Föhlisch, Prof. Dr. Alexander

Alexander Föhlisch studied physics at Tübingen, received a M.A. in physics with a Fulbright scholarship at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook and concluded his studies at Hamburg University with a diploma thesis in X-ray microscopy. In his doctoral research, he investigated the nature of the surface chemical bond at the Advanced Light Source in Berkeley (USA) which lead to a PhD in Physics at Uppsala University in the group of Nils Martensson and Anders Nilsson.

He then joined the group of W. Wurth at Hamburg University, where he received his habilitation in experimental physics and conducted research at the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY with the first X-ray laser FLASH. The research activities of Alexander Föhlisch take place at leading national and international X-ray sources. He is a guest professor at the Institute for Solid State Physics of Tokyo University and a member of the soft X-ray materials science consortium at the LCLS (Linac Coherent Light Source) at Stanford.

His research focus is on the investigation of the electronic structure and the ultrafast dynamics on the atomic scale with innovative X-ray methods. He has continually contributed to the development and the application of time-resolved femtosecond X-ray methods, with contributions to attosecond charge transfer on surfaces, the nature of surface chemical bonding and the chemical and magnetic properties of nanoparticles as well as to the development of time-resolved X-ray methods for molecular dynamics and ultrafast switching in condensed matters. With his joint appointment to the University of Potsdam and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Alexander Föhlisch is now leading the Institute for Methods and Instrumentation for Synchrotron Radiation Research, where he will continue to push the frontiers in synchrotron radiation research towards highest energy, momentum and time resolution to see how electronic structure and ultrafast dynamics on the atomic scale interplay.

Multidimensional X-ray methods with ultimate energy (spectroscopy9, momentum (scattering)
and time resolutionprobe energy andscapes and dynamic pathways for materials function.

Prof. Dr. Alexander Föhlisch
Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie
Institute for Methods and Instrumentation in Synchrotron Radiation Research G-I2
Albert-Einstein-Str. 15
12489 Berlin, Germany
Telefon | Phone: +49 (0)30 8062 14985