons in van der Waals Heterostructures

Van der Waals heterostructures (vdWHs) represent a novel and largely unexplored class of materials. Since 2013, when Geim and Grigorieva first conceived the stacking of 2D (two-dimensional) materials to create artificial layered structures with tailored properties, a number of promising (opto)electronics devices, e.g. light emitting diodes, solar cells, ultra-fast photodetectors, transistors etc. have been successfully fabricated. It is well established that for isolated 2D semiconductors and vdWHs the optical response is governed by excitonic effects. A theoretical understanding of excitonic effects and of how the electronic screening is affected for the more complex case of multi-layer structures is still lacking due to the computational limitations of standard ab-initio methods. [more]


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20. Deutsche Physikerinnentagung

Die jährliche Deutsche Physikerinnentagung wird von der Deutschen Physikalischen Gesellschaft (DPG) und ihrem Arbeitskreis Chancengleichheit veranstaltet. Dabei bekommen Physikerinnen aus allen Bereichen und Karrierestufen die Chance sich miteinander zu vernetzen und auszutauschen. Im Vordergrund steht dabei ein fächerübergreifender fachlicher Austausch, um einen Überblick aus allen Bereichen der Forschung und der Physik zu erhalten. Erfahrungsberichte aus dem Alltag verschiedener Berufe aus Industrie, Wirtschaft und Forschung geben einen Einblick über die vielfältigen Möglichkeiten von Physikerinnen und die Chance die Arbeitsituationen von Physikerinnen zu diskutieren.Zudem diskutieren wir in diesem Jahr in der Podiumsdiskussion die Ziele, die Umsetzung und was tatsächlich mit Frauenförderungsprogrammen erreicht wird. [more]

CFEL Theory Seminar

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Nonlinear optical spectroscopy with nonclassical light, photon counting detection and extreme wavelengths techniques

The progress in quantum optics utilizes a unique photon state configuration for engineering of the ultimate light-matter interactions with relatively simple material systems. It results in a broad range of photonic applications including radiation sources, quantum communication, information, computing and nanotechnology. The development of the ultrafast multidimensional nonlinear spectroscopy that has been enabled by progress in ultrafast optical technology provides a unique tool for probing complex molecules, semiconductors, nanomaterials by classical light fields. [more]


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Second Q-MAC Symposium

The second symposium of the ERC Synergy Grant Q-MAC (Frontiers in Quantum Materials’ Control) takes place at the Venice International University, Isola di San Servolo in Venice, Italy. [more]


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In-liquid Electron Microscopy and Diffraction for real-time observation and structural analysis


Hamburg Photon Science Colloquium

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Model systems in heterogeneous catalysis at the atomic scale

Our understanding of heterogeneous catalysis is to a large extent based on the investigation of metal single crystals as models. Increasing the complexity of the models, resembling a real disperse metal catalyst, allows one to catch some of the complexity that cannot be covered by metal single crystals alone. We have developed model systems based on metal deposits on single crystalline oxide films, which may be studied at the atomic level using the tools of surface science. [more]


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Nonlinear phononics and structural control of strongly correlated materials



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Jhih-An You - Light-induced Electronic Hole Dynamics and its Application


MPSD Seminar

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Adventures in XFEL data analysis

This talk will showcase algorithms that I have developed over the course of my PhD suited to X-ray free electron laser data processing. At present, generating merged datasets to sub-atomic resolution can be tricky at LCLS due to the limitations of the photon energy and detector distance. I will present some of the challenges faced by processing diffraction patterns, collected at LCLS, to generate a 1.15 Å resolution dataset, and how these new algorithms have proved useful to solve them. [more]


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PIER Graduate Week 2016

Welcome to the PIER Graduate Week 2016, an interdisciplinary lecture and workshop week for PhD students. The PIER Graduate Week offers a wide range of introductory and focus courses in the PIER research fields of Particle & Astroparticle Physics, Nanoscience, Photon Science, Infection & Structural Biology. It aims at PhD students, MSc students, postdoctoral researchers and other interested scientists. [more]

MPSD Seminar

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Optical Materials Design of Transition-Metal Dichalcogenides and Frustrated Mott Insulators

Spurred by recent progress in melting, enhancement and induction of electronic order out of equilibrium, a tantalizing prospect concerns instead accessing transient Floquet steady states via broad pump pulses, to affect electronic properties. [more]

CFEL Theory Seminar

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Inflated nodes and surface states of topological superconductors

The new paradigm of topology in condensed matter physics does not only pertain to insulators and semimetals but also to superconductors. Topological superconductors are predicted to show many novel physical properties. [more]


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Forschen in Europa: Nationale und europäische Forschungsförderung

