Division B: Transient Electronic Structure and Nanoscience
Prof. Dr. Stefan Eisebitt, Technical University Berlin

Head of Division B since November 2016 is Prof. Dr. Stefan Eisebitt, in a joint appointment with the Technische Universität Berlin. Research in Division B extends from the fundamentals of light-matter interaction to ultrafast processes and transient electronic structure in condensed matter. In particular, this includes the optical manipulation of spin structures and generally the investigation of transient nanoscale structures on their intrinsic timescale. The connection of spectroscopic information with spatial information from scattering and imaging over a wide spectral range from THz to x-rays is a recurring, cross-sectional approach. The development of laser systems for basic research as well as for applications, e.g. at free electron x-ray lasers, is one of the key competences in Division C.

Division B is responsible for the operation of the MBI high field laser application laboratory and, in cooperation with TU Berlin, the Leibniz Application Laboratory BLIX.

See also topical seminars of division B.

Division B is substructured in four departments:  
Department Department head
B1 High Density Laser Plasmas Dr. M. Schuerer
B2 Few Particle Systems in Strong Laser Fields Dr. H. Rottke
B3 High Power Lasers Dr. M. Kalashnikov
B4 Electron and Spin Dynamics Dr. C. Korff von Schmising
The titles of the departments indicate the know-how available in Division B.
In summary the areas of competence are described as follows:
  • Time resolved imaging, scattering and spectroscopy in the XUV and x-ray spectral range
  • Interference-based imaging at short wavelength
  • Short pulse lasers and x-ray sources, x-ray optics
  • Electron and ion spectroscopy
  • Short pulse and high field laser systems
  • Laser-synchrotron synchronization, instrumentation for synchrotron and free electron x-ray laser experiments

  • Atoms, molecules and clusters in intense laser fields
  • Ultrafast correlated electron dynamics
  • Relativistic effects and quantum electrodynamic
In the framework of the research structure of the MBI scientists of division B participate in the following projects:
click to see details of projects
1.2 Ultrafast Laser Physics and Nonlinear Optics G. Steinmeyer, V. Petrov, U. Griebner
2.1 Laser Plasma Dynamics and Particle Acceleration M. Schnürer
2.2 Strong-field Few-body Physics H. Rottke, F. Morales
3.3 Transient Structures and Imaging with X-rays M. Wörner, B. Pfau
Close Collaborations also exist  
2.2 and project 2.3 Time-resolved XUV-science


Division B is in the process of restructuring. Furthermore, the MBI research structure is being revised. The web pages will be updated once this process is completed