The Max-Born-Institute develops, applies and provides femtosecond
laser systems in a broad spectral range. A variety of sources for
coherent, ultrashort light pulses are currently being explored,
typically based on commercial and home built Ti:Sapphire lasers,
but also on new laser materials. The use of nonlinear optical techniques
such as harmonic generation, four wave mixing and parametric processes
gives access to wavelengths ranging from the VUV (~100nm) up to
the IR (~10µm) with pulse durations from 500fs to about 20
fs. Since 2011 a HHG based facility for surface science covering
the spectral range from 30-10eV with 100fs time resolution is also
available. Among the experimental techniques used with these laser
systems are pump-(delayed)-probe methods, transient spectroscopy,
impulsive Raman spectroscopy, molecular and cluster beams, UHV-surface
It is part the mission of the MBI to offer these facilities
to external users who are interested in research collaborations
with members of the MBI. A broad field of disciplinary and interdisciplinary
studies is addressed, ranging from atomic, molecular and chemical
physics to biology, materials science, liquids, polymers and semiconductors.
Support for access to MBI’s facilities may be obtained from Laserlab-Europe. Details can be found on the Laserlab-Europe web page.
Since femtosecond laser systems in combination with the necessary
measuring techniques are complex and delicate their smooth and efficient
performance requires special expertise and continuity of operation.
Thus, MBI staff will be responsible for operating the laser systems
and other experimental apparatus provided by the institute. Typically,
guest scientists will bring an idea, a specific skill, a particular
target or detector and work together with staff members of the MBI
in one of several laboratories. A variety of different laser systems
are already in use and available for applications. Other systems
are still being developed and allow presently only a very specialised
and restricted access for external users. The MBI also reserves
a few preparation laboratories for external users as well as some
A list of selected availlable facilities is availabe here.