Mit der kostenlosen Veranstaltung „Forschen in Europa: Nationale und europäische Forschungsförderung“ wollen die Kooperationsstelle EU der Wissenschaftsorganisationen (KoWi) und die Universität Hamburg Graduierte, Doktoranden/innen, Postdoktoranden/innen und Nachwuchsgruppen über die vielfältigen nationalen und europäischen Unterstützungsmöglichkeiten informieren. [more]

MPSD Seminar

6712 1474980087

Ultracold Fermions in Optical Lattices as a Testbed for Dynamically Driven Complex Materials

Complex quantum many-body systems are ubiquitous in nature, but their behaviour often remains very challenging to predict with analytical or numerical calculations - especially when it comes to dynamics. However, using ultracold atoms in optical lattices it is possible to create precisely tunable, yet very accessible artificial solids, which can be probed with a large arsenal of observables. Using this experimental set-up, we demonstrate how a periodically modulated lattice can be described by an effective Floquet-Hamiltonian on longer time scales - even when driving the system far from equilibrium. This allows for implementing Haldane's model for a topological insulator, and mapping out its topological transitions, by applying an oscillating force to a honeycomb lattice. Using an oscillating magnetic field gradient, we also engineer spin-dependent bands. By adding interactions to the optical lattice system, we create a pure realisation of the Hubbard model and study how the distribution of anti-ferromagnetic correlations therein depends on the geometry of the lattice. We investigate how fast correlations can re-arrange, by deforming the lattice geometry on time-scales ranging from the sudden to the adiabatic regime. Finally, we explore how an oscillating force applied to this interacting system may be used to tune and enhance the magnetic exchange energy beyond the regimes accessible within the Hubbard model. [more]

MPSD Seminar

6692 1474640231

Dynamical phase transitions in the long-range (powerlaw) interacting transverse-field Ising model

Dynamical phase transitions (DPTs) have gained a lot of interest in the past few years in a variety of quantum many-body systems, where a system in its groundstate is quenched by abruptly changing a control parameter of the Hamiltonian, such as interaction strength or external field. Afterwards, a DPT can be detected in one of at least two forms: a type-I DPT which is detected, after relaxation in time, through the nonanalyticity of an appropriate order parameter as a function of the control parameter through which the quench is effected; and a type-II DPT which is detected as a nonanalyticity of the Loschmidt echo return rate as a function in time, without giving care as to whether or not a stationary state has been reached in the time evolution. [more]

MPSD Seminar

6659 1474457740

Collective dynamics in quantum emitter systems

Time evolution in ensembles of quantum emitters (atoms, molecules, ions, Rydberg atoms, quantum dots etc) at low vs. high densities is fundamentally different. As particles get closer together, strong environment-mediated interactions start playing an important role both in the coherent (such as dipole-dipole interactions) as well as in the incoherent evolution (super- /subradiance). [more]


6632 1474277373

Nonequilibrium ultrafast excited state dynamics in DNA


MPSD Seminar

6610 1473947932

Correlations in the zone: ultrafast electronic dynamics and vibrational symmetry breaking in quantum materials

The physics of the “ultra-fast” and “ultra-small” are often closely linked, motivating experiments that access these extremes. In this talk, I will discuss the application of ultrashort light pulses, from THz to X-rays, to the study of dynamics and emergent correlations in quantum materials. [more]

CFEL Theory Seminar

6636 1474289720

Exploring molecular strong field ionization with ahybrid coupled channels approach

Molecular strong field ionization (SFI)is at the heart of several ultrafast imaging/spectroscopic techniques such aslaser induced electron diffraction and high harmonic spectroscopy. Whileproof-of-principle experiments are underway, it is still a long way before theycan evolve into a standard imaging techniques. The coupled motion of electronsand nuclei under the influence of a non-perturbative external laser field isnot fully understood yet and there is a strong demand for developing many bodymethods that can model these molecular SFI based processes. [more]

MPSD Seminar

6578 1473778885

Light-matter interaction: from weak to strong coupling

When an exciton transition and a resonant optical mode exchange energy faster than any competing dissipation process, it can lead to light-matter strong coupling. This brings about interesting properties possessed by neither the original exciton nor the optical mode and leads to new possibilities such as enhanced conductivity of organic semiconductors. In this case, the enhancement stems from the delocalized nature of the hybrid states over the spatial extent of the optical mode which is also expected to affect energy transport according to recent theoretical studies. [more]

Tag des Wissens

6318 1471948331

Tag des Wissens "Life Science"

Was passiert im Inneren von Zellen? Wie funktioniert der hellste Röntgenlaser der Welt und wie kommen Rechtsmediziner Verbrechern auf die Spur? Der erste Tag des Wissens gibt Einblicke in aktuelle Forschungsthemen. [more]

