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Photons trapped in a cavity can cause a crystal known as Strontium Titanate (SrTiO3) to become ferroelectric, according to a new study by the MPSD’s Theory group. The findings have been published in PNAS. more

Researchers have watched in real time how molecules move during singlet exciton fission, an important process in light-based technologies. They observed the movements in single crystals comprised of pentacene molecules, showing that a collective motion of molecules may be the origin of the fast timescales connected to this process. more

MPSD and MIT researchers predict that light trapped in a cavity can be used to create a new kind of particle in a solid, consisting of three components at once: Light (photons), electronic excitations (excitons) and lattice vibrations (phonons). more

An international research team has demonstrated that ultrashort laser pulses can be used to protect one of the DNA building blocks against destruction induced by vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) radiation. A second infrared laser flash prevented the adenine molecule from disintegrating. more

Researchers from the MPSD and UNIST in South Korea have discovered that the existing method to calculate the Mott insulating state in 1T-TaS2 is flawed. The team suggests a different approach instead to calculate electron "traffic jams". more

A novel open source tool kit lets researchers drive simulations from Jupyter Notebooks, with narrative comments, the commands to execute the simulation and the final results. This new approach makes research more reproducible and efficient. more

Researchers from the Fritz Haber Institute in Berlin and the MPSD have found out that ultrafast switches in material properties can be prompted by laser pulses – and why. This knowledge may lead to advanced new transistor concepts. more

X-ray screening has revealed several promising candidates for drugs against the coronavirus. The collaborative DESY-led study, which involved the MPSD and many other organisations, discovered seven substances which inhibit the activity of the main protease and thus slow down the multiplication of the virus. Two of them are particularly promising candidates. more

A universal Doppler effect limits the maximal spin current in magnetic insulators which have been driven out of equilibrium by magnetic fields. These findings by an international research team present a surprising parallel to what happens in superconductors driven by electric fields and could aid the design of future nano-devices. more

Although they operate on very different timescales, synchrotrons and XFELs can produce data of equivalent quality as long as serial data collection is used in the imaging process, according to a new study. The findings open up a new avenue for collaborative applications. more

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