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Scientists pioneer an approach called self-referenced streaking, clocking Auger electrons with sub-femtosecond resolution. The breakthrough will unlock the broader potential for attosecond time resolution at X-ray free-electron lasers.

Researchers develop a groundbreaking method, Moiré metrology, to map the interaction of ultrathin layers. Information about the layers' interaction is imprinted on top of fine spatial patterns that emerge after the atomic relaxation. more

‘Kicking’ the atoms in a CuGeO3 crystal with an infrared laser pulse can not only make the material transparent, but the transparency can also be controlled on an ultrafast femtosecond scale. more

An international team of scientists, led by Kartik Ayyer from the MPSD, has obtained some of the sharpest possible 3D images of gold nanoparticles. The resuts lay the foundation for obtaining high resolution images of macromolecules. more

The properties of molecules change significantly in the quantized electromagnetic fields of optical cavities. Researchers develop a new theoretical method to show that the ground- and excited-state chemistry of molecules can be modified by a confinement in space. more

MPSD researchers develop a new method for water diffraction in transmission electron microscopes. Their work has appeared as a featured article in the Journal of Chemical Physics. more

Molecular quantum switches get help from the surfaces they are adsorbed on. In porphycene molecules, heavy surface atoms like copper participate in the intramolecular hydrogen tunneling reaction and can cause an increase in the tunneling rate by up to two orders of magnitude at a temperature of around 80 K. more

Research team develops method to detect the dynamics of light on ultrasmall scales using a highly sensitive tracer molecule. The magnesium phthalocyanine molecule acts as a trigger switch which detects changes in the local electro-magnetic fields. more

Researchers gain a direct view of spin waves by placing a diamond chip with a layer of nitrogen vacancy centers on top of a thin magnetic film. Once the spin waves are excited, the NV centers pick up their magnetic fields and enable high-resolution imaging. more

Symmetrically coupled light and matter can produce a new combined state of light and electrons – a state which could be utilized in the design of new materials.  more

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