MPSD Seminar

6342 1472806240

Memcomputing: a brain-inspired topological computing paradigm

Which features make the brain such a powerful and energy-efficient computing machine? Can we reproduce them in the solid state, and if so, what type of computing paradigm would we obtain? [more]

MPSD Seminar

6341 1471948242

The Particle-Hole Map: a Computational Tool to Visualize Electronic Excitations

The particle-hole map (PHM) is a new visualization tool to analyze electronic excitations in molecules in the time- or frequency domain, to be used in conjunction with TDDFT or other ab initio methods [1–3]. The purpose of the PHM is to give detailed insight into electronic excitation processes which is not obtainable from local visualization methods such as transition densities, density differences, or natural transition orbitals. The PHM provides information on the origins, destinations, and coherences of charge fluctuations during an excitation process. In contrast with the transition density matrix, the PHM has a statistical interpretation involving joint probabilities of individual states and their transitions, and it is easier to read and interpret. [more]

Faraday Discussion

5733 1465388963

Ultrafast Imaging of Photochemical Dynamics

Photochemical reactions have tremendous scientific importance, ranging from photosynthesis to atmospheric reactions, and technologies such as sensors or displays. Due to the intrinsic complexity of photochemical reactions, they remain the least understood type of chemical process. Nonadiabatic dynamics, ultrafast time-scales, quantum effects and conical intersections are known to be important, but a detailed comprehension remains elusive. However, new experimental techniques capable of monitoring photochemical processes in unprecedented detail are appearing. This includes the development of intense-laser techniques, the construction of free-electron lasers such as the XFEL in Europe and the LCLS in the USA, new sources of pulsed electrons, advanced detection techniques, and important advances in theoretical modelling of quantum dynamics. Many of these techniques are developed by research communities not traditionally concerned with photochemistry, but provide an opportunity to shed new light on photochemical dynamics. [more]

MPSD Seminar

6278 1470062336

Light induced enhancement of superconductivity via melting of competing bond-density wave order in underdoped cuprates

We develop a theory for light-induced superconductivity in underdoped cuprates in which the competing bond-density wave order is suppressed by driving phonons with light. Close to a bond-density wave instability in a system with a small Fermi surface, such as a fractionalized Fermi liquid, we show that the coupling of electrons to phonons is strongly enhanced at the bond-density wave ordering wavevectors, leading to a strong softening of phonons at these wavevectors. For a model of classical phonons with anharmonic couplings, we show that thecombination of strong softening and driving can lead to large phonon oscillations. When coupled to a phenomenological model describing the competition between bond-density wave order and superconductivity, these phonon oscillations melt bond-density wave order, thereby enhancing pairing correlations. [more]

MPSD Seminar

6244 1469455014

Early charge separation events in light-harvesting materials

The photoinduced charge-separation events occurring in photovoltaic and light harvesting systems have traditionally been interpreted in terms of the incoherent kinetics of optical excitations and of charge hopping. Although signatures of quantum coherence were recently observed in energy transfer in photosynthetic bacteria andalgae[1] still very little is known about the role of quantum coherence at room temperature in technologically relevant organic photovoltaic materials. Recent experiments found evidence for an ultrafast long-range charge separation in such systems but could not differentiate between coherent and incoherent charge-transfermodels.[2] [more]

MPSD Seminar

6245 1469455848

Growth and electronic structure of single-layered transition metal dichalcogenides

The discovery of graphene established the possibility of obtaining stable two-dimensional solids, and it was soon realized that layered materials other than graphite can be used as bulk parents for novel two-dimensional materials. Among them, layered transition metal dichalcogenides have attracted considerable attention due to interesting physical properties and potential for electronics applications. While most of the research focused on mechanically exfoliated specimens, many proposed approaches to characterizing these materials, as well as potential applications, require large-area and high-quality samples. These can be achieved by epitaxial growth methods developed in our group. [more]


6240 1469437130

An atomic perspective of the photodissociation and geminate recombination of triiodide in condensed phases


MPSD Seminar

6224 1469094355

Chemistry under Strong Coupling

Light-matter interactions have been extensively studied by physicist in quantum optics and condensed matter physics, [1] but there are only fewer attempts to understand this effect in molecular science. [2, 3] [more]

MPSD Seminar

6225 1469103630

Dynamics of the Transverse Field Ising Chain after a Sudden Quench

Due to experimental advances in the preparation and control of ultra-cold atomic gases, there is a widespread interest in the behaviour of quantum systems out of equilibrium. A common way to probe quantum systems for non-equilibrium phenomena is given by sudden quenches. [more]

