Ultrafast Scanning Probe Microscopy
Research Group Melanie Müller
Ultrafast Scanning Probe Microscopy
Research Group Melanie Müller
Ultrafast Scanning Probe Microscopy
Research Group Melanie Müller


We are interested in the spatio-temporal response of solid state surfaces, nanostructures, and molecules following ultrafast laser excitation. Our goal is to obtain an atomistic understanding of such photoinduced processes on (sub-) nanometer length and femtosecond time scales by employing novel pump-probe schemes for ultrafast scanning probe microscopy (SPM). We envision to study, drive and control solid state matter in highly non-equilibrium states on ultrashort length und ultrafast time scales.

To achieve this goal, we are putting efforts into the development of a broadband THz-STM combined with femtosecond optical excitation. For more information please check our research page and follow our news below.


New group member - Vivien
Nov 2020
Vivien Sleziona joins our group as PhD student. Vivien will develop a new pump-probe setup for our photoexcited ultrabroadband THz-STM driven by a spintronic emitter and work on low-temperature THz-STM. Welcome Vivien!
Ultrabroadband THz pulses meet STM tip
Jul 2020
Paper accepted in ACS Photonics, demonstrating the generation and time-domain sampling of ultrabroadband single-cycle THz bias pulses in an STM junction. Our results demonstrate the suitability of spintronic THz emitters for future ultrabroadband THz-STM applications with state-of-the art MHz laser systems, and provide insight into the broadband coupling of coherent THz radiation into nanoscale metallic junctions.
New group member - Alkisti
Mar 2020
Alkisti Vaitsi joins our group as master student to work on the generation of ultrabroadband THz pulses from spintronic THz emitters for application in THz-STM. Welcome Alkisti!
Natalia receives Marie Curie fellowship
Jan 2020
Natalia has been granted a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship to join IMDEA nanoscience in Madrid end of 2020. She will be involved in the development of near-field spectroscopic techniques coupled with optical tweezers. Congratulations Natalia!
New group member - Fabian
Dec 2019
Fabian Schulz joins our group as a postdoc to work on time-resolved imaging with THz-STM. Welcome Fabian!