Welcome to the THz Structural Dynamics group …
We, the team of the new THz structural dynamics group, are obviously fascinated about structural dynamics. Why that? Material properties and chemical reactions are fundamentally determined by the spatial arrangement of atoms, ions or molecules. If we can modulate or change this spatial structure on ultrafast time scales, we can control properties on demand or even discover new material features. For this, we generate highly intense and phase stable laser pulses in the THz and midinfrared spectral range, which enable us to coherently drive specific structural dynamics on their fundamental time and energy scales. Furthermore, we want to explore tailored lattice trajectories, which may help to steer solids into hidden states. Currently, we are focusing on phonon anharmonicities, molecular orientations in solids and dynamically disordered systems.
Latest news …
What a pleasure to have you with us, Joanna!
Joanna’s fun fact: She is clearly our group’s language guru; try to speak a number of European languages with her!
M. Cherasse et. al., “Electron Dynamics in Hybrid Perovskites Reveal the Role of Organic Cations on the Screening of Local Charges”, ACS Nano Lett. (2022)
Dorothée’s fun fact: She not only masters chiral distortions on the macroscopic, but also on the human length scale.
Dynamique des électrons et du réseaux dans les perovskites hybrides et quasi-2D ? …stay tuned
We are happy to have you with us, Michael!
Michael’s fun fact: Michael belongs to a unique species of scientists, perfectly fit to both urban and rural habitats.
F. Wang, L. Huber, S.F. Maehrlein, and X.-Y. Zhu “Optical Anisotropy and Phase Transitions in Lead Halide Perovskites”, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 12, 20, 5016–5022 (2021)
Our PhD student Marie Cherasse was followed during her lab work by the director Hannah Kugel for a French documentary about independent women. The documentary will be submitted to an ARTE competition. Fingers crossed, Marie and Hannah!