Hamburg Photon Science Colloquium

5234 1462794390

It's All About Water

Ultrafast vibrational spectroscopy can tell a lot about molecular dynamics. Quite diverse examples will be discussed, highlighting the importance of water as a very special substance: the ultrafast dynamics of bulk water and concentrated salt solution studied by THz photon echo spectroscopy, the catalytic cycle of an artificial photosynthetic system for light-driven water splitting, and the response of an allosteric protein whose dynamics is dictated by the water solvation layer. [more]


5929 1480500853

Nele Müller - Electron diffraction and controlled molecules



5880 1480499955

Generation and control of super-octave-spanning spectra


Hamburg Photon Science Colloquium

5237 1464259684

Plasmon-Enhanced Raman Scattering

Plasmons are the collective excitations of free electrons. They focus light into nanoscale volumes, increasing electromagnetic fields by orders of magnitude. Plasmonic enhancement in light scattering (SERS) leads to a 10⁸ increase in the cross section. I will present Raman measurements on graphene and nanotubes coupled to nanoplasmons. The enhancement will be described as a higher-order Raman process with striking consequences for our understanding of plasmon-matter interaction at the nanoscale. [more]

CFEL Sommerfest

5928 1466759717

CFEL Sommerfest

Join us at the CFEL Sommerfest! CFELians, partners and kids are more than welcome! [more]

MPSD Seminar

5999 1467371002

Electronic and Structural Dynamics in Solids: A Momentum-Resolved View on Microscopic Coupling and Correlation Phenomena

The coupling and mutual dependence of electronic and vibrational degrees of freedom is at the heart of microscopic as well as macroscopic phenomena in condensed matter. Ultrafast pump-probe techniques provide experimental access to these coupling and correlation effects by revealing the response of electrons and lattice to specific excitation of a material. [more]

CFEL Theory Seminar

5927 1466690975

Nonequilibrium dynamics of strongly coupled phonon-mediated superconductors

Recent developments in ultra-fast laser techniques allow experimentalists to reveal intriguing aspects of the dynamics of superconductors such as the Higgs oscillations (amplitude oscillations of the order parameter) and photo-induced superconductivity. These experiments demonstrate the interesting possibility of manipulating superconductivity in nonequilibrium settings. However, the properties of nonequilibrium superconductors are not fully understood, and further theoretical explorations are needed. [more]

MPSD Seminar

5731 1465378311

Coupled Cluster Theory for Strong Correlations

Coupled cluster theory is the dominant method in wave function-based calculations in systems of small to moderate size. It provides exceptionally accurate predictions for a wide array of energetics and properties. Moreover, it is size extensive, meaning that it can fruitfully be applied to condensed systems, provided only that one has computational resources sufficient for the task. Unfortunately, coupled cluster theory often breaks down in the presence of strong correlations, such as those responsible for superconductivity or various magnetically-ordered states. [more]

Hamburg Photon Science Colloquium

5242 1465300092

Testing Fundamental Physics with Cold Atoms and Molecules

Cold and ultracold molecules provide a sensitive way to search for new physics, e.g. variation of fundamental constants, dark energy, or new elementary particles. I will describe some of these ideas, with particular emphasis on the search for a permanent electric dipole moment of the electron, which already provides a strong constraint on possible supersymmetric theories of particle physics. Laser cooling can now be applied to molecules. I will discuss the recent advances in that area and the extraordinary sensitivity that this new approach can bring to tests of fundamental physics. [more]

MPSD Seminar

5933 1466970174

Time-dependent quantum transport in nanosystems: A nonequilibrium Green's function approach

Quantum transport is often discussed in the steady-state regime where the characteristics of the system are described in terms of the energy-dependent transmission or conductance. There is, however, no guarantee that this description would capture the essential physics in, say, atomic-scale junction operating at high frequencies. Therefore, we look for an accurate theory for describing the full time-dependence. The time-dependence also provides us with ''transient spectroscopy'' which can give detailed information about the nanosystems out of equilibrium. [more]

CFEL Theory Seminar

5887 1466506644

Making Majoranas talk to charge

In this talk, I will first give an introduction to Majorana bound states (MBS), zero-energy modes predicted to appear in exotic spin-polarized p-wave superconductors. MBS satisfy non-Abelian statistics and, in addition, encode quantum information in a topologically protected manner, which makes them highly interesting for quantum computation applications. The required p-wave superconductivity seems to be hard to find in nature, but recent theoretical works have shown that it can instead be artificially engineered, for example in a semiconductor nanowire with strong spin-orbit coupling which is covered by a superconductor and exposed to a magnetic field. I will also discuss the recent experimental progress towards creating and detecting MBS. [more]

