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Quantum Dynamics & Control

Division Prof. Dr. Thomas Pfeifer

"Where motion comes to life”

Motion plays a pivotal role in life, the universe, and everything.

  • Why do things start to move?
  • How fast are the smallest movements?
  • When does quantum motion turn classically visible?
  • In what way can we steer movements?
  • What is time?

In our division's → research we use “fast” bright light and multi-dimensional measurement techniques to illuminate these and further questions evolving around the dynamical quantum world.

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Timing molecular structural dynamics both excited and probed by extreme ultraviolet light

MPIK physicists of the group around Christian Ott (division of Thomas Pfeifer) demonstrated for the first time an all-XUV (extreme ultraviolet)…

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Determining the structure of a molecule with laser-induced electron diffraction

Researchers show how laboratory-frame photoelectron spectra can be used directly to determine the molecular structure with atomic precision from…

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X-ray double flashes control atomic nuclei

A team of researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg has coherently controlled nuclear excitations using suitably…

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