Spring School on Condensed Phase Spectroscopy

Welcome to the first Photon School at HZB on

Photon Absorption and Photon and Electron Emission; Ground-State and Excited State Molecular Structure; Liquid and Solid Phase; Theory and Experiment

14th - 24th of March, 2017

We are delighted to announce the first photon school at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and invite you to join our spring school. Since the number of participants is limited to 20 an application is required. There is no registration fee for participation in the school.

Scope of the School

Students will be introduced to a range of state-of-the-art spectroscopic and theoretical methods that are being developed and adopted to probe the molecular structure, function and dynamics of increasingly wide-ranging and complex material systems. Lectures will be given by leading experts in all fields of photoelectron, fluorescence and vibrational spectroscopy to provide a comprehensive overview of the research status. Energy- and time-resolved spectroscopic approaches will be discussed. Focus will be placed on the study of condensed phase systems via numerous spectroscopic techniques that span the infrared to soft X-ray spectral ranges. The principles of operation of different light sources, spanning from infrared to soft X-ray wavelength range, will be presented. Methods of generation of ultrashort light pulses, in particular by means of modern laser technologies, will be discussed in connection with their application in time-resolved experiments aiming to track the dynamics of molecular systems on ultrafast time scales. The lectures will emphasize the complementary aspects of the different methods, and a full section is dedicated to the theoretical modeling of spectra.

Attendees will have the opportunity to attend a 10 days program. This will comprise of 5 days learning courses and 4 days of hands-on measurements in small groups at several experimental stations at HZB. Obtained spectra will be discussed qualitatively. In addition, a 1-day computation exercise is offered where attendees will perform standard calculations of spectra, and develop an understanding of how experimentalists and theoreticians work together.


The school is intended for students in chemistry, physics, and physical chemistry who are interested in the application of photon-based spectroscopic methods in order to characterize the electronic and vibrational structure of matter.