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Ultrafast Dynamics of Quantum Materials


We are a new research group at Aarhus University that exploits ultra-short pulses of laser light from across the entire electromagnetic spectrum to explore and control the properties of materials. Our focus is on understanding the properties of "quantum materials", materials that show interesting and unexpected phenomena at unusually high temperatures, such as high temperature superconductivity. By using photons that range in energy from 5 meV to 15 keV we can study atomic, spin and electron dynamics on nanometer lengthscales and femtosecond timescales. Our work exploits laboratory sources of laser light, as well as the use of X-ray lasers around the world. 

Interested in joining? 

Are you interested in joining our group as a Postdoc or PhD student, or for a masters or bachelor's project? If so, contact us now to discuss the possibilities.

Nature Physics Cover!

Our work, recently publihsed in Nature Physics was made the cover story for the February print edition!


New Publication in Nature Physics

Our work of imaging the spatial dynamics of the insulator metal phase transition has been published in Nature Physics!

In this work, not only do we image dynamics of the phase transition with <50 nm spatial resolution and < 150 fs temporal resolution, but we also are able to perform spectroscopy on the transient state enabling us to identify differences between the light induced phase and the thermal phase.


New Publication

Our work in understanding how photoexcitation changes the lattice potential in V2O3 has now been published in Physical Review Letters. 


ERC StG for former group member

Congratulations to our former postdoc, Ernest Pastor, who has been awarded an ERC starting grant - PhotoDefect. 

Good luck with the new project!

European Research Council awards €636m in grants to emerging science talent across Europe | ERC (europa.eu)


New Publication

Our work on the use of optical pulses to program neural networks in phase change materials is now published in nanophotonics

The work was made in collaboration with Volker Sorger from George Washington University and Robert Simposon from the Singapore University of Technology and Design. 


New group member

Daniel Perez transfers from ICFO, Spain to join us as a post doc. 

Welcome Dani!