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Dr. Daniela Rupp


+49 30 6392 1280

Junior research group leader


  • Katharina Kolatzki (master student)
  • Mario Sauppe (guest scientist)
  • Björn Senfftleben (PhD student)
  • Dr. Rico Mayro Tanyag (postdoctoral scientist)
  • Julian Zimmermann (PhD student)

Research interests


My research is focused on advancing a fundamental understanding of non-equilibrium dynamics in highly excited matter on the nanoscale. The excitation of nanoparticles, such as clusters and nanodroplets in strong laser fields, provides a well-defined scenario to explore and possibly control the correlated dynamics of excitation and plasma formation. The light-induced dynamics are probed via (time-resolved) coherent diffractive imaging, using intense short-wavelength pulses from free-electron lasers (FELs) and high-harmonic generation (HHG) sources, and the concurrent spectroscopic measurement of ions and electrons. In this context I develop and advance innovative detection schemes, beam focusing, manipulation and characterization tools as well as sample delivery systems.


  • Coherent diffractive imaging in the XUV regime: 3D geometry of single nanoparticles
  • Coincident diffractive imaging and ion spectroscopy of individual gas-phase clusters
  • Towards diffractive imaging of electron dynamics with (attosecond) HHG pulses
  • X-ray Movie Camera at FLASH: Filming light induced dynamics in single clusters
  • Resonant diffractive imaging of excitation and nanoplasma dynamics at FELs

Awards and scholarships

  • "Karl-Scheel Preis" der Physikalischen Gesellschaft zu Berlin 2018 (Link)
  • "Outstanding Reviewer for Journal of Physics Communications" 2017
  • Dissertationspreis der Sektion AMOP der Deutschen Physikalischen Gesellschaft 2015
  • Dissertationspreis der Physikalischen Gesellschaft zu Berlin "Carl-Ramsauer Preis" 2013
  • DAAD Stipendium für Stanford, USA 2010
  • Physik-Studienpreis der Wilhelm und Else Heraeus-Stiftung 2009
  • Studienförderung des Cusanuswerks


25 Femtosecond X-ray Fourier holography imaging of free-flying nanoparticles
T. Gorkhover, A. Ulmer, K. Ferguson, M. Bucher, F. Maia, J. Bielecki, T. Ekeberg, M. F. Hantke, B. J. Daurer, C. Nettelblad, J. Andreasson, A. Barty, P. Bruza, S. Carron, D. Hasse, J. Krzywinski, D. S. D. Larsson, A. Morgan, K. Mühlig, M. Müller, K. Okamoto, A. Pietrini, D. Rupp, M. Sauppe, G. van der Schot, M. Seibert, J. A. Sellberg, M. Svenda, M. Swiggers, N. Timneanu, D. Westphal, G. Williams, A. Zani, H. N. Chapman, G. Faigel, T. Möller, J. Hajdu and C. Bostedt
Nature photonics, accepted (2018)
24 Atomare Cluster im Fokus: Intensive Röntgenpulse enthüllen die Struktur und ultraschnelle Entwicklung einzelner Nanoteilchen.
D. Rupp, T. Fennel, T. Möller in Physik Journal, S. 33 (2017)
23 Coherent diffractive imaging of single helium nanodroplets with a high harmonic generation source
D. Rupp, N. Monserud, B. Langbehn, M. Sauppe, J. Zimmermann, Y. Ovcharenko, T. Möller, F. Frassetto, L. Poletto, A. Trabattoni, F. Calegari, M. Nisoli, K. Sander, C. Peltz, M. J. Vrakking, T. Fennel, A. Rouzée
Nat. Commun., 8, (2017)
Pressemitteilung: "FV Berlin: Erstmals freie Nanoteilchen mit hochintensiven Laserquelle im Laborexperiment abgebildet"
22 Shapes of rotating superfluid helium nanodroplets
C. Bernando, R. M. P. Tanyag, C. Jones, C. Bacellar, M. Bucher, K. R. Ferguson, D. Rupp, M. P. Ziemkiewicz, L. F. Gomez, A. S. Chatterley, T. Gorkhover, M. Müller, J. Bozek, S. Carron, J. Kwok, S. L. Butler, T. Möller, C. Bostedt, O. Gessner, and A. F. Vilesov
Phys. Rev. B, 95, 064510, (2017)

Recombination-enhanced surface expansion of clusters in intense soft x-ray laser pulses
D. Rupp, L. Flückiger, M. Adolph, T. Gorkhover, M. Krikunova, J. P. Müller, M. Müller, T. Oelze, Y. Ovcharenko, B. Röben, M. Sauppe, S. Schorb, D. Wolter, R. Mitzner, M. Wöstmann, S. Roling, M. Harmand, R. Treusch, M. Arbeiter, T. Fennel, C. Bostedt, and T. Möller
Phys. Rev. Lett, 117, 153401, (2016)

