The fields of research of the various faculty and researchers participating in the IMPRS-UFAST cover a diverse range of topics from attosecond electronic correlation in atoms and molecules, femtosecond structural dynamics in chemistry, time-dependence in strongly correlated materials and nano-samples (clusters), extreme physics such as warm dense matter to the structure-function correlation in biomolecules.
The overarching theme in the different research areas is that they all involve ultrafast imaging, where imaging is used in a very general sense. Thus, there are common themes with respect to time dependent image reconstruction, whether the process involves diffraction, phasing of coherent scatter, or quantum tomography. The students in this program will be exposed to a wide variety of research areas that share a common set of theoretical and experimental tools. This symbiotic relationship will naturally formulate a highly interdisciplinary learning environment second to none.