Department of Physical Chemistry: 

Time-resolved SHG Spectroscopy Group

Alexey Melnikov
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Dr. Alexey Melnikov

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Department of Physical Chemistry
Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society 
Faradayweg 4-6
14195 Berlin
 Germany
room:  G 0.06
phone:  +49 30 8413-5113 (office)
                +49 176 31137871 (mobile)
fax:  +49 30 8413-5106
 

  Curriculum vitæ
Education 
1998PhD.(Laser physics)
doctoral thesis:
Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia,
“Second harmonic generation and hyper-Rayleigh scattering of light in thin films and interfaces”
1995MS (Physics)
masters thesis:
Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia
“Investigation of nonlinear-optical properties of silver and porous silicon by means of reflected second harmonic generation”
Academic Positions 
since 2011Research Group leader Time-resolved SHG Spectroscopy Group,
Department of Physical Chemistry of the Fritz Haber Institute
2001 – 2010Research Associate in the group of Prof. Martin Wolf,
Department of Physics, Freie Universität Berlin
1998 – 2001Research Assistant International Laser Center of Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia
 
Visiting Positions 
Jul.-Sep. 2000Visiting Researcher Department of Physics, Freie Universität Berlin,
Advisor: Prof. E. Matthias
Oct.-Nov. 1999Visiting Researcher Solid State Division, Faculty of Natural Sciencse, Katholieke Universiteit (since 2004 Radboud Universiteit) Nijmegen, the Netherlands,
Advisor: Prof. Th. Rasing,
Jun.-Sep. 1996Visiting Researcher Advisor: Prof. Th. Rasing,
Solid State Division, Faculty of Natural Sciencse, Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen, the Netherlands
Honours, Awards, and Grants 
2000 DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Short-term Research Fellowship
1998 Medal of the Russian Academy of Science in physics for young researchers
1997 Special PhD students’ grant from President of Russia B. Eltsin
1996 Winner of the “Integration” center prize for young researchers
1996 Special PhD students’ grant from the Government of Russia
1996/1997/1998 Soros PhD student, International Soros Science Education Program
1995 Soros student, International Soros Science Education Program
Professional Experience 
since 2013 principal investigator in DFG project ME 3570/1-3 (extension of ME 3570/1-1)
2009 – 2012 principal investigator in the project ME 3570/1-1 Ballistic electron-driven magnetization dynamics induced by femtosecond laser excitation, funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG)
2012 – 2013 investigator in the EU 7th framework program project CRONOS (Time dynamics and ContROl in naNOStructures for magnetic recording and energy applications, [NMP.2011.2.1-2] Modelling of ultrafast dynamics in materials)
2004 – 2008 investigator in the project BO 1823/1 Magnetization Dynamics of Ferromagnetic Rare Earth Metals induced by Femtosecond Laser Excitation, funded by the priority program 1133 of the DFG
2001 – 2004 investigator in a project on Femtosecond time-resolved electron and spin dynamics in thin metal films within the collaborative research center Sonderforschungsbereich (Sfb) 290 of the DFG
2000 principal investigator in the project Second harmonic generation studies of ultrafast electron and spin dynamics of ferromagnetic materials and nonlinear interferometric microscopy of ferroelectric domain structure, funded by DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Short-term Research Fellowship Program
1997 – 1999 investigator in the project 97-02-17923a Quadratic nonlinear-optical effects in non-uniform and hyrotropic solid-state structures, funded by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR)
1997 – 1999 investigator in the project 97-02-17919a Nonlinear optics of nanostructures, semiconductor surfaces and low-dimensional systems, funded by RFBR
1995 – 1998 investigator in the project 95-0722 Nonlinear-optical studies of structural and dynamic properties of thin ferroelectric ceramic films, funded by INTAS-RFBR
1995 – 1998 investigator in the project 95-016-71175 Nonlinear optics of nanostructures, funded by INTAS-RFBR
1995 – 1996 investigator in the project 95-02-05893a Nonlinear optics of nanostructures and low-dimensional systems, funded by RFBR
Teaching Experience 
since 2011 Co-supervising of PhD student A. Alekhin, Tentative thesis title: Ultrafast spin dynamics induced by superdiffusive transport of laser-excited spin-polarized hot carriers in metallic multilayers
2007 – 2011 Co-supervising of PhD student M. Sultan, Thesis title: Ultrafast Magnetization Dynamics of Lanthanide Metals and Alloys
2009 – 2010 Second half of Winter Semester, lectures on
Introduction into Solid State Physics
2008 – 2009 Second half of Winter Semester, lectures on
Introduction into Solid State Physics
2007 – 2008 Summer and Winter Semesters, teaching Advanced Laboratory in
Pulsed Laser Spectroscopy of Na Atoms
2002 – 2006 Co-supervising of PhD student I.E. Radu, Thesis title: Ultrafast Electron, Lattice and Spin Dynamics on Rare-Earth Metal Surfaces Investigated with Linear and Nonlinear Optical Techniques
2004 – 2005 Winter Semester, teaching recitation in the Solid State Physics course
2003 – 2004 Winter Semester, teaching General Physics Laboratory (optics)
1995 – 2000 Supervising undergraduate students, co-supervising master students

