Thomas Kierspel

Postdoctoral researcher

Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL)
Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY
Notkestrasse 85 (building 99, room O3.056)
22607 Hamburg




Complex molecules often exhibit different conformers (structural isomers) even in the conditions of a cold (≈ 1 K) molecular beam. Different conformers usually have different properties and can be spatially separated with a strong inhomogeneous electric field.
The project of Thomas focusses on the creation of strongly 3D-aligned and oriented samples of individual conformers in order to investigate their ultrafast interconversion dynamics. This can be done by coherent X-ray diffractive imaging, time-resolved X-ray spectroscopy, and X-ray-induced molecular-frame photoelectron angular distribution.

Curriculum Vitae

since 2017 postdoctoral researcher in the CMI group lead by Prof. Jochen Küpper
2012 - 2017 doctoral student in the CMI group lead by Prof. Jochen Küpper
2009 - 2012 Engineering Physics (M.Sc.) - Laser and Optics, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany
2005 - 2009 Diploma Engineer - Electrical Engineering - Optical Technologies, Cologne University Of Applied Science, Germany