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MPSD scientists have discovered a pioneering laser-driven approach to generate a topological state in graphene. Their work is published in Nature Physics. more

Team develops new crystallography method which dramatically simplifies starting enzymatic reactions by mixing a cocktail of small amounts of liquids with protein crystals. Determination of the protein structures at different times after mixing can be assembled into a time-lapse sequence. more

Researchers from the MPSD and the University of Toronto have pieced together a detailed time-lapse movie revealing all the major steps during the catalytic cycle of an enzyme. more

An international team of scientists has unraveled the light-induced electron-localization dynamics in transition metals on the attosecond timescale. The team investigated for the first time the many-body electron dynamics in transition metals before thermalization sets in. more

Scientists from the United States, Germany and Japan explain how the electronic structure in twisted bilayer graphene (TBLG) influences the emergence of the insulating state in these systems, which is the precursor to superconductivity in high-Tc materials. more

Researchers uncover how quantum fluctuations can be used to restore the fundamental symmetry of the electronic motions in crystals affected by magnetic fields. more

An MPSD team used terahertz frequency light pulses to transform a non-ferroelectric material into a ferroelectric one. The ability to reverse a macroscopic electrical polarisation in ferroelectric materials makes them particularly suitable for digital information encoding and processing. more

Controlling the quantum properties of materials is a central challenge in physics as well as an essential step towards using quantum physics for applications or building scalable quantum computers. more

Scientists from DESY, the MPSD, the University of Hamburg and the CUI Cluster of Excellence create high-order harmonics from solids with controlled polarization states, taking advantage of both crystal symmetry and attosecond electronic dynamics. more

Scientists from Hamburg and Korea use a state-of-the-art quantum dynamical method to calculate the quantum of spin or charge Hall conductivity to classify the intrinsic topological natures of materials. more

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