The research program focusses on light-matter interaction in a variety of systems with an emphasis on optically induced non-linear effects and the observation and control of fast and ultrafast dynamics. Such investigations allow to access microscopic interactions and structures which govern the physical properties of atoms, molecules, plasma, liquids and solids as well as the surfaces of the latter. In this context, laser systems are both the primary tools for research as well as a objects of investigation in themselves.
MBI is organized in three divisions, headed by directors with joint appointments at one of the Berlin universities. The divisions and their areas of competence are Attosecond Science (Div. A), Transient Electronic Structure and Nanoscience (Div. B), and Nonlinear Processes in Condensed Matter (Div. C). Experiments are complemented by theoretical description and simulation of light-matter interaction. The research program bundles the different expertise for joint research projects.
MBI is involved in a large number of cooperative research projects with universities, other research institutions and industrial partners on a national and international scale. It offers its facilities and its scientific know-how also to external researchers within the framework of an active guest program.