Hamburg Photon Science Colloquium

5241 1462794235

Networked Quantum Information Technologies

Hybrid light-matter networks offer the promise for delivering robust quantum information processing technologies, from sensor arrays to secure communications to quantum simulators and eventually to a quantum computer. Photonics plays a major role in delivering these new enhanced performance applications. I will describe recent science and engineering progress towards build a resilient, scalable photonic quantum network. [more]

MPSD Seminar

5735 1465896704

Revealing Hidden Phases in Correlated Electron Systems using Nonlinear Optics

The iridium oxide family of correlated electron systems is predicted to host a variety of exotic electronic phases owing to a unique interplay of strong electron-electron interactions and spin-orbit coupling. There is particular interest in the perovskite iridate Sr₂IrO₄ due to its striking structural and electronic similarities to the parent compound of high-Tc cuprates La₂CuO₄. Recent observations of Fermi arcs with a pseudogap behavior in doped Sr₂IrO₄ and the emergence of a d-wave gap at low temperatures further strengthen their phenomenological parallels. [more]

Hamburg Photon Science Colloquium

5235 1462794350

Ultrafast Electron Kinetics in Graphene

Graphene is an ideal material to study new processes in the ultrafast carrier kinetics of a two-dimensional system: Its linear energy dispersion and the vanishing bandgap allow new and surpising electron scattering processes, suppressed in conventional semiconductors: A typical, fascinating example is a process which generates two optically excited electrons out of one photon. [more]

MPSD Seminar

5736 1465390831

Growth of YBa₂Cu₃O₇-films for device applications

The high-temperature superconductor YBa₂Cu₃O₇ is a very interesting material for many device applications ranging from wiring for energy transmission and high field magnets to superconducting filters and high frequency electronics in the THz regime. [more]

CFEL Molecular Physics Seminar

5842 1465829098

Theoretical Spectroscopy of Complex Chemical Systems

Quantum-chemical calculations are essential for the assignment and interpretation of spectra of small molecules as well as complex molecular systems. Large molecular systems present a significant challenge not only because of the increasing computational effort that is required for an accurate quantum-chemical description, but also require new approaches for the interpretation of the large amount of data provided by such calculations. On the other hand, small molecular systems with a complicated electronic structure, such as transition metal complexes, pose additional challenges and their theoretical spectroscopy also requires novel quantum-chemical approaches. [more]

MPSD Seminar

5730 1465378172

Nonequilibrium Study of Competing Orders

Competition between ordered phases, and their associated phase transitions, are significant in the study of strongly correlated systems. [more]

MPSD Seminar

5737 1465391379

Collective modes of the electron-hole condensate in the (putative) excitonic insulator 1T-TiSe₂

TiSe₂ is one of the simplest charge density wave (CDW) materials, forming a 2×2 superlattice below a transition temperature T_C = 200 K, but the origin of this phase is controversial. Its nearly inverted band structure led early authors to identify TiSe₂ as an “excitonic insulator,” which is an electronic instability involving spontaneous proliferation of excitons. The problem is that the CDW also exhibits a sizeable lattice distortion, leading later authors to identify it as a conventional Peierls phase. That said, an excitonic phase would also create an incidental lattice distortion, since the interaction with phonons can’t be switched off. The arguments on the matter have gone in circles for decades. [more]


5713 1480500703

Metal Ion Based Probes for Imaging


Hamburg Photon Science Colloquium

5239 1464078057

Why Water is weird

All life on Earth needs water to survive. But increasingly it seems that the characteristics that make water a solvent for life are also those that make it the weirdest of liquids. Some of these quirks of ‘life’s matrix’ are well understood; others are still being debated, sometimes furiously and controversially. I will explore what we do and don’t know about water, ending with a consideration both of how its behaviour in living cells can offer clues for new purification technologies and of whether its unique role for life on Earth makes it a prerequisite for life on other worlds. [more]

Hamburg Photon Science Colloquium

5238 1462793985

Water: from ab-initio simulations to coarse grained models

The unusual properties of water, including the thermodynamic anomalies of the liquid, the existence of more than one amorphous ice form, and the abnormal mobility of the water ions, derive from the tetrahedral network of hydrogen bonds that hold the molecules together. Computer simulations are an essential tool to understand the microscopic origin of these fascinating properties, complementing experiment and theory. [more]

MPSD Theory Workshop

5511 1463082434

Theoretical challenges: simulating materials out of equilibrium

The workshop covers advances and challenges in the simulation of materials and the description of light-matter interactions in molecules and solids. [more]

CFEL Theory Seminar

5633 1464259543

Water splitting on hematite (Fe₂O₃) surfaces: insights from density-functional theory

