State-resolved molecular-beam surface-scattering

In general, the field of surface dynamics is often guided by the following questions: How do molecules exchange energy with surfaces? What is the influence of single degrees of freedom on the energy transfer? How does the surface influence chemical reactivity? What is the effect of adsorbates on surface dynamics? In our research, we strive to answer these question by having as much molecular control as possible.

We design experimental set-ups such, that molecules can be controlled in the vicinity of the surface concerning velocity, vibration, rotation, and orientation. These studies allow for probing the influence of selected degrees of freedom on the surface dynamics and provide benchmark data to develop theoretical models.

Currently, three experimental set-ups are at our disposal. Information about the corresponding projects can be found at the right panel of this website.