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

Andrea Cavalleri

Andrea Cavalleri

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).
He's a Professor of Physics at the University of Hamburg and at the University of Oxford.

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Hamburg → Contact
Bldg. 99, Rm. 02.079, Phone:-5354

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Senior Staff Scientist

Michael Först

M Foerst

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.

Bldg. 99, Rm. 02.071, Phone: -5360
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Michael Fechner

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.

Bldg. 99, Rm. 02.059; Phone: - 6625
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James McIver

James McIver

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. 02.061, Phone: -6208

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Daniele Nicoletti

Daniele Nicoletti

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.

Bldg. 99, Rm. 02.061, Phone: -6208
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Humboldt Fellows

Ankit Disa

Ankit’s research focuses on the design and control of novel electronic and magnetic phases in complex oxide heterostructures. He is particularly interested in exploring how optically driven lattice and electronic excitations can be employed to induce/enhance emergent interfacial phenomena in such systems.

Bldg. 99, Rm. O2.057, Phone: -6214

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Eryin Wang

Eryin joined Andrea’s group as a postdoc in Sep, 2017. He is interested in investigating the light-induced superconductivity in organic superconductors using ultrafast techniques. To this end, he is trying to combine molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) method with ultrafast techniques developed in this group.

Bldg. 99, Rm. 02.057 , Phone: -6214

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Kenneth Beyerlein

Ken is interested in imaging the ultrafast structural changes in strongly coupled electronic materials induced by THz and mid-IR laser pulses. The goal is a time resolved depiction of lattice coupling, showing the atomic motion and tracking coherent domain dynamics.

Bldg. 99, Rm. O2.059, Phone: -5787

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Mariana Chavez Cervantes

Bldg. 99, Rm. 02.055 , Phone: -5371

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Gregor Jotzu


Bldg. 99, Rm. O2.045, Phone: -6207

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Rashmi Singla

Bldg. 99, Rm. 02.049, Phone: -6216

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Michele Buzzi

Michele joined Andrea's group in February 2016 on a fellowship of the Swiss National Science Foundation. He aims to investigate light-induced effects in organic superconductors by using both ultrafast x-rays techniques and ultrafast optical spectroscopic techniques under pressure.

Bldg. 99, Rm. 02.051, Phone: -6215

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Meredith Henstridge

Bldg. 99, Rm. 02.045, Phone: -5373

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Amit Ribak

Bldg. 99, Rm. 02.049, Phone: -88102

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PhD Students

Joseph Adelinia

Bldg. 99, Rm. 02.065 , Phone: -88119

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Dawei Fu

Dawei investigates control of superconductivity in high-Tc cuprates under external magnetic fields using pump-probe spectroscopy in the THz regime. He is currently working on experiments on La2-xBaxCuO4 with strong-field THz pulses, aiming at probing and manipulating states in which superconductivity coexists with charge and spin order.

Bldg. 99, Rm. 02.065, Phone: -6209

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Abhisek Kole

Bldg. 99, Rm. 02.055 , Phone: -88109

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Tobia F. Nova

Tobia investigates the light-induced dynamics of YBa2Cu3O6+x superconductors following mid-infrared excitation, with a particular focus on the transient properties in the presence of static magnetic fields.

Bldg. 99, Rm. 02.052, Phone: -6574

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Benedikt Schulte

Bldg. 99, Rm. 02.045, Phone: -6283

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Matthias Budden

Matthias investigates lattice driven phase transitions in complex oxides with a focus on dynamic coherent stabilization of the transient state. To this end, he is developing a high power mid-infrared source with pico- to nanosecond tunable pulse length.

Bldg. 99, Rm. 02.052, Phone: -6574

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Alexander von Hoegen

Alexander investigates the nonlinear lattice dynamics in ferroelectric materials induced by resonant large-amplitude phonon excitation. The goal of this work is to coherently control the ferroelectric polarization potentially leading to its ultrafast switching.

Bldg. 99, Rm. 02.054, Phone: -6551

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Biaolong Liu

Biaolong joined our group in fall 2014 and will investigate new schemes for the generation of intense mid-infrared light pulses.

Bldg. 99, Rm. 02.056, Phone: -6252

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Edward Rowe

Bldg. 99, Rm. 02.056 , Phone: -88112

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Master Students

Gunda Kipp

Gunda is developing waveguides for performing on-chip THz conductivity measurements on 2D quantum materials and heterostructures.

Bldg. 99, Rm. 02.055, Phone: -5371

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Beamline Scientists

Thomas Gebert

Thomas is developing an optical scheme capable of generating of mid-infrared pulses of tunable duration in the nanosecond range. In addition, he is involved in ARPES experiments.

Bldg. 99, Rm. O2.075, Phone: -6589

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Stephen Clark

Stephen is frequently visiting our group within the ERC project Q-MAC. He provides theoretical support in understanding THz driven complex systems, such as cuprate high-TC superconductors or nickelates.

Lecturer at the University of Bath, Department of Physics

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Distinguished Visiting Scientists

Hideo Aoki

Emeritus Professor
Department of Physics, University of Tokyo, Hongo, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan

Electronics and Photonics Research Institute
Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
Umezono, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8568, Japan

Visiting: June-July 2018


Abhay Pasupathy

Associate Professor

Dep. Physics, Columbia University in the City of New York   ⇒ Condensed Matter Physics
1307 Pupin Hall, Mail Code 5206
Phone: (212) 854-6335

Personal Web Site

Visiting: Oct.-Dez. 2018

Email: apn2108(at)


Roberto D. Merlin

Peter A. Franken Collegiate Professor of Physics; Professor of EECS
Department of Physics, University of Michigan

Visiting: May 2019, May-June 2018, May 2017, June-July 2016


Paolo Radaelli

Professorial Fellow in Physics, Wadham College;
Dr Lee’s Professor of Experimental Philosophy at the Clarendon Laboratory,
Department of Physics, University of Oxford

Visiting: April/May 2019, May-June 2018, October-December 2017