Research of the Institute

Research of the Institute


Andrea Cavalleri
This department investigates the dynamics of solids using time dependent techniques. Tabletop and accelerator-based light sources, covering the whole electromagnetic spectrum from the THz to the hard X-rays, measure the structural dynamics of electrons, spins and atomic lattices in quantum condensed matter. more
R.J. Dwayne Miller
The vision for this department is to take up the charge to directly observe the primary processes governing structural dynamics over all relevant space-time relationships. more
Angel Rubio
This department investigates the electronic and structural properties of advanced materials, nanostructures and biomolecules, and is placing a focus on developing novel theoretical tools and computational codes to investigate and control the electronic response of such systems to arbitrary time-dependent external electromagnetic (quantum) fields. more

Independent Research Groups at the MPSD:

Independent Max-Planck Research Group: Computational Nanoscale Imaging
Kartik Ayyer
This group focuses on developing new methods to image nanoscale objects such as biomolecules, primarily using X-rays. more
Emmy-Noether Group: Theoretical Description of Pump-Probe Spectroscopies in Solids
Michael Sentef
This group focuses on the theory and computer simulation of dynamical processes in solids under irradiation with short laser pulses. more

Research Groups:

Quantum Condensed Matter Dynamics<br />(Dept. Condensed Matter Dynamics)
Andrea Cavalleri
This group focuses on the physics of strongly correlated electron systems. more
Otto-Hahn Group: Ultrafast Electron Dynamics<br /> (Dept. Condensed Matter Dynamics)
Isabella Gierz
This group focuses on quasiparticle dynamics on the femtosecond time scale. more
Guest Research Group: Dynamics and Transport in Nanostructures<br /> (Dept. Condensed Matter Dynamics)
Guido Meier
This group investigates the influence of lateral nanostructuring and of coupling effects of ferromagnetic nanostructures with experimental methods and with micromagnetic simulations. more
Atomically Resolved Dynamics <br /> (Dept. Atomically Resolved Dynamics)
R. J. Dwayne Miller
This group is devoted to understanding the primary processes of molecular reaction dynamics with a major emphasis on understanding the connection between the chemistry driving biological functions and the highly optimized structures that have evolved in biological systems. more
Theory<br /> (Dept. Theory)
Angel Rubio
This group investigates the electronic and structural properties of advanced materials, nanostructures and biomolecules. more


Scientific Service Units (SSUs):

SSU for Machine Physics
Friedjof Tellkamp
The Scientific Support Unit for Machine Physics develops and optimizes physical and technical equipment that is used by the research teams of the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter. more
SSU for Ultrafast Electronics
Guido Meier
The Scientific Support Unit for Ultrafast Electronics supports ongoing research in the departments and research groups of the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter with Ultrafast Electronics. Scientists, engineers and technicians of the SSU closely collaborate with the research groups and departments to set up transport experiments as well as time-resolving laser and X-ray based techniques. Next-generation variable temperature time- and frequency domain transport experiments are developed and applied. more
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