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Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials Colloquium Andrea Cavalleri


06 November 2008 FWN-Building 5111.0080, Nijenborgh 4, 9747 AG, Groningen
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Andrea Cavalleri
Affiliation: Department of Physics, Clarendon Laboratory, University of Oxford, UK
Title: Ultrafast control of complex phases of solids
Date: Thu Nov 6, 2008
Start: 16.00 (Doors open and coffee available at 15.30)
Location: FWN-Building 5111.0080


The overarching goal of our work is to use coherent light fields to control the complex electronic, magnetic and structural phase of solids.
Is it possible to switch the magnetic state of a macroscopic solid at THz rates?
Can one control orbital excitations on the ultrafast timescale and their interactions with other degrees of freedom of the system?
Can we photo-induce superconductivity?
This field of research is nowadays enormously energized by the new developments in light source technology. Using a combination of tabletop lasers and accelerator- based sources, the femtosecond pulses are accessible from THz wavelengths to the hard x-rays, spanning a photon energy range of 7 orders of magnitude. This allows new forms of control and observation on the elementary timescale of atomic, electronic and spin rearrangements.
In this talk I will discuss the current state of
our work, which includes new ways to photo-stimulate and observe insulator-metal transitions in a number of transition metal oxide materials and of strongly correlated organics.
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