Desy News:
"FLASH beobachtet explodierende Xenon-Nanopartikel"

20 Time-resolved x-ray imaging of a laser-induced nanoplasma and its neutral residuals
L. Flückiger, D. Rupp, M. Adolph, T. Gorkhover, M. Krikunova, M. Müller, T. Oelze, Y. Ovcharenko, M. Sauppe, S. Schorb, C. Bostedt, S. Düsterer, M. Harmand, H. Redlin, R. Treusch and T. Möller
New J. Phys., 18, 043017, (2016)
19 Femtosecond and nanometre visualization of structural dynamics in superheated nanoparticles
T. Gorkhover, S. Schorb,R. Coffee, M. Adolph, L. Foucar, D. Rupp, A. Aquila, J. D. Bozek, S. W. Epp, B. Erk, L. Gumprecht, L. Holmegaard, A. Hartmann, R. Hartmann, G. Hauser, P. Holl, A. Hömke, R. Johnsson, N. Kimmel, K-U. Kühnel, M. Messerschmidt, C. Reich, A. Rouzée, B. Rudek, C. Schmidt, J. Schulz, H. Soltau, S. Stern, G. Weidenspointner, B. White, J. Küpper, L. Strüder, I. Schlichting, J. Ullrich, D. Rolles, A. Rudenko, T. Möller and C. Bostedt
Nature photonics, 10, 93-97, (2016)
18 Ionization dynamics of Xe nanoplasma formation studied with XUV fluorescence spectroscopy
A. Przystawik, L. Schroedter, M. Müller, M. Adolph, C. Bostedt, L. Flückiger, T. Gorkhover, A. Kickermann, M. Krikunova, L. Nösel, T. Oelze, Y. Ovcharenko, D. Rupp, M. Sauppe, S. Schorb, S. Usenko, T. Möller and T. Laarmann
J. Phys. B: at. Mol. Opt. Phys. 48, 184002, (2015)
17 Ionization dynamics of XUV excited clusters: the role of inelastic electron collisions
M. Müller, L. Schroedter, T. Oelze, L. Nösel, A. Przystawik, A. Kickermann, M. Adolph, T. Gorkhover, L. Flückiger, M. Krikunova, M. Sauppe, Y. Ovcharenko, S. Schorb, C. Bostedt, D. Rupp, T. Laarmann and T. Möller
J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 48, 174002, (2015)
16 The 3D-architecture of individual free ​silver nanoparticles captured by X-ray scattering
I. Barke, H. Hartmann, D. Rupp, L. Flückiger, M. Sauppe, M. Adolph, S. Schorb, C. Bostedt, R. Treusch, C. Peltz, S. Bartling, T. Fennel, K-H. Meiwes-Broer, T. Möller
Nat. commun. 6, 6187, (2015)
15 Generation and structure of extremely large clusters in pulsed jets,
D. Rupp, M. Adolph, L. Flückiger, T. Gorkhover, M. Müller, M. Sauppe, D. Wolter, S. Schorb, R. Treusch, C. Bostedt, and T. Möller
J. Chem. Phys. 141, 044306 (2014)
14 Hidden Charge States in Soft-X-Ray Laser-Produced Nanoplasmas Revealed by Fluorescence Spectroscopy,
L. Schroedter, M. Müller, A. Kickermann, A. Przystawik, S. Toleikis, M. Adolph, L. Flückiger, T. Gorkhover, L. Nösel, M. Krikunova, T. Oelze, Y. Ovcharenko, D. Rupp, M. Sauppe, D. Wolter, S. Schorb, C. Bostedt, T. Möller, and T. Laarmann,
Physical Review Letters 112, 183401 (2014)
13 Ultra-efficient ionization of heavy atoms by intense X-ray free-electron laser pulses,
B. Rudek, S.-K. Son, L. Foucar, S. Epp, B. Erk, R. Hartmann, M. Adolph, R. Andritschke, A. Aquila, N. Berrah, C. Bostedt, J. Bozek, N. Coppola, H. Gorke, T. Gorkhover, H. Graafsma, L. Gumprecht, A. Hartmann, G. Hauser, S. Herrmann, H. Hirsemann, P. Holl, A. Hömke, L. Journel, C. Kaiser, N. Kimmel, F. Krasniqi, K.-U. Kühnel, M. Matysek, M. Messerschmidt, D. Miesner, T. Möller, R. Moshammer, K. Nagaya, B. Nilsson, G. Potdevin, D. Pietschner, C. Reich, D. Rupp, G. Schaller, I. Schlichting, C. Schmidt, F. Schopper, S. Schorb, C.-D. Schröter, J. Schulz, M. Simon, H. Soltau, L. Strüder, K. Ueda, G. Weidenspointner, R. Santra, J. Ullrich, A. Rudenko, and D. Rolles,
