Recent Publication highlights

Cherry picking molecules from the soup: Spatial separation of pyrrole and pyrrole-water clusters

29 January 2019

We demonstrated the spatial separation of pyrrole-water1 clusters with practically 100 % purity from the other atomic and molecular species in a supersonically-expanded beam of pyrrole and traces of water seeded in high-pressure helium gas.

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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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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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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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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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