The Institute for Optics and Atomic Physics (IOAP)
is one of only a few institutes of its type in Germany, conducting
wide-ranging research into future technologies in the field of optics.
This includes such themes as holographic laserphysics, nonlinear
optics and electronmicroscopy as well as X-ray and laser spectroscopy
of atomic processes in molecular systems and in condensed matter. Core
interests of the institute include the interaction between light and
matter, development of novel optical measurement processes over the
smallest dimensions and the shortest times, as well as the
applications of light in production, information, environment and
society. Scientific problems include dynamical processes in isolated
molecules and ions, in clusters, and in nanoparticles.
Central goals are the determination of geometric, optical, electronic and also chemical properties of these quantum systems, and their relevance to different areas of applications: environmental and atmospheric physics (traceanalysis, interstellar chemistry), combustion, catalysis, as well as semiconductor and biophysics.
Cooperation with the Laser-Medizin-Technik Berlin (LMTB), the Max-Born-Institut (MBI), the German electron synchrotron (DESY) and the Berlin electron synchrotron (BESSY) produces a unique expertise for the development of lasers into the future, utilising plasma, solid-state, or accelerator technology, and for their deployment in spectroscopy, material processing and medicine.