Scientists from the Department of Physics at ETH Zurich in Switzerland and the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter (MPSD) in Hamburg shed new light on the electronic dynamical processes that occur upon excitation of electrons in gallium arsenide at the attosecond timescale. [more]
Simone Latini from the MPSD’s theory department has been awarded a Humboldt fellowship for postdoctoral researchers. His work focuses on the theoretical description of excited states of matter and how such states can be controlled using tailored light pulses. [more]
Professor Andrea Cavalleri has been awarded the 2018 Frank Isakson Prize for Optical Effects in Solids by the APS. The Society quotes Professor Cavalleri’s “pioneering contributions to the development and application of ultra-fast optical spectroscopy to condensed matter systems.” [more]
MPSD researcher Dr. Kenneth Beyerlein provides a new approach to imaging thin films on the atomic scale, using an algorithm for image recovery that splices together a sequence of frames in time. The algorithm is showcased in a publication of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences(PNAS) by recovering the response of a Neodymium Nickelate thin film to a disturbance initiated at its interface. [more]
By measuring the highly unusual atomic trajectories under extreme electromagnetic transients, the MPSD group could reconstruct how rigid the atomic bonds are at large distances from the equilibrium arrangements. This promises new insights into the mechanical properties of matter and their instability near phase changes. [more]
Circularly polarized phonons produce a valley-dependent dynamic spin state as a result of strong spin-phonon coupling, which can be developed as a vehicle for quantum computation or spintronics applications. [more]
The managing director of the MPSD, Prof Angel Rubio, is to receive the German Physical Society’s Max Born Prize 2018.
The Society (the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft, or DPG) is honouring Prof Rubio, who is the head of the MPSD’s Theory Department, for his leading role in computer-based condensed matter physics and his predictions on the properties of matter in low dimensions. [more]