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Our group works on (multidimensional) spectroscopy of ultrafast molecular processes, studies their control on a quantum-mechanical level and is engaged in the research field of ultrafast nano-optics.
Dynamic processes in molecules like vibrations or rotations, chemical reactions or lifetimes of coherent excitations proceed on a characteristical timescale of some femtoseconds up to nanoseconds. In order to observe these processes and to reveal the underlying dynamics, the molecules are temporally scanned by applying femtosecond laser pulses. Using advanced methods of multidimensional spectroscopy even the evolution of energy transport in molecules can be exposed.
Since a femtosecond laser pulse consists of many colors, their particular properties (amplitude, phase, polarization) can be manipulated, resulting in temporally shaped pulses. These can be used to control quantum-mechanical processes. Beyond that polarization-shaped laser pulses can be employed to guide electromagnetical fields on nanostructures with a simultaneous sub-nanometer spatial and femtosecond temporal resolution (nano-optics).
In the course of a master or bachelor thesis our group offers various possibilities to participate in fascinating fields of research. Future doctoral candidates are cordially invited to run own projects.