MBI (Berlin, Germany)

Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short-Pulse Spectroscopy, Berlin, Germany

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The MBI conducts basic research in the field of nonlinear optics and ultrafast dynamics of the interaction of light with matter and pursues applications that emerge from this research. It develops and uses ultrafast and intense lasers and laser-driven short-pulse light sources in a broad spectral range in combination with methods of nonlinear spectroscopy and time-resolved structure research.

At the MBI, lasers and secondary, laser-driven light sources represent both a subject of research and an essential tool for experimental studies of light-matter interactions. This research emphasizes the generation and application of atto- and femtosecond pulses, of high power few-cycle pulses in the infrared (IR) and mid-infrared (mid-IR) range with a stable carrier envelope phase, and of highly stable and tunable sources covering a very wide spectral range from terahertz (THz) radiation up to hard X-ray wavelengths. The MBI makes considerable efforts to offer services and facilities to the regional, national and international scientific community, the most prominent example being the LASERLAB-EUROPE project. The MBI shares its facilities and scientific know-how with external researchers to mutual benefit, and is involved in a large number and variety of cooperative research projects with universities, other research institutions and industrial partners. Strong synergies exist between the research at MBI and large-scale facilities such as XFEL and ELI, where the MBI provides prototype solutions.

Excellence: Development of ultrashort and ultra-intense pulsed laser sources in a broad spectral range. Relevant applications in different research areas, ranging from atomic, molecular, and cluster, and surface physics to the physics of condensed matter, including magnetic materials and biological structures. Main research areas include attosecond physics, strong field physics and ultrafast phenomena in condensed matter. ERC Advanced Grants were awarded to MBI scientists Thomas Elsässer and Eric Nibbering and a Starting Grant to Benjamin Fingerhut.


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Services for industry

Semiconductor: We offer optical measurements of semiconductor structures and devices provided by industrial partners.
This involves especially time-resolved photoluminescence, micro-photoluminescence and Raman spectroscopy. In these measurements, properties of optoelectronic materials and devices, such as non-equilibrium carrier lifetimes, temperatures, mechanical strains and other parameters influencing device properties and reliability, are determined.

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Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short-Pulse Spectroscopy
Max-Born-Str. 2 A
12489 Berlin
Phone +49 (0)30/63 92-15 08