New Humboldt Fellow turns cavities research on its head

Mark Kamper Svendsen has been awarded a Humboldt Research Fellowship to investigate how cavities need to be adapted in order to achieve specific changes in the materials placed inside them. more

Spanish National Research Prize for Angel Rubio

Angel Rubio, director of the Theory Department and managing director of the MPSD, has been awarded the prestigious Spanish National Research Prize for his work on computational solid-state physics. more

New insights into light-induced ferroelectricity in SrTiO<sub>3</sub>

Measurements of the fluctuations of the atomic positions in SrTiO3 under mid-infrared light yield new insights into the creation of the material’s ferroelectric state. An MPSD research team reports in Nature Materials that the material transforms into a state of permanently ordered electrical dipoles.  more

Humboldt Research Fellowship for Jonathan Mannouch

Jonathan Mannouch, a postdoc in the Theory Department, has been awarded a Humboldt Research Fellowship. He joined the MPSD in October 2022 and has been developing new approaches for simulating nonadiabatic dynamics in chemical systems. more

Phonon-enhanced nonlinearities in layered materials

New study published in Nature Communications by members of the Theory Department sheds light on the optical nonlinearities induced and amplified by strong phonon resonances within hexagonal boron nitride (hBN). more

Angel Rubio is awarded foreign membership of the CAS

Angel Rubio, the MPSD’s managing director, has been awarded the foreign membership of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). The theoretical physicist was also recently named as the recipient of the Spanish National Research Prize. more

Young researcher award for Mark Kamper Svendsen

Mark Kamper Svendsen, a postdoctoral researcher in the Theory group, has been selected for the Young Researcher Award by the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) for his PhD thesis, Light-Matter Interactions from First Principles. more

Cavity vacuum changes magnetic state of α-RuCl<sub>3</sub>

Researchers in Germany and the USA have produced the first theoretical demonstration that the magnetic state of an atomically thin material, α-RuCl3, can be controlled solely by placing it into an optical cavity. more

Lighting up electron dynamics of liquids

The mechanism by which liquids emit a particular light spectrum known as the high-harmonic spectrum is markedly different from the one in other phases of matter like gases and solids. An international research team from ETH Zurich and the MPSD reports on this distinctive process in Nature Physics. more

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

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