Nature Phot. 6, 264 (2012)
12 Explosion, ion acceleration, and molecular fragmentation of methane clusters in the pulsed beam of a free-electron laser,
B. Ivan, J. Andreasson, M. Bergh, S. Schorb, H. Thomas, D. Rupp, T. Gorkhover, M. Adolph, T. Möller, C. Bostedt, J. Hajdu, and N. Tîmneanu
PRA 86, 033201 (2012)
11 Nanoplasma Dynamics of Single Large Xenon Clusters Irradiated with Superintense X-Ray Pulses from the Linac Coherent Light Source Free-Electron Laser,
T. Gorkhover, M. Adolph, D. Rupp, S. Schorb, S. Epp, B. Erk, L. Foucar, R. Hartmann, N. Kimmel, K.-U. Kühnel, D. Rolles, B. Rudek, A. Rudenko, R. Andritschke, A. Aquila, J. Bozek, N. Coppola, T. Erke, F. Filsinger, H. Gorke, H. Graafsma, L. Gumprecht, G. Hauser, S. Herrmann, H. Hirsemann, A. Hömke, P. Holl, C. Kaiser, F. Krasniqi, J.-H. Meyer, M. Matysek, M. Messerschmidt, D. Miessner, B. Nilsson, D. Pietschner, G. Potdevin, C. Reich, G. Schaller, C. Schmidt, F. Schopper, C. D. Schröter, J. Schulz, H. Soltau, G. Weidenspointner, I. Schlichting, L. Strüder, J. Ullrich, T. Möller, and C. Bostedt,
PRL 108, 245005 (2012)
10 Size-Dependent Ultrafast Ionization Dynamics of Nanoscale Samples in Intense Femtosecond X-Ray Free-Electron- Laser Pulses,
S. Schorb, D. Rupp, M. Swiggers, R. Coffee, M. Messerschmidt, G. Williams, J. Bozek, S.-I. Wada, O. Kornilov, T. Möller, and C. Bostedt
PRL 108, 233401 (2012)
9 Ionization dynamics in expanding clusters studied by XUV pump-probe spectroscopy,
M. Krikunova, M. Adolph, T. Gorkhover, D. Rupp, S. Schorb, C. Bostedt, S. Roling, B. Siemer, R. Mitzner, H. Zacharias, and T. Möller
J. Phys. B. 45, 105101 (2012)
8 Explosions of Xenon Clusters in Ultraintense Femtosecond X-Ray Pulses from the LCLS Free Electron Laser,
H. Thomas, A. Helal, K. Hoffmann, N. Kandadai, J. Keto, J. Andreasson, B. Iwan, M. Seibert, N. Timneanu, J. Hajdu, M. Adolph, T. Gorkhover, D. Rupp, S. Schorb, T. Möller, G. Doumy, L. F. DiMauro, M. Hoener, B. Murphy, N. Berrah, M. Messerschmidt, J. Bozek, C. Bostedt, and T. Ditmire
PRL 108, 133401 (2012)
7 Identification of twinned gas phase clusters by single-shot scattering with intense soft x-ray pulses
D. Rupp, M. Adolph, T. Gorkhover, S. Schorb, D. Wolter, R. Hartmann, N. Kimmel, C. Reich, T. Feigl, A.R.B. de Castro, R. Treusch, L. Strüder, T. Möller, and C. Bostedt,
New Journal of Physics 14, 055016 (2012)
6 X-ray pulse preserving single-shot optical cross-correlation method for improved experimental temporal resolution,
M. Beye, O. Krupin, G. Hays, A. H. Reid, D. Rupp, S. de Jong, S. Lee, W.-S. Lee, Y.-D. Chuang, R. Coffee, J. P. Cryan, J. M. Glownia, A. Föhlisch, M. R. Holmes, A. R. Fry, W. White, C. Bostedt, A. Scherz, H. Durr, and W. Schlotte,
Applied Physics Letters 100, 121108 (2012)
5 Ultrafast X-Ray Scattering of Xenon Nanoparticles: Imaging Transient States of Matter,
C. Bostedt, E. Eremina, D. Rupp, M. Adolph, H. Thomas, M. Hoener, A. R. B. de Castro, J. Tiggesbäumker, K-H. Meiwes-Broer, T. Laarmann, H. Wabnitz, E. Plönjes, R. Treusch, J. R. Schneider, and T. Möller,
PRL 108, 093401 (2012)
4 Single mimivirus particles intercepted and imaged with an X-ray laser,
