(Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. - Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy)

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Max-Born-Str. 2a, 12489 Berlin, Germany

Contact  info
Tel: +49(0)30-6392-1505
Fax: +49(0)30-6392-1509

Contact person for housing, travel, etc. 
Bettina Becker
Tel: +49(0)30-6392-1302
Email: becker (at)
Sabine Schulz (Human Resources)
Tel: +49(0)30-6392-1512
Email: sschulz (at)

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About the Institution
The Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy (MBI) conducts basic research in the field of nonlinear optics and in ultrafast dynamics of the interaction of laser light with matter, and pursues applications that emerge from this research. Using lasers and laser-driven short pulse light sources, experiments are performed in the femtosecond time range (1 femtosecond = 1 millionth of a billionth of a second) and at extremely high light intensities (1020 watts per square centimeter).
The research program focuses on optically induced nonlinear phenomena and the monitoring and control of ultrafast dynamics. Such studies provide direct insight into microscopic processes and structures that determine the physical properties of atoms, molecules, plasmas, solids and surfaces. Current examples include the observation of ultrafast structural changes in crystals with X-ray pulses and the acceleration of protons and ions in extremely high laser fields.

About the Groupleader

Dr. Olga Smirnova
Email: smirnova (at)
Tel: +49(0)30-6392-1356

Research interests:
- Imaging and controlling correlated electron dynamics in molecules.

Reseach goals:
- Time- and space-resolved imaging and control of charge migration, electron rearrangement, autoionization, coupling of the electronic and vibrational motions in molecules.
- Understand the role of attosecond coherent electron dynamics in chemical reactivity

Main research directions:
- HHG spectroscopy
- Photoelectron spectroscopy
- XUV pump -IR probe imaging and control schemes
- Theory of multi-electron systems in strong fields

2. Senior Scientist:

Dr. Foudhil Bouakline

Email: bouaklin (at)

Research topic:
Coupled electronic-nuclear dynamics in strong laser fields

Research abstract:
My current project is about the effect of strong laser fields on nuclear dynamics at conical intersections.

2014-Present: Experienced researcher, Max Born Institute, Berlin, Germany
2012-2014: Postdoctoral researcher, Max Born Institute, Berlin, Germany
2010-2012: Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral fellow, University of Potsdam, Germany
2006-2009: Postdoctoral researcher, University of Cambridge, UK
2002-2006: PhD in Atomic and Molecular Physics, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France
2000-2002: MSc in Atomic and Molecular Physics, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France
2000: BSc in Physics, Université de Béjaïa, Algeria

Research interests:
Theoretical Atomic and Molecular Physics