The development of efficient ways to exploit the energy from the sun is an issue of major importance. Among possible solutions, the employment of solar energy to promote chemical reactions has the advantage of addressing the problems of harvesting, converting and storing energy at the same time. In this context, water splitting plays a central role both for direct hydrogen production and for the production of hydrocarbons. Therefore, great attention has been recently devoted to hydrogen production by means of photoelectrochemical (PEC) cells, via water splitting to molecular hydrogen and oxygen. The main challenge is to develop anode materials for these cells that can split water efficiently. [more]

MPSD Seminar

5576 1464259593

Optical tuning of electronic valleys

Monolayer transition-metal dichalcogenides such as MoS₂ and WS₂ are prime examples of atomically thin semiconducting crystals that exhibit remarkable electronic properties. They have a pair of valleys that can serve as a new degree of freedom, but these valleys are energetically degenerate, protected by time-reversal symmetry. [more]

Hamburg Photon Science Colloquium

5233 1462794337

Designing New Materials for Solar Energy Conversion

After introducing general aspects of photovoltaics this talk will illustrate how spectroscopy with soft X-rays can help developing new materials and new designs for solar cells. Starting with the most general layout of a solar cell, the focus will be on combining its three components with atomic precision into one molecular complex. A dream experiment will be discussed where the movement of photo-generated carriers through such a complex is tracked in real time at the latest X-ray sources. [more]

CFEL Molecular Physics Seminar

5549 1464260111

The Art of Laser Ablation for Microwave Spectroscopy

Laser ablation has proved to be an extremely versatile sampling technique for non‐volatile samples in a range of gas phase experiments. [more]

Hamburg Photon Science Colloquium

5232 1462794327

Quantum Magnetism with Ultracold Atoms

Ultracold atoms in optical lattices form a versatile platform for studying many-body physics, with the potential of addressing some of the most important issues in strongly correlated matter. I will present experimental results on the characterization of the BEC-BCS crossover with ultracold atoms, the phases of a spin-imbalanced Fermi gas in one and three dimensions, and finally the detection of anti-ferromagnetic order in the 3D Hubbard model, a paradigm model of strong correlations. [more]

MS Wissenschaft

5382 1461664494

Meere und Ozean - Die Mitmach-Ausstellung auf dem Frachtschiff

Auch im Wissenschaftsjahr 2016*17 – Meere und Ozeane geht die MS Wissenschaft wieder auf Tour. Sie lädt ein zu einer Forschungsexpedition in diese faszinierende Welt. Kommen Sie an Bord. Erfahren Sie mehr über Vergangenheit und Zukunft der Ozeane, ihre Bedeutung für den Menschen, die Erforschung und den Schutz dieses größten und artenreichsten Lebensraums der Erde. [more]

MPSD Seminar

5460 1462867586

Parity odd magnetism and spin-phonon coupling in the pseudo-gap phase of cuprate superconductors

A characteristic of ferroic materials is the emergence of a temporally static finite expectation value of an order parameter. Here, we introduce a new mechanism [1] for ferroic order, in which a non-zero quasi-static magnetoelectric quadrupolar order appears, mediated by a strong coupling of spin and phonon fluctuations. We show that our proposed mechanism is consistent, to our knowledge, with many experimental observations for the onset of the pseudo-gap phase in cuprate superconductors and therefore propose the quasi-static magnetoelectric quadrupole as a possible pseudo-gap order parameter. By using first-principles calculations in combination with our recent developed formalism [2,3], to calculate multipole moments within a Berry phase approach, we calculate the magnitude of the effect for the the prototypical cuprate superconductor, HgBa2CuO4+δ. Using these results we finally show that our mechanism embraces several key findings of experimental reports and in addition also aspects of previous theoretical models. [more]

MPSD Seminar

5255 1460628846

Transient Dynamics of d-Wave Superconductors after a Sudden Excitation

In this talk I will discuss the transient dynamics of a d-wave BCS model after a quantum quench of the interaction parameter. The motivation comes from recent ultrafast pump-probe experiments on high-temperature superconductors. [more]

Hamburg Photon Science Colloquium

5231 1459929214

From Materials Science to Basic Physics

Condensed matter provides us deep insights into quantum physics. Giving just two examples, wave-corpuscle duality manifests itself in spectroscopy of strongly correlated systems as coexistence of itinerant and atomic-like features, and graphene and other Dirac materials provide a natural playground to study vacuum reconstruction, Klein tunneling and other fundamental quantum relativistic phenomena. Electron-photon interaction is the key tool to understand this rich and nontrivial physics. [more]

MPSD Seminar

5318 1460712557

What’s on the Outside Counts Too: Surface-Dipole Modulated Assembly

Detailed understanding and control of the intermolecular forces that govern molecular assembly are necessary to engineer structure and function at the nanoscale. [more]

