Otto Hahn Award of the MPG

The Max Planck Society provides one recipient of the Otto Hahn Medal each year with the opportunity, to head a small research group at an MPI of their choice with a research project specifically designed for that purpose, thus enabling a young scientist / researcher to continue his/her career.

Otto Hahn Group for Ultrafast Electron Dynamics takes off

September 02, 2013

The newly founded Otto Hahn Group for Ultrafast Electron Dynamics will begin work at the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter in September 2013. The junior research group is supported by the Otto Hahn Award of the Max Planck Society, which was presented to  Dr. Isabella Gierz in 2012 for the discovery of a giant spin splitting on semiconducting surfaces  [PRL 103, 046803 (2009)].

Dr. Isabella Gierz, Otto Hahn Group leader, in front of the photoemission setup at the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter in Hamburg. The two round chambers on the left hand side of the picture are used for focussing high harmonics in the energy range from 10 to 40 eV onto the sample that is sitting in the ARPES chamber on the right hand side of the picture. Zoom Image
Dr. Isabella Gierz, Otto Hahn Group leader, in front of the photoemission setup at the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter in Hamburg. The two round chambers on the left hand side of the picture are used for focussing high harmonics in the energy range from 10 to 40 eV onto the sample that is sitting in the ARPES chamber on the right hand side of the picture. [less]

Dr. Gierz’s  group will use time- and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy on the femtosecond timescale to investigate low-dimensional electron systems such as graphene, strongly correlated one-dimensional metallic wires, and two-dimensional systems with a strong spin-orbit interaction. By combining in situ sample preparation with selective electronic or vibrational excitation, the group aims to better understand electronic structure far from equilibrium and, ultimately, to induce entirely new electronic properties using tailored light pulses.

 
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