Condensed Matter Dynamics Department
Director: Andrea Cavalleri
The Condensed Matter 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.
Several independent research groups are exploring alternative techniques, including attosecond timescale X-ray spectroscopies of solids, quasiparticle dynamics on the femtosecond time scale and computational nanoscale imaging.
The Condensed Matter Dynamics group is led by Andrea Cavalleri
and focuses on non-equilibrium phenomena in solids. Especially, we investigate how electronic and structural order can emerge as a result external drives, how transitions occur in solids dynamically and how energy flows into and away from a solid ...
group focuses on quasiparticle dynamics on the femtosecond time scale. Our technique of choice is time- and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy in combination with selected electronic and vibrational excitation schemes as well as in situ sample preparation and low-energy electron diffraction ...
The guest research group of Guido Meier
investigates the influence of lateral nanostructuring and of coupling effects of ferromagnetic nanostructures with experimental methods and with micromagnetic simulations. Magnetism in micro- and nanostructured elements is of fundamental scientific interest, but has also the potential for applications, for example in spin electronic devices, memory applications, and in the medical sector ...
The group Computational Nanoscale Imaging focuses on developing new methods to image nanoscale objects such as biomolecules, primarily using X-rays.