Quantum Interactions and Structural Dynamics
Our research efforts focus on the ultrafast processes induced by energetic particle and photon interactions with matter ranging from single atoms and (bio-)molecules via clusters to surfaces. We aim at unveiling
  • the primary electron dynamics occurring on femtosecond timescales and
  • the subsequent structural and functional changes.
The knowledge obtained is applied in fields such as nanolithography, advanced material science, space research, mass spectrometry and radiotherapy.

The research has a strong instrumentation development component. For our experiments with ions we operate the ZERNIKE-LEIF facility centered around our highly-charged ion source. The photon work is performed at synchrotrons or Free Electron Lasers.

Hoekstra Group

Experimental Atomic Physics
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Schlathölter Group

Gas Phase Biomolecules and Energetic Interactions
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