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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.
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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