M. M. Seibert, T. Ekeberg, F. R. N. C. Maia, M. Svenda, J. Andreasson, O. Jönsson, D. Odić, B. Iwan, A. Rocker, D. Westphal, M. Hantke, D. P. DePonte, A. Barty, J. Schulz, L. Gumprecht, N. Coppola, A. Aquila, M. Liang, T. A. White, A. Martin, C. Caleman, S. Stern, C. Abergel, V. Seltzer, J-M. Claverie, C. Bostedt, J. D. Bozek, S. Boutet, A. A. Miahnahri, M. Messerschmidt, J. Krzywinski, G. Williams, K. O. Hodgson, M. J. Bogan, C. Y. Hampton, R. G. Sierra, D. Starodub, I. Andersson, S. Bajt, M. Barthelmess, J. C. H. Spence, P. Fromme, U. Weierstall, R. Kirian, M. Hunter, R. B. Doak, S. Marchesini, S. P. Hau-Riege, M. Frank, R. L. Shoeman, L. Lomb, S. W. Epp, R. Hartmann, D. Rolles, A. Rudenko, C. Schmidt, L. Foucar, N. Kimmel, P. Holl, B. Rudek, B. Erk, A. Hömke, C. Reich, D. Pietschner, G. Weidenspointner, L. Strüder, G. Hauser, H. Gorke, J. Ullrich, I. Schlichting, S. Herrmann, G. Schaller, F. Schopper, H. Soltau, K-U. Kühnel, R. Andritschke, C-D. Schröter, F. Krasniqi, M. Bott, S. Schorb, D. Rupp, M. Adolph, T. Gorkhover, H. Hirsemann, G. Potdevin, H. Graafsma, B. Nilsson, H. N. Chapman & J. Hajdu,
Nature 470, 78–81 (2011)
3 Femtosecond X-ray protein nanocrystallography,
H. N. Chapman, P. Fromme, A. Barty, T. A. White, R. A. Kirian, A. Aquila, M. S. Hunter, J. Schulz, D. P. DePonte, U. Weierstall, R. B. Doak, F. R. N. C. Maia, A. V. Martin, I. Schlichting, L. Lomb, N. Coppola, R. L. Shoeman, S. W. Epp, R. Hartmann, D. Rolles, A. Rudenko, L. Foucar, N. Kimmel, G. Weidenspointner, P. Holl, M. Liang, M. Barthelmess, C. Caleman, S. Boutet, M. J. Bogan, J. Krzywinski, C. Bostedt, S. Bajt, L. Gumprecht, B. Rudek, B. Erk, C. Schmidt, A. Hömke, C. Reich, D. Pietschner, L. Strüder, G. Hauser, H. Gorke, J. Ullrich, S. Herrmann, G. Schaller, F. Schopper, H. Soltau, K-U. Kühnel, M. Messerschmidt, J. D. Bozek, S. P. Hau-Riege, M. Frank, C. Y. Hampton, R. G. Sierra, D. Starodub, G. J. Williams, J. Hajdu, N. Timneanu, M. M. Seibert, J. Andreasson, A. Rocker, O. Jönsson, M. Svenda, S. Stern, K. Nass, R. Andritschke, C-D. Schröter, F. Krasniqi, M. Bott, K. E. Schmidt, X. Wang, I. Grotjohann, J. M. Holton, T. R. M. Barends, R. Neutze, S. Marchesini, R. Fromme, S. Schorb, D. Rupp, M. Adolph, T. Gorkhover, I. Andersson, H. Hirsemann, G. Potdevin, H. Graafsma, B. Nilsson & J. C. H. Spence,
Nature 470, 73–77 (2011)
2 Clusters in intense FLASH pulses: ultrafast ionization dynamics and electron emission studied with spectroscopic and scattering techniques,
C. Bostedt, M. Adolph, E. Eremina, M. Hoener, D. Rupp, S. Schorb, H. Thomas, A. R. B. deCastro and T. Möller,
J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 43 (2010)
1 Large-format, high-speed, X-ray pnCCDs combined with electron and ion imaging spectrometers in a multipurpose chamber for experiments at 4th generation light sources,
L. Strüder, S. Epp, D. Rolles, R. Hartmann, P. Holl, G. Lutz, H. Soltau, R. Eckart, C. Reich, K. Heinzinger, C. Thamm, A. Rudenko, F. Krasniqi, K-U. Kühnel, C. Bauer, C-D. Schröter, R. Moshammer, S. Techert, D. Miessner, M. Porro, O. Hälker, N. Meidinger, N. Kimmel, R. Andritschke, F. Schopper, G. Weidenspointner, A. Ziegler, D. Pietschner, S. Herrmann, U. Pietsch, A. Walenta, W. Leitenberger, C. Bostedt, T. Möller, D. Rupp, M. Adolph, H. Graafsma, H. Hirsemann, K. Gärtner, R. Richter, L. Foucar, R. L. Shoeman, I. Schlichting and J. Ullrich,
Nucl. Inst. Meth. A 614 (2010)