MPSD Seminar

5349 1464260881

Exotic s-wave superconductivity in alkali-doped fullerides: equilibrium point of view

The alkali-doped fullerides (A₃C₆₀, A = K, Rb, Cs) show a highest superconducting transition temperature (Tc) among molecular solids. In the phase diagram, s-wave superconductivity (SC) lies next to Mott insulating phase. This adjacency is similar to the cuprates (d-wave SC) but is more surprising because s-wave SC is believed to be severely suppressed by strong correlations. [more]

Hamburg Photon Science Colloquium

5144 1459249021

Squeezed Light and the Detection of Gravitational Waves

Laser light with a 'squeezed' quantum uncertainty shows less quantum noise and allows for improved optical measurements. The most prominent example is the use of squeezed light in gravitational wave detectors. Soon, also LIGO will be equipped with squeezed light. In principle, it allows for ultra-sensitive measurements in the so-called quantum non-demolition regime. But what is squeezed light, how is it produced and what are its other potential applications? This talk will answer these questions. [more]


7821 1480502671

Kristina Gorkotte-Szameit - An investigation into the structure and specificity of a G-Quadruplex RNA-aptamer

  • Date: Apr 22, 2016
  • Time: 00:00 - 00:00
  • Speaker: Kristina Gorkotte-Szameit
  • Institut für Biochemie und Molekularbiologie, Universität Hamburg / IMPRS-UFAST


MPSD Seminar

5346 1461149724

When droplets become stars: charged droplets beyond Rayleigh instability

The charge-induced instabilities of conducting and dielectric drops in an electric field have been studied over a century, starting from the seminar works of Lord Rayleigh, J. Zeleny, G. I. Taylor. The significance of the study is found in the presence of charged droplets in jets, electrospray mass spectrometry methods and atmospheric aerosols. In low temperature physics, applications of the confinement of electrons on the surface of liquid helium add new perspective on the significance of the study of the instabilities. [more]

CFEL Molecular Physics Seminar

5336 1463564718

Binding motifs of a microsolvated neurotransmitter: IR spectroscopy of protonated phenylethylamine and its water clusters

Hydration has a drastic impact on the structure and function of flexible biomolecules, such as aromatic ethylamino neurotransmitters. [more]

CFEL Theory Seminar

5244 1460018412

Structured relativistic electron and neutron vortex beams in intense laser fields

Recent advances in technology and instrumentation have made it possible to generate vortex beams of electrons and neutrons with phase singularities at their cores, where the beam intensity is zero and the phase is undefined. These new types of beams, apart from the spin angular momentum, carry a quantized orbital angular momentum (OAM) along their axes of propagation resulting in a twisted wavefronts, pretty much like quantum tornadoes. The OAM of electron is capable of fundamentally altering the physics of beams and is already being used for application purposes in electron microscopy. [more]

MPSD Seminar

5254 1460550014

Disclosing fluctuations of lattice atomic positions in non-equilibrium optical experiments

Fluctuations of the atomic positions are at the core of a large class of unusual material properties ranging from quantum para-electricity and charge density wave to, possibly, high temperature superconductivity. Their measurement in solids is the subject of an intense scientific debate focused on the research of a methodology capable of establishing a direct link between the variance of the ionic displacements and experimentally measurable observables. In this presentation I will introduce our new approach to address quantum and thermal fluctuation in complex materials. By means of non-equilibrium optical experiments performed in shot-noise limited regime we could reveal that the variance of the time dependent atomic positions and momenta is directly mapped into the quantum fluctuations of the photon number of the scattered probing light. A fully quantum description of the non-linear interactions between photonic and phononic fields pave the way for a direct measurement of fluctuation in complex systems. [more]

MPSD Seminar

5319 1460714223

Advances in membrane-protein crystallization: From detergent-free crystallization to in situ approaches

Three-dimensional structures of membrane proteins are of paramount value for understanding protein function on a molecular level. However, in vitro studies such as structure determination are impaired by the necessity to purify membrane proteins with the aid of detergents that often compromise protein stability and function. [more]

Hamburg Photon Science Colloquium

5146 1460719024

Simulating Neutron Stars in the Laboratory

Our Universe displays a vast panoply of exotic objects like the Earth, black holes, or neutron stars. With a mass of twice the Sun mass and a radius of ~10 km, a neutron star is a very dense object. At a temperature of 10^8 K, the spin 1/2 neutrons are believed to be in a superfluid state. We will show how dilute gases prepared by laser techniques at the other extreme of the temperature scale, in the Nano kelvin range, can help us to understand the superfluid state of neutron stars. [more]

CFEL Molecular Physics Seminar

5253 1463564739

Low Temperature Molecular Docking Balances from an Infrared Spectroscopy Perspective

