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4 May 2018: Laser-driven electron recollision remembers molecular orbital structure
Scientists from the Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy (MBI) in Berlin combined state-of-the-art experiments and numerical simulations to test a fundamental assumption underlying strong-field physics. Their results refine our understanding of strong-field processes such as high harmonic generation (HHG) and laser-induced electron diffraction (LIED). The results have been published in "Science Advances". ...more.
16 April 2018: Freeing electrons to better trap them
For the first time, researchers from UNIGE and MBI in Berlin have placed an electron in a dual state - neither freed nor bound - thus confirming a hypothesis from the 1970s. ...more.
16 April 2018: From insulator to conductor in a flash
A clever combination of novel technologies enables us to study promising materials for the electronics of tomorrow. Over the past decades, computers have become faster and faster and hard disks and storage chips have reached enormous capacities. But this trend cannot continue forever: we are already running up against physical limits that will prevent silicon-based computer technology from attaining any impressive speed gains from this point on. ...more.
12 April 2018: Wiggling atoms switch the electric polarization of crystals
Ferroelectric crystals display a macroscopic electric polarization, a superposition of many dipoles at the atomic scale which originate from spatially separated electrons and atomic nuclei. The macroscopic polarization is expected to change when the atoms are set in motion but the connection between polarization and atomic motions has remained unknown. A time-resolved x-ray experiment now elucidates that tiny atomic vibrations shift negative charges over a 1000 times larger distance between atoms and switch the macroscopic polarization on a time scale of a millionth of a millionth of a second....more.
9 April 2018: X-ray snapshots of reacting acids and bases - Erik T. J. Nibbering receives an ERC Advanced Grant for groundbreaking basic research
Dr. Erik T. J. Nibbering of the Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy (MBI) in Berlin receives an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council (ERC). Goal with this prestigious award is to investigate and elucidate the elementary steps of aqueous proton transfer dynamics between acids and bases. The ERC Advanced Grant is endowed with 2.5 million euro and awarded to well-established top researchers in Europe pursuing scientifically excelling projects. ...more.
13 March 2018: Dr. Daniela Rupp will receive the Karl Scheel Prize 2018
The Physical Society of Berlin announced this year's Karl Scheel laureate. We congratulate Dr. Daniela Rupp, who will receive the award on June 22, 2018 at 5 p.m. the Magnus-Haus in Berlin Mitte.. ...more.
27 February 2018: A spinning top of light
Short, rotating pulses of light reveal a great deal about the inner structure of materials. An international team of physicists led by Prof. Misha Ivanov of the Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy (MBI) has now developed a new method for precisely characterising such extremely short light pulses. The research results have been published in Nature Communications. ...more.
19 February 2018: C'mon electrons, let's do the twist! Twisting electrons can tell right-handed and left-handed molecules apart.
Identifying right-handed and left-handed molecules is a crucial step for many applications in chemistry and pharmaceutics. An international research team (CELIA-CNRS/INRS/ Berlin Max Born Institute/SOLEIL) has now presented a new original and very sensitive method. The researchers use laser pulses of extremely short duration to excite electrons in molecules into twisting motion, the direction of which reveals the molecules' handedness. The research results appear in Nature Physics. ...more.
16 January 2018: Flexibility and arrangement - the interaction of ribonucleic acid and water
Ribonucleic acid (RNA) plays a key role in biochemical processes which occur at the cellular level in a water environment. Mechanisms and dynamics of the interaction between RNA and water were now revealed by vibrational spectroscopy on ultrashort time scales and analyzed by in-depth theory. ...more.
15 January 2018: Instant x-ray footprints
MBI scientists together with colleagues from Italy have established a way to detect the exact x-ray fluence footprint generated on a sample by a free electron laser pulse. ...more.
1 January 2018: Marc Vrakking named Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Physics B
Prof. Marc Vrakking, director of Division A of the Max Born Institute, has been named Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Physics B from January 1st 2018. In this capacity he succeeds Prof. Paul Corkum of the University of Ottawa, who served as Editor-in-Chief since 2011. ...more.


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