About Us


The topic of this research unit is the investigation of a novel, recently discovered mechanism for the transformation of electronic energy created by excitation or ionization with UV radiation and far beyond, or energetic particles. In addition to photoemission from an excited atom and the emission of an Auger-electron, Intermolecuar or Interatomic  Coulombic Decay provides a third, additional decay mechanism. ICD is not a resonant process, and is therefore expected to occur under general conditions. Thus it is expected to find ICD in many systems and configurations.


Putting ICD in broader context, it bridges the gap between fundamental research on the correlated motion of electrons and nuclei and more applied research, for example, on the influence of kinetic energy electrons in radiation chemistry. In the research unit we expect to contribute not only exciting experiments on the ultrafast dynamics of the electronic cloud but also new ideas directed towards new fields of application.


This research unit is a collaboration of the leading scientists in ICD in Germany and Austria from Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, Universität Innsbruck, Universität Heidelberg, Universität Hamburg, Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik and Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin.