Institute and Research News


Institute and Research News


Gunda Kipp from the Non-Equilibrium Transport in Quantum Materials Group at the MPSD has been awarded the Otto-Stern-Prize for her Masters thesis ‘Towards on-chip THz spectroscopy of quantum materials and heterostructures’. more

Research team finds that the twisted bilayer transition metal dichalcogenide WSe2 enables the realization of exotic correlated phenomena, including high-Tc superconductivity and correlated insulators, in a controlled manner and without the geometrical restriction found in twisted bilayer graphene. more

Researchers from the MPSD and the University of Oxford manage to drive a prototypical antiferromagnet into a new magnetic state, using terahertz frequency light. Their groundbreaking method produces an effect orders of magnitude larger than previously achieved - on ultrafast time scales. more

The director of the MPSD’s Theory Department, Ángel Rubio, has been elected as a fellow of the European Academy of Sciences (EurASc), a body which aims to strengthen European science and scientific cooperation. more

Research group leader Kartik Ayyer has conceived a new method to image much smaller biomolecules at an unprecedented  resolution. It involves new algorithms as well as  2D crystals or gold, as he describes in his paper in Optica. more

Review by 18 leading researchers from 16 institutions in Science Advances demonstrates that inter-exciton coherences are too short-lived to have any functional significance in photosynthetic energy transfer and points to impulsively excited vibrations instead. more

Two scientists at the MPSD have contracted Covid-19. Their diagnoses were confirmed this week. All staff members who have been in touch with the two researchers have been informed by the Institute’s management and told to stay in home quarantine. more

Electron spin is one of the most fundamental quantities defining the properties of molecules. A new study by a research team from Germany, Canada, Poland, and Lebanon offers a detailed understanding on how changes in spin states affect the nuclear configuration as a probe of the change in electron distribution by directly observing the atomic motions and changes in the molecular structure, driven by change in electron spin. more

The MPSD is reducing its operations to a minimum level until further notice to protect its staff, guests and partners during the current public health emergency sparked by the corona virus. There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the MPSD as of yet. The wind-down has been decided as a precaution. more

Laser light with a broad colour spectrum turns the insulating quasi two-dimensional material La2CuO4 (LCO) into a three-dimensional metal. The research, now published in PNAS, reveals that specific vibrations of the crystal lattice are involved in this metallization process. more

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