IMPRS Course Archive 2016

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]

Hamburg Photon Science Colloquium

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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]

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

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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]

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]

IMPRS-UFAST focus course

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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

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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]

IMPRS-UFAST core course

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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]

Hamburg Photon Science Colloquium

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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]

Hamburg Photon Science Colloquium

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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]

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]

Hamburg Photon Science Colloquium

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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]

Hamburg Photon Science Colloquium

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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]

Hamburg Photon Science Colloquium

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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]

Hamburg Photon Science Colloquium

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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]

Hamburg Photon Science Colloquium

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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

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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]

Hamburg Photon Science Colloquium

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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]

Hamburg Photon Science Colloquium

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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]

Hamburg Photon Science Colloquium

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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]

Hamburg Photon Science Colloquium

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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]

Hamburg Photon Science Colloquium

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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]

Hamburg Photon Science Colloquium

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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]

Hamburg Photon Science Colloquium

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Stimulation of Quantum Phases by Time-Dependent Perturbations

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Hamburg Photon Science Colloquium

4309 1453997128

New Mechanistic Insights into Virus Assembly & Evolution

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Hamburg Photon Science Colloquium

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Surface Dynamics – Real Time Observations of Electronic Structure

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