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Cinchetti Group

Prof. Dr. Mirko Cinchetti

Prof. Dr. Mirko Cinchetti

Mail: mirko.cinchettitu-dortmundde

Tel.: +49 231 755 5438
Otto-Hahn-Straße 4, Room P1-02-112

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Picture of Professor Doctor Mirko Cinchetti. © Mirko Cinchetti ​/​ TU Dort­mund
Picture of Prof. Dr. Mirko Cinchetti.

Focus of work

The main goal of our group is to control the magnetic and electronic properities of solids on the shortest possible timescale. In particular, we use femtosecond laser pulses to achieve ultrafast control of the spin and charge degrees of freedom without energy dissipation i.e. by exploiting coherent ef­fects. The main experimental methods are:

  • time-resolved optical and magneto-optical spectroscopy
  • spin- and time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy

The main material systems under study are:

  • Spin-textured and magnetically ordered two-dimensional electronic systems: 2D semiconductors, 2D antiferromagnets, topological insulators, quantum wells, ...
  • Hybrid molecular interfaces with non-trivial spin properties (molecular spinterfaces).

Our re­search is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemein­schaft (DFG) and by the European Research Council (ERC).

Information for students

For in­for­mation on open positions for bachelor, master and PhD students please contact us!

Current courses (WiSe 20/21)

Current courses (WiSe 20/21):
Thuesday, 08.00 a.m. – 12.00 a.m.: Einführung in die Festkörperphysik

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Main re­search career achievements

My scientific education started at Università degli Studi di Pavia (Italy) and National Uni­ver­sity of Ireland Maynooth (Ireland) in the field of quantum in­for­mation and quantum computation theory, exploring the use of spin as a quantum mechanical two-level system to store and manipulate quantum in­for­mation. I then moved into the field of experimental solid-state physics and started a PhD at the Johannes Gutenberg Uni­ver­sity in Mainz (Germany), under the guidance of one of the world-leading experts in photoemission electron mi­cros­co­py: Prof. Gerd Schönhense. During the PhD I established photoemission electron mi­cros­co­py as a tool for the investigation of optical near fields, opening the way for the implementation of this experimental method in the field of plasmonics. In 2004, after my PhD, I moved to Uni­ver­sity od Kaiserslautern (Germany) for a Postdoctoral position in the group of Prof. Martin Aeschlimann, a world-leading expert in time-resolved photoemission methods with femtosecond time-resolution. Combining my previous experience on photoemission with the knowledge on time-resolved methods I moved in the novel field of femto-magnetism. In 2008 I received a permanent position (as an assistant professor, in German “akademischer Rat”) at the Uni­ver­sity of Kaiserslautern, where I also obtained my Habilitation in Experimental Physics in 2012.
During my Habilitation I have opened a new re­search direction in femtosecond magnetism - femtosecond molecular spintronics, and secured funding in different German and European funding schemes. In 2015 I was elected as German representative (MC member) for the COST Action CA15128: Molecular Spintronics (MOLSPIN). In October 2016 I was appointed as full professor (W3) at TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity.


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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Cam­pus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Cam­pus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Cam­pus Nord to Cam­pus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vo­gel­pothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Cam­pus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duis­burg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity. There are two stations on Cam­pus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Cam­pus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Cam­pus Nord and offers a direct connection to Cam­pus Süd every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity are spread over two campuses, the larger Cam­pus North and the smaller Cam­pus South. Additionally, some areas of the uni­ver­si­ty are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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The facilities of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity are spread over two campuses, the larger Cam­pus North and the smaller Cam­pus South. Additionally, some areas of the uni­ver­si­ty are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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