Extended molecules can be solvated at various inequivalent sites and it is useful to learn from experiment on a kJ/mol accuracy scale which solvent docking site is energetically more attractive. Theoretical relative energy predictions are rather easy to make and could thus be rigorously benchmarked by such experimental ratings of docking sites. However, experimental comparison of solvent-solute pair binding energies is not trivial, because it requires low temperature for complex stabilization but still sufficiently high mobility for equilibration. For the class of simple aromatic ethers solvated by methanol, the docking competition is very subtle [1] and we were able to tune it by chemical substitution, switching at will between classical OH-O and more diffuse OH-π docking preferences [2]. This new docking balance experiment profits from linear infrared absorption spectroscopy in supersonic jets [3] and allows for a fairly rigorous test of state-of-the-art quantum chemical predictions for relative hydrogen bond energies. The popular M06-2X density functional is shown to fail quite badly. [more]

Hamburg Photon Science Colloquium

5062 1457965690

Ultracold fermions: From „high Tc“ to „ultrafast“

Fermionic quantum matter is ubiquitous in nature and has many technological applications. After a general introduction into the physics of ultracold fermionic quantum gases, the talk will highlight two striking examples. Superfluidity in Fermi gases has been subject of intense research for more than a decade with many spectacular observations. Recent work has provided unique access to quasiparticles in the Landau-Fermi liquid regime, whose fast dynamics can now be observed on the Fermi time scale. [more]

MPSD Seminar

5145 1459248947

Studying protein dynamics with X-ray scattering, vibrational spectroscopy and computational chemistry

The conformational dynamics of a protein are often essential for its function. In this talk I will present how time-resolved X-ray scattering and vibrational spectroscopy can be used to investigate protein dynamics based on two examples: the light sensing protein phytochrome and green fluorescent protein. In particular, I will show how computational chemistry can support the design and analysis of these experiments and how Molecular dynamics simulations can be used to predict the structural stability of small cyclic peptides. [more]

MPSD Seminar

5140 1459249509

Spin-wave induced polarization control of stacked vortices

Magnetic vortices occur in soft magnetic nanodisks with suitable dimensions. The spin structure curls in the plane around the center where it points out-of-plane either up or down, defining the polarization P = ±1. Thus, the vortex core represents a binary digit that can be used for magnetic storage devices. Ferromagnetic resonance spectroscopy is used to investigate the high-frequency spectra of two stacked vortices depending on the relative polarizations. In this work, it is shown that magnetic field bursts with frequencies in the Gigahertz range can be used to control the polarization on a sub-nanosecond time scale. The demonstrated writing times are more than two magnitudes faster compared to settling times achieved with the gyrotropic mode. Furthermore, polarization dependent spin-wave modes that lead to a selective spin-wave mediated vortex core reversal are imaged by scanning transmission X-ray microscopy. [more]

MPSD Seminar

5103 1459266365

Superconductors in non-equilibrium: Higgs oscillations and induced superconductivity

Non-equilibrium pump-probe time-domain spectroscopy opens new perspectives in studying the dynamical properties of strongly correlated electron systems. New effects, such as transient superconductivity or Higgs oscillations of the superconducting condensate can be obtained. Using various methods I present a theoretical study of the non-equilibrium dynamics in superconductors. [more]

Musik und Wissenschaft

4323 1454059466

Chemie im Weltall – neue Herausforderungen und Methoden


MPSD Seminar

MPSD Seminar

4312 1453996925

Exploring the Nonequilibrium Dynamics of Collective Excitations in Strongly Interacting and Correlated Many-Body Systems



5715 1480501005

Alexandra Zampetaki - Helically confined Charged Particles: Dynamics and Vibrational Band Structure


CFEL Theory Seminar

4307 1453997074

The role of dynamical screening in correlated materials


Hamburg Photon Science Colloquium

4308 1453997116

Stimulation of Quantum Phases by Time-Dependent Perturbations


MPSD Seminar

4315 1453997465

Ultrafast Electron Dynamics and Circular Dichroism in Dependence of the Stoichiometry of Topological Insulators


MPSD Seminar

4314 1453997558

Linear and nonlinear phononics with quasi-monochromatic phonon-wavepackets


CFEL Theory Seminar

4317 1453998591

Theory of light-induced Floquet topological states


Hamburg Photon Science Colloquium

4309 1453997128

New Mechanistic Insights into Virus Assembly & Evolution


CFEL Theory Seminar

Hamburg Photon Science Colloquium

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Surface Dynamics – Real Time Observations of Electronic Structure


MPSD Seminar

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Manipulating electronic structure and transport in correlated oxide heterostructures


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