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Specialization 
1. Main areas of expertise 
Nonlinear (magneto-) optics, magneto-optics;
Time-resolved (nonlinear-) optical techniques;
Solid state physics;
Surface science and physics of nanostructures.
2. Other research fields 
Laser physics;
Laser spectroscopy;
Photoemission spectroscopy;
Time-resolved laser pump-synchrotron probe photoemission spectroscopy;
Time-resolved VUV free electron laser pump-laser probe experiments.
3. Current Research Interests 
Experimental nonlinear optics of surfaces, buried interfaces, and nanostructures;
(Nonlinear) magneto-optics in thin magnetic films and nanostructures;
Superdiffusive transport of laser-excited spin-polarized hot carriers in metallic multi-layers;
Ultrafast electron, lattice and spin dynamics in ferromagnetic metals;
Coherent optical phonons and magnons in rare-earth metals;
DC-electric-field induced second harmonic generation in nanostructures;
Nonlinear optics and phase transitions in crystals, thin solid films and nanostructures;
Hyper-Rayleigh scattering in thin inhomogeneous films and nanostructures;
Surface-enhanced second harmonic generation;
In situ second harmonic generation diagnostics of surfaces and interfaces.
 
List of Publications
See on the Publications page.
 
List of Invited Talks 
1. “Recent advances in the ultrafast dynamics of lanthanide surfaces”,
 Fachbereich Physik, Universität Hamburg, Hamburg, 2007.
2. “On the nature of laser-induced ultrafast coherent lattice and spin dynamics at surfaces of rare-earth metals”,
 International Symposium Spin Waves 2007, St. Petersburg, 2007.
3. “Laser-induced ultrafast dynamics at surfaces of rare-earth metals investigated by nonlinear magneto-optics”,
 Congress Laser Optics Berlin 2008, Berlin, 2008.
4. “Ultrafast dynamics in Lanthanides: interaction of the charge, lattice, and spin subsystems”,
 Moscow International Symposium on Magnetism 2008, Moscow, 2008.
5. “Non-equilibrium surface and bulk spin-dynamics at Gd(0001)”,
 Ultrafast Surface Dynamics 6, Kloster Banz, Bad Staffelstein, Germany, 2008.
6. “Non-equilibrium dynamics in Lanthanides: interaction of the charge, lattice, and spin subsystems”,
 BESSY (Berliner Elektronen-Speicherring Gesellschaft für Synchrotronstrahlung), Berlin, 2008.
7. “Non-equilibrium dynamics in Lanthanides: interaction of the charge, lattice, and spin subsystems”,
 Radboud University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 2008.
8. “Ultrafast dynamics at surfaces of Lanthanides: interaction of the charge, lattice, and spin subsystems”,
 Max Born Institute, Berlin, 2008.
9. “Non-equilibrium dynamics in Lanthanides: interaction of the charge, lattice, and spin subsystems”,
 DESY (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron), Hamburg, 2008.
10. “Femtosecond spin dynamics induced by ballistic transport of spin polarized carriers in Au/Fe/MgO(001)”,
 Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, 2008.
11. “On the nature of ultrafast demagnetization in Gd”,
 International Symposium “Spin Waves 2009”, St. Petersburg, 2009.
12. “Ultrafast spin dynamics at interfaces: interaction of the charge, lattice, and spin subsystems in lanthanides”,
 Faculty of Physics, University of Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg, November 2009.
13. “Ultrafast spin dynamics in Au/Fe/MgO(001) epitaxial structures: spin transport by laser-induced hot carriers and demagnetization on a femtosecond timescale”,
 Winter School on Ultrafast Processes in Condensed Matter WUPCOM 11, Reit im Winkl (Traunstein, Bavaria), February 2011.
14. “Experimental approach for investigation of spin dynamics excited by femtosecond pulse of spin-polarized hot carriers”,
 International workshop on Elementary Processes in Solids and at Interfaces ElePSI, Kloster Banz, Bad Staffelstein (Bavaria), May 2011.
15. “Ultrafast Transport of Laser-Excited Spin-Polarized Carriers in Metallic Multilayers”,
 2012 March Meeting of the American Physical Society, Boston (MA), March 2012.
16. “Ultrafast spin dynamics induced by superdiffusive transport of laser-excited spin-polarized hot carriers in metallic multilayers”,
 AG Weinelt, Fachbereich Physik, Freie Universität Berlin, May 2012.
17. “Time-resolved non-linear magneto-optics as a tool to study spatially non-uniform non-local ultrafast spin dynamics in