Max Planck Institute for the Structure
and Dynamics of Matter / CFEL
Building 99 (CFEL)
Luruper Chaussee 149
22761 Hamburg / Germany
Hamburg phone prefix: +49 (0)40 8998-
Laboratory Bldg. 49b-002: -6292
Laboratories CFEL (Bldg. 99):
Michael Först (EG.031) -86009
Michael Först (EG.039) -86011
Michael Först (EG.043) -86013
Prep Lab (EG.052) -86014
Chemistry Lab (EG.054) -86015
ARPES-lab (EG.129) -86057
Laser-lab (EG.131) -86058
Cleanroom (EG066): -86026
MBE-lab (EG127): -86059
Director Condensed Matter Department
Andrea is founding director of the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter. He heads the Condensed Matter Department at the MPSD located in the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL).
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Senior Staff Scientist
Michael investigates nonlinear phononics in the solid state, that is the anharmonic response of the crystal lattice to resonant phonon excitation by intense mid-infrared and terahertz light pulses. His research aims to contribute to the understanding of ultrafast lattice-driven phenomena in correlated electron systems, such as insulator-metal transitions, control of magnetic order, or light-induced superconductivity in high-TC cuprates. Michael exploits ultrafast hard and soft X-ray diffraction at free electron lasers, as well as table-top ultrafast linear and nonlinear optical spectroscopy. In addition, he develops new schemes for the generation and shaping of waveform-stable intense pulses at mid-infrared and THz frequencies.
Michael's research explores the interactions and dynamics within multifunctional materials using computational methods. In particular, he focuses on materials that exhibit a complex interplay of structure, charge and spin degrees of freedom. The aim of his research is to develop formalisms that explain and describe light induced materials properties.
James is interested in using coherent light-matter interactions as a means of manipulating the topological order of materials. To this end, he is investigating how light can be used to drive topological phase transitions in various materials by coupling to the lattice and electronic degrees of freedom.
Bldg. 99, Rm. 02.069, Phone: -6208
Daniele studies the coherent control of complex materials using strong laser fields at Terahertz frequencies. He is mainly performing experiments on the control of superconductivity in high-Tc cuprates and organic molecular solids, but his interests extend more generally to the coherently excited many-body dynamics in strongly-correlated systems. He is combining the use of intense Terahertz pump pulses (generated with both table-top sources and Free-Electron Lasers) with different probing techniques, including time-resolved THz spectroscopy and femtosecond X-ray diffraction.
Distinguished Visiting Scientists
Roberto D. Merlin