MBI staff member
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Bastian Pfau


+49 30 6392 1343

Department Head B2

Project Coordinator:
3.3 Transient Structures and Imaging with X-rays

Member of Project:
3.2 Solids and Nanostructures: Electrons, Spins, and Phonons


Research Topic

Short introduction:

We use X-ray holography to image functional magnetic materials on the nanoscale.


Curriculum vitae

  • since 2016 Postdoctoral Researcher, Max Born Institute
  • 2014-2015 Postdoctoral Researcher, Lund University, Division of Synchrotron Radation Research
  • 2013Dr. rer. nat. (PhD) in Physics, Technical University Berlin, Thesis: Imaging magnetic nanostructures using soft x-ray Fourier transform holography
  • 2010-2013 Assistant researcher, Technical University Berlin
  • 2006-2010 Assistant researcher, BESSY synchrotron source, since 2009 named Helmholtz Center Berlin for Materials and Energy
  • 2006 Diplom (MSc) in Physics, Technical University Dresden, Thesis: Combining photon correlation spectroscopy and fluctuation analysis for investigating diffusion dynamics
  • 1999-2006 Study of Physics, Technical University Dresden and University of Vienna



Publications at MBI

My record at ORCID

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List of own publications (highlights) with no relation to MBI:

  • X-ray Holography
    B. Pfau, and S. Eisebitt, In: Synchrotron Light Sources and Free-Electron lasers, 1st edn., Springer, Berlin, 2015.
  • Dynamics and inertia of skyrmionic spin structures
    F. Büttner, C. Moutafis, M. Schneider et al., Nature Physics 11, 225 (2015).
  • Imaging Ultrafast Demagnetization Dynamics after a Spatially Localized Optical Excitation
    C. von Korff Schmising, B. Pfau, M. Schneider et al., Physical Review Letters 112, 217203 (2014).
  • Influence of stray fields on the switching-field distribution for bit-patterned media based on pre-patterned substrates
    B. Pfau, C. M. Günther, E. Guehrs, et al., Applied Physics Letters 105, 132407 (2014).
  • Monolithic focused reference beam X-ray holography
    J. Geilhufe, B. Pfau, M. Schneider et al., Nature Communications 5, 3008 (2014).
  • Breakdown of the X-ray resonant magnetic scattering signal during intense pulses of extreme ultraviolet free-electron-laser radiation
    L. Müller, C. Gutt, B. Pfau et al., Physical Review Letters 110, 234801 (2013).
  • Ultrafast optical demagnetization manipulates nanoscale spin structure in domain walls
    B. Pfau, S. Schaffert, L. Müller et al., Nature Communications 3, 1100 (2012).
  • Femtosecond Single-Shot Imaging of Nanoscale Ferromagnetic Order in Co/Pd Multilayers Using Resonant X-Ray Holography
    T. Wang, D. Zhu, B. Wu et al., Physical Review Letters 108, 267403 (2012).
  • Method for Single-Shot Coherent Diffractive Imaging of Magnetic Domains
    S. Flewett, S. Schaffert, J. Mohanty et al., Physical Review Letters 108, 223902 (2012).
  • Origin of magnetic switching field distribution in bit patterned media based on pre-patterned substrates
    B. Pfau, C. M. Günther, E. Guehrs et al., Applied Physics Letters 99, 062502 (2011).
  • Sequential femtosecond X-Ray imaging
    C. M. Günther, B. Pfau, R. Mitzner et al., Nature Photonics 5, 99 (2011).
  • Coherent-Pulse 2D Crystallography Using a Free-Electron Laser X-Ray Source
    A. P. Mancuso, A. Schropp, B. Reime et al., Physical Review Letters 102, 035502 (2009).
  • Atomic diffusion studied with coherent X-rays
    M. Leitner, B. Sepiol, L.-M. Stadler, B. Pfau, and G. Vogl, Nature Materials 8, 717 (2009).