Overview of all news from the Controlled Molecule Imaging Group

A new path through the looking-glass

09 November 2018

Theoretical prediction of innovative experimental scheme to create mirror molecules, published in Physical Review Letters.

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Novel corkscrew-laser technique can send molecules spinning rapidly about a selected axis

12 October 2018

Modified optical centrifuge has potential to open up new ways for the study of superrotors, published in Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters.

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First experiments at Europe's new x-ray laser reveal unknown structure of antibiotics killer

02 October 2018

DESY-led international collaboration obtains first scientific results from European XFEL, published in Nature Communications.

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Posterprize awarded to Thomas Kierspel

24 August 2018

Thomas Kierspel, postdoctoral researcher in the CFEL Controlled Molecule Imaging Group (CMI), was awarded a Poster Prize MPS 2018 at the International Conference of Many Particle Spectroscopy of Atoms, Molecules, Clusters and surfaces.

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Spatial separation of prototypical peptides

14 August 2018

A team of scientists at DESY and Universität Hamburg has reached another milestone towards the direct imaging of individual biomolecules: the group led by Jochen Küpper from the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science developed an experimental technique that allowed for the separation of different conformers of a prototypical peptide in order to analyze and image them separately. The scientists reported their method, which ultimately can be applied in diverse experiments, in the scientific journal Angewandte Chemie International Edition.

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Photophysics of indole upon X-ray absorption published in PCCP

20 July 2018

We have recently published experimental results on the "Photophysics of indole upon X-ray absorption“ in the journal of Physical Chemistry, Chemistry Physics.

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Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship awarded to Alec Owens

01 July 2018

Alec Owens, postdoctoral researcher in the Controlled Molecule Imaging Group, was awarded a prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship for his research proposal regarding the chirality of molecules in high angular momentum states.

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Water is not simply water: different chemical reactivity of para- and ortho-water

29 May 2018

Water molecules exist in two different forms with nearly identical physical properties. For the first time, researchers have now shown that these forms can exhibit different chemical reactivities. These results were reported by researchers from the University of Basel and their colleagues from DESY and the Universität Hamburg in the scientific journal Nature Communications.

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Amit Samanta won a Poster Prize at the 117th Annual Meeting of the Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry (Bunsentagung 2018) Hannover

12 May 2018

Amit Samanta, postdoctoral researcher in the Controlled Molecule Imaging Group (CMI) was awarded the “RSC poster prize” at the 117th Annual Meeting of the Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry (Bunsentagung 2018) in Hannover.

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Tom Sharples visits CMI to learn about cluster-species preparation

07 May 2018

For future experiments on the reactivity of species-selected molecular clusters, Tom wanted to investigate cluster separation and learn very the details of these approaches.

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Velocity-Map Imaging for Emittance Characterization of Multiphoton Electron Emission from a Gold Surface

24 April 2018

Our publication entitled "Velocity-Map Imaging for Emittance Characterization of Multiphoton Electron Emission from a Gold Surface" has been published in Physical Review Applied.

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MEDEA “Showcase your project” video

06 April 2018

MEDEA is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (ITN-ETN) funded project in the framework of the HORIZON 2020 program.

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New Humanities Center for Advanced Studies "Imaginaria of Power"

28 March 2018

Muscle power, mental power or purchasing power – there is barely a field of cultural reflection that does not refer to power in its widest sense. The Humanities Centre for Advanced Studies “Imaginaria of Power” aims to systematically investigate the concept of power for the first time, thereby reconstructing a basic concept of art and cultural theory in dialogue with the natural sciences and science history. This will involve investigation of biological, physical, socio-political, religious, economic and psychological forces.

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New publication on strong laser-induced alignment of microsolvated-molecule clusters

15 March 2018

Our publication entitled "Strong laser alignment of solvent-solute aggregates in the gas-phase" has been published in the Journal of Chemical Physics.

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