MBI staff member
Personal info


E-mail address:



Dr. Clemens von Korff Schmising

korff [at] mbi-berlin.de

+49 30 6392 1372

Department Head: B4 "Electron and Spin Dynamics"

Project Coordinator: 3.2 "Solids and Nanostructures: Electrons, Spins, and Phonons"

Member of Projects: 3.3 "Transient Structures and Imaging with X-rays "


Research Topic

Short introduction:

We aim to understand how fundamental interactions in magnetism like spin-orbit coupling, exchange interaction and spin dependent electron transport allow the optical manipulation of magnetic order on an ultrafast time scale. Currently we focus on ferromagnetic and ferrimagnetic metallic thin films and multilayers and explore the influence of magnetic and chemical nanoscale inhomogeneities on ultrafast spin dynamics and ultrafast magnetic switching. Furthermore, we design and manufacture plasmonic structures for subwavelength confinement of the optical excitation to achieve control of magnetism on the nanoscale.

SAXS_FTHIn addition to all-optical spectroscopy we use novel light sources like free electron laser and high harmonic sources in the extreme ultraviolet spectral range to probe the transient magnetic state via element-specific magnetic dichroic spectroscopy, small angle scattering and coherent imaging techniques. These experimental methods give us detailed information on the distinct dynamics in multicomponent magnetic systems with a femtosecond temporal and nanometre spatial resolution.


Curriculum vitae

  • 11/2015 - present: Scientist
    Prof. Dr. Stefan Eisebitt
  • 08/2011 - 11/2015: Postdoctoral Researcher
    Technische Universität Berlin
    Prof. Dr. Stefan Eisebitt
  • 07/2011 - 11/2008: Postdoctoral Scholarship of the Swedish National Research Foundation
    Lund University, Sweden
    Prof. Dr. Jörgen Larsson & Prof. Dr. Matias Bargheer
  • 02/2005 - 10/2008: Ph.D. Thesis: "Ultrafast X-ray Scattering in Condensed Matter"
    Max-Born-Institute Berlin/Humboldt University Berlin, Dr. rer. nat.
    Prof. Dr. Thomas Elsässer
  • 04/2004 - 10/2004: Scientific Researcher
    Optical Fibre Technology Centre Sydney, University of Sydney, Australia
    Prof. Dr. Marianne Large
  • 09/2000 - 12/2003: Diploma Thesis: "Holography in Lithium Niobate Crystals with Nano- and Femtosecond Light Pulses"
    University Bonn, Germany
    Prof. Dr. Karsten Buse
  • 09/1999 - 06/2000: Physics studies (Erasmus)
    St. Andrews University, Scotland
  • 09/1997 - 08/1999: Physics studies (Vordiplom)
    University of Bayreuth, Germany


Research Highlights


Publications at MBI

List of own publications with no relation to MBI:

  • Nonlocal ultrafast demagnetization dynamics of Co/Pt multilayers by optical field enhancement
    C. von Korff Schmising, M. Giovannella, D. Weder, S. Schaffert, J. Webb and S. Eisebitt
    New Journal of Physics, 17, 033047 (2015)
  • Dynamics and inertia of skyrmionic spin structures
    F. Büttner, C. Moutafis, M. Schneider, B. Krüger, C.M. Günther, J. Geilhufe, C. von Korff Schmising, J. Mohanty, B. Pfau, S. Schaffert, A. Biesig, M. Foerster, T. Schulz, C.A.F. Vaz, J.H. Franken, H.J.M. Swagten, M. Kläui, and S. Eisebitt
    Nature Physics, 11, 225 (2015)
  • Imaging ultrafast demagnetization dynamics after a spatially localized optical excitation
    C. von Korff Schmising, B. Pfau, M. Schneider, C.M. Günther, M. Giovannella, J. Perron, B. Vodungbo, L. Müller, F. Capotondi, E. Pedersoli, N. Mahne, J. Lüning, and S. Eisebitt
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 217203 (2014)
  • udkm1Dsim-A simulation toolkit for 1D ultrafast dynamics in condensed matter
    D. Schick, A. Bojahr, M. Herzog, R. Shayduk, C. von Korff Schmising, M. Bargheer
    Comp. Commun. Phys., 185, 651-660 (2013)
  • Ultrafast dynamics of magnetic domain structures probed by coherent free-electron laser light
    L. Müller, S. Schleitzer, C. Gutt, B. Pfau, S. Schaffert, J. Geilhufe, C. von Korff Schmising, M. Schneider, C. M. Günther, F. Büttner, F. Capotondi, E. Pedersoli, S. Düsterer, H. Redlin, A. Al-Shemmary, R. Treusch, J. Bach, R. Frömter, B. Vodungbo, J. Gautier, P. Zeitoun, H. Popescu, V. Lopez-Flores, N. Beaulieu, F. Sirotti, N. Jaouen, G. Malinowski, B. Tudu, K. Li, J. Lüning, H. P. Oepen, M. Kiskinova, S. Eisebitt and G. Grübel
    Sync. Rad. News, 26, 27-32 (2013)
  • Ultrafast reciprocal-space mapping with a convergent beam
    D. Schick, R. Shayduk, A. Bojahr, M. Herzog, C. von Korff Schmising, P. Gaal and M. Bargheer
    J. Appl. Cryst., 46, 1372-1377 (2013)
  • High-resolution magnetic-domain imaging by Fourier transform holography at 21 nm wavelength
    S. Schaffert, B. Pfau, J. Geilhufe, C. M Günther, M. Schneider, C. von Korff Schmising and S. Eisebitt
    New J. Phys. 15, 093042 (2013)
  • Magnetic states in low-pinning high-anisotropy material nanostructures suitable for dynamic imaging
    F. Büttner, C. Moutafis, A. Bisig, P. Wohlhüter, C. M. Günther, J. Mohanty, J. Geilhufe, M. Schneider, C. v. Korff Schmising, S. Schaffert, B. Pfau, M. Hantschmann, M. Riemeier, M. Emmel, S. Finizio, G. Jakob, M. Weigand, J. Rhensius, J. H. Franken, R. Lavrijsen, H. J. M. Swagten, H. Stoll, S. Eisebitt, and M. Kläui
    Phys. Rev. B, 87, 134422 (2013)
  • The c-axis thermal conductivity of graphite film of nanometer thickness measuredby time resolved X-ray diffraction
    M. Harb, C. von Korff Schmising, H. Enquist, A. Jurgilaitis, I. Maximov, P. V. Shvets, A. N. Obraztsov, D. Khakhulin, M. Wulff, and J. Larsson
    Appl. Phys. Lett., 101, 233108 (2012)
  • Holographically aided iterative phase retrieval
    S. Flewett, C. M. Günther, C. von Korff Schmising, B. Pfau, J. Mohanty, F. Büttner, M. Riemeier, M. Hantschmann, M. Kläui, and S. Eisebitt
    Optics Express, 20, 29210 (2012)
  • Comparing the oscillation phase in optical pump-probe spectra to ultrafast x-ray diffraction
    A. Bojahr, D. Schick, L. Maerten, M. Herzog, I. Vrejoiu, C. v. Korff Schmising, C. Milne, S. L. Johnson and M. Bargheer
    Phys. Rev. B, 85, 224302 (2012)
  • Normalization schemes for ultrafast x-ray diffraction using a table-top laser-driven plasma source
    D. Schick, A. Bojahr, M. Herzog, C. von Korff Schmising, R. Shayduk, W. Leitenberger, P. Gaal and M. Bargheer
    Rev. Sci. Instrum., 83, 025104 (2012)
  • Analysis of ultrafast x-ray diffraction data in a linear-chain model of the lattice dynamics
    M. Herzog, D. Schick, P. Gaal, R. Shayduk, C. von Korff Schmising and M. Bargheer
    Appl. Phys. A,106, 489-499 (2012)
  • Nanoscale heat transport studied by high-resolution time-resolved X-ray diffraction
    R. Shayduka, H. Naviriana, W. Leitenbergerg, J. Goldshteyna, I. Vrejoiu, M. Weinelt, P. Gaal, M. Herzog, C. v. Korff Schmising and M. Bargheer
    New Journal of Physics, 15, 093032 (2011)
  • Picosecond dynamics of laser-induced strains in graphite
    M. Harb, A. Jurgilaitis, H. Enquist, R. Nüske, C. v. Korff Schmising, J. Gaudin, S. L. Johnson, C. J. Milne, P. Beaud, E. Vorobeva, A. Caviezel, S. Mariager, G. Ingold, and J. Larsson
    Phys. Rev. B, 84, 045435 (2011)
  • Picosecond time-resolved x-ray refectivity of a laser-heated amorphous carbon film
    R. Nüske, A. Jurgilaitis, H. Enquist, S. Dastjani Farahani, J. Gaudin, L. Guerin, M. Harb, C. v. Korff Schmising, M. Störmer, M. Wulff, and J. Larsson
    Appl. Phys Lett., 98, 101909 (2011)
  • Subpicosecond hard x-ray streak camera using single-photon counting
    H. Enquist, H. Navirian, R. Nüske, C. v. Korff Schmising, A. Jurgilaitis, M. Herzog, M. Bargheer, P. Sondhauss, and J. Larsson
    Optics Letters, 35, 3219 (2010)
  • Acoustically driven ferroelastic domain switching observed by time-resolved x-ray diffraction
    H. Navirian, H. Enquist, R. Nüske, A. Jurgilaitis, P. Sondhauss, C. v. Korff Schmising and J. Larsson
    Phys. Rev. B, 81, 024113 (2010)
  • Time-resolved x-ray scattering from laser-molten indium antimonide
    R. Nüske, C. v. Korff Schmising, A. Jurgilaitis, H. Enquist, H. Navirian, P. Sondhauss, and J. Larsson
    Review of Scientific Instruments, 81, 013106 (2010)
  • Rectangular-core microstructured polymer optical fibre for interconnect
    M. van Eijkelenborg, N. Issa, M. Hiscocks, C. v. Korff Schmising, R. Lwin
    Electronic Letters, 42, 201-202 (2006)
  • Long-living currents induced by nanosecond light pulses in LiNbO3 Crystals
    O. Beyer, C. v. Korff Schmising, M. Luennemann, K. Buse, B. Sturman
    Optics Express, 14, 1533-1540 (2006)
  • Femtosecond holography in lithium niobate crystals
    H.T. Hsieh, D. Psaltis, O. Beyer, D. Maxein, C.v. Korff Schmising, K. Buse, B. Sturmann
    Opt. Lett., 30, 2233-2235 (2005)