THz light triples YTiO<sub>3 </sub>transition temperature

Terahertz light pulses can stabilize ferromagnetism in YTiO3 at temperatures more than three times its usual transition temperature. Researchers from the Cavalleri group report in Nature that the high-temperature ferromagnetic state persisted for many nanoseconds after the light exposure. more

Spitrobot for time-resolved crystallography

Researchers in Hamburg have developed the Spitrobot - a device that greatly simplifies observing changes in proteins as they carry out their functions and makes time-resolved crystallography accessible for non-specialist research groups. more

Physics done differently on Girls‘ and Boys‘ Day

13 school students took part in this year’s Girls’ and Boys’ Day at the MPSD. They got to try out experiments involving light refraction, magnet-battery motors, atomically thin graphene as well the transmission speeds of signals - and they had a lot of fun in the process.  more

Electrons in MoSe<sub>2</sub> behave collectively and independently

The electronic properties of MoSe2 are determined by the bonds of Mo and Se atoms, to which both elements contribute equally. But when exposed to ultraviolet light, the Mo signal clearly shows a signature dominated by collective processes while the Se signal suggests that the electrons act independently. more

When electrons dress up in light

How long does it take electrons to ‘dress’ in light and form Floquet bands? Just one single optical cycle is enough, according to a research team involving the Universities of Marburg, Regensburg and MPSD group leader Michael Sentef. Its study has been published in Nature. more

Study shows that Ta<sub>2</sub>NiSe<sub>5</sub> is not an excitonic insulator

An international research team has demonstrated unambiguously that the bulk crystal Ta2NiSe5 is not an excitonic insulator, settling the debate around the microscopic origin of symmetry breaking in the material. more

Angel Rubio elected as member of the Leopoldina

MPSD Director Angel Rubio has been elected as a member of Germany’s National Academy of Sciences, the Leopoldina. His membership will be officially bestowed upon him at a ceremony in Halle in February 2024. more

Magnetization in attoseconds

Intense laser light can induce magnetism in solids on the attosecond scale – the fastest magnetic response to date. Theoreticians at the MPSD have investigated the magnetization process in several 2D and 3D materials. Their work has appeared in npj Computational Materials. more

Five weeks as an intern at the MPSD

Wiebke Kohlbrecher (20) has spent five weeks at the MPSD to learn at first hand about the day-to-day work of its researchers. She will complete three internships in total as part of the Hamburg-based ProTechnicale program which offers female school leavers an orientation year in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) occupations.  more

ERC Synergy Grant for former MPSD postdoc Eike C. Schulz

Former MPSD scientist Eike C. Schulz is part of a German-Danish-Swedish research team selected for an ERC Synergy Grant to shed light on the binding process of proteins. The time-resolved serial spectroscopy method he developed at the Institute will form part of an advanced tool kit to observe protein activity.  more

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