Condensed Matter Dynamics Department

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.

Research Groups:

Quantum Condensed Matter Dynamics
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 ... more
Ultrafast Electron Dynamics
Isabella Gierz' 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 ... more
Dynamics and Transport in Nanostructures
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 ... more
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
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