Max Planck Institutes in Hamburg

There are three Max Planck Institutes in Hamburg: the MPSD, the MPI for Meteorology and the MPI for Comparative and International Private Law. This film, produced by the Hamburg Department of Science for Max Planck Day 2018, introduces them (in German).

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Unraveling materials' Berry curvature and Chern numbers from real-time evolution of Bloch states

February 12, 2019
Researchers from the Theory Department of the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter (MPSD) at the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL) in Hamburg and UNIST (Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology) in Korea used a state-of-the-art quantum dynamical method to calculate the quantum of spin or charge Hall conductivity, by which they successfully classified intrinsic topological natures of materials. Their work has been published in PNAS. [more]
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Keep in touch, use the vacuum! How mirrors can control physics and chemistry

February 04, 2019
Hamburg scientists’ theory of polaritonically amplified energy transfer over long distances between molecules paves the way for a new level of chemical engineering and ‘spooky chemistry’. [more]
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The force of the vacuum

November 30, 2018
Scientists from the Theory Department have shown through theoretical calculations and computer simulations that the force between electrons and lattice distortions in an atomically thin two-dimensional superconductor can be controlled with virtual photons. [more]
 
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