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Electron spin is one of the most fundamental quantities defining the properties of molecules. A new study by a research team from Germany, Canada, Poland, and Lebanon offers a detailed understanding on how changes in spin states affect the nuclear configuration as a probe of the change in electron distribution by directly observing the atomic motions and changes in the molecular structure, driven by change in electron spin. more

Laser light with a broad colour spectrum turns the insulating quasi two-dimensional material La2CuO4 (LCO) into a three-dimensional metal. The research, now published in PNAS, reveals that specific vibrations of the crystal lattice are involved in this metallization process. more

The Berry curvature - an important property of quantum materials - can be imaged with chiral light. An international research team has predicted the outcomes of photoelectron spectroscopy experiments and showed that the resulting images reveal information about the microscopic structure of electronic wavefunctions inside atomically thin, two-dimensional materials.  more

Researchers reveal that the possibilities created by stacking two sheets of atomically thin material atop each other at a twist are even greater than expected. Their work provides new insights into the question how a correlated system crosses over from two dimensions to one. more

Researchers from the MPSD and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) discover a significant new fundamental kind of quantum electronic oscillations, or plasmons, in atomically thin materials. more

Efficient new electron diffraction method for fragile protein crystals more

Researchers from Hamburg and Bombay expose 2D monolayer of defective hexagonal boron nitride to an intense light flash to explore how defects influence the motion of electrons in solids during HHG. more

MPSD scientists have discovered a pioneering laser-driven approach to generate a topological state in graphene. Their work is published in Nature Physics. more

Team develops new crystallography method which dramatically simplifies starting enzymatic reactions by mixing a cocktail of small amounts of liquids with protein crystals. Determination of the protein structures at different times after mixing can be assembled into a time-lapse sequence. more

Researchers from the MPSD and the University of Toronto have pieced together a detailed time-lapse movie revealing all the major steps during the catalytic cycle of an enzyme. more

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