Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy (MBI)

MBI profileThe The Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy (MBI) conducts basic research in the field of nonlinear optics and in ultrafast dynamics of the interaction of laser light with matter, pursuing applications that emerge from this research. Using lasers and laser-driven short pulse light sources, experiments are performed in the femtosecond time range (1 femtosecond = 1 millionth of a billionth of a second) and at extremely high light intensities (10-20 watts per square centimetre). The research programme focuses on optically induced nonlinear phenomena and the monitoring and control of ultrafast dynamics. Such studies provide direct insight into microscopic processes and structures that determine the physical properties of atoms, molecules, plasmas, solids and surfaces. Current examples include the observation of ultrafast structural changes in crystals with X-ray pulses and the acceleration of protons and ions in extremely high laser fields.

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Directors: Professor Dr. Thomas Elsässer, Professor Dr. Stefan Eisebitt, Professor Dr. Marc Vrakking
Max-Born-Str. 2A, 12489 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 6392-1505
Staff incl. guests: 236
Budget (Mio. EUR): 19,5
www.mbi-berlin.de
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