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  Lehrveranstaltung: Vorlesung
Prof. Dr. Thomas Elsńsser, Prof. Dr. Alejandro Saenz
Max-Born-Institut, Humboldt-Universitńt zu Berlin
12 October 2016: Ocean rogue waves: a mystery unveiled?
Rogue waves are extremely high ocean waves that exceed the significant wave height by more than a factor of 2. Extreme waves are also very rare; less than one in 100,000 waves exceeds the rogue wave criterion. While their existence was long disputed throughout the 1990s, thousands of rogue waves have been recorded on oil rigs in the past 20 years. Nevertheless, the origin of rogue waves is still disputed, with a multitude of competing theories. These theories fall into two basic categories: linear theories consider incidental random interference the origin of rogue waves. ...more.
23rd September 2016: Benjamin Fingerhut is the winner of the 2016 Robin Hochstrasser Young Investigator Award
Dr. Benjamin Fingerhut, junior group leader at the Max Born Institute (MBI) receives the 2016 Robin Hochstrasser Young Investigator Award. The award is granted by an international scientific committee, consisting of members of the editorial board of the journal Chemical Physics, in order to support excellent early career researchers. ...more.
28th July 2016: Ultrastrong, ultrafast and local: water induces electric fields at the surface of DNA
The structure and dynamics of the DNA double helix are influenced in a decisive way by the surrounding water shell. New experiments in the ultrafast time domain show that the first two water layers at the DNA surface generate electric fields of up to 100 megavolts/cm which fluctuate on the femtosecond time scale and are limited to a spatial range on the order of 1 nm. ...more.
6th July 2016: Attosecond Science opens new Avenues in Femtochemistry
Attosecond Science is a new exciting frontier in contemporary physics, aimed at time-resolving the motion of electrons in atoms, molecules and solids on their natural timescale. Electronic dynamics derives from the creation and evolution of coherence between different electronic states and proceeds on sub-femtosecond timescales. In contrast, chemical dynamics involves position changes of atomic centers and functional groups and typically proceeds on a slower, femtosecond timescale inherent to nuclear motion. ...more.
4th July 2016: Fluctuating liquid structure induces ultrabroad infrared absorption: The hydrated proton on ultrafast time scales
The elusive infrared absorption continuum of protons in aqueous environment has been topic of intense controversial debate since half a century. A team of scientists from the Max Born Institute and the Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, show for the case of the Zundel cation (H2O...H+...OH2) H5O2+ that the surrounding liquid induces fluctuating electrical forces onto the proton, modulating its vibrational motions between the two water molecules. This mechanism, together with low-frequency thermal motions, results in the extreme broadening of the infrared spectrum. ...more.
30th June 2016: Dr. Olga Smirnova installed as Professor at the Technical University Berlin
The Technical University Berlin has installed Dr. Olga Smirnova as a Professor for "Theoretical Physics with a Focus on Atomic and Molecular Laser Physics" on 30 June 2016. The S-Professorship is anchored in the Institute for Optics and Atomic Physics on the TU. ... more.
13th June 2016: Spin polarization by strong field ionization
Strong field ionization has been studied for over half a century. Yet, the role of electron spin during this process has been largely overlooked. Surprisingly, our joint experimental and theoretical study shows that a chance of detaching spin-up or spin-down electron from an atom can be very different ...more.
28th April 2016: Quantum Swing - a pendulum that moves forward and backwards at the same time
Two-quantum oscillations of atoms in a semiconductor crystal are excited by ultrashort terahertz pulses. The terahertz waves radiated from the moving atoms are analyzed by a novel time-resolving method and demonstrate the non-classical character of large-amplitude atomic motions.. ...more.
22nd April 2016: Ultrafast photoelectron imaging grasps competition in molecular autoionization
Using time-, energy- and angular-resolved photoelectron imaging a team of researchers from the Max Born Institute in Berlin, in collaboration with colleagues from Milan and Padova, has been able to make snapshots of coupled Rydberg orbitals evolving in time during an ultrafast autoionization process.. ...more.
8th March 2016: Thomas Elsaesser is the 2016 recipient of the Ellis R. Lippincott Award
Thomas Elsaesser, Director at the Max-Born-Institute and Professor for Experimental Physics at Humboldt University, Berlin, receives the Ellis R. Lippincott Award for his "seminal contributions to the understanding of the ultrafast coherent and incoherent vibrational dynamics of hydrogen bonds in liquids and biomolecules". ...more.
18th February 2016: Amplification of Sound Waves at Extreme Frequencies
An electric current through a semiconductor nanostructure amplifies sound waves at ultrahigh frequency. This method allows for novel, highly compact sources of ultrasound, which can serve as diagnostic tool for imaging materials and biological structures with very high spatial resolution. ...more.
19th January 2016: Invisible light flash ignites nano-fireworks
A team of researchers from the Max Born Institute in Berlin and the University of Rostock demonstrated a new way to turn initially transparent nanoparticles suddenly into strong absorbers for intense laser light and let them explode. ...more.


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