The department uses neutron and X-ray diffraction and spectroscopy as well as optical spectroscopy and Raman scattering to explore the structure and dynamics of materials with strong electron correlations. We also have a strong effort in the development of new spectroscopic methods. As the close collaboration between experimentalists and theorists is essential for the progress in this field, a small theory group operates within the department.
Prof. Ali Yazdani (Princeton University) was awarded a Research Prize by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and will be visiting our department in 2015. The Humboldt Foundation also awarded a postdoctoral fellowship to Matteo Minola, now member of the inelastic photon scattering group.