High-field THz driven dynamics


Recent example experiment: A Terahertz AC field at high repetition rate is used to align the orbital domains in La0.5Sr1.5MnO4 (T.A. Miller et al, Nat. Comm. 2015).

The low quantum energy of ultra-short pulses in the THz regime opens up the fascinating opportunity to excite low energy degrees of freedom in matter selectively and, if done in the right way, in its electronic ground state [1]. We are interested in ways to perturb and if possible manipulate matter by the transient electric and/or magnetic field transients of intense THz pulses (one recent success is the control of orbital order [2]).

The key technology is here to generate these THz pulses with as much control over its properties (number of cycles, polarization, chirp, field strength, repetition rate) as possible. To this end we operate several laser-based THz sources in our laboratory and operate and develop the High-field High-Repetition-Rate THz facility @ ELBE TELBE and also perform beamtimes at other high-field THz user facilities such as the one at the FLASH FEL.

TELBE provides world-wide unique repetition rates for high-field THz pulses up to the MHz regime and thereby will enable to probe the THz driven dynamics with duty-cycle hungry spectroscopic techniqes such as time-resolved spectroscopic ellipsometry [3] time-resolved ARPES or time-resolved near-field microscopy. A part of our research is aiming at adapting such techniques to high-field THz sources with the goal to get a deeper understanding of the underlying phenomena of THz control in matter. One recent success in this quest is the successful demonstration of time-resolved scanning nearfield microscopy together with our collaborators from the TU Dresden [4].

[1] M. Foerst et. al., "THz Control in Correlated Electron Solids: Sources and Applications" in K.-E. Peiponen et. al., (eds.), Terahertz Spectroscopy and Imaging, 1 Springer Series in Optical Sciences 171, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-29564-5_23, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012.

[2] T.A. Miller et. al., "Terahertz field control of in-plane orbital order in La0.5Sr1.5MnO4", Nat. Comm. 6 (2015), 8175.

[3] M. Gensch,“Brilliant Infrared Lightsources for Micro-Ellipsometric Studies of Organic Thin Films”, in Ellipsometry of Functional Organic Surfaces and Films, Springer Series in Optical Sciences 52, DOI 10.1007978-3-642-40128-2, © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014.

[4] F. Kuschewski et. al., "Optical Nanoscopy of transient states of Matter", Scientific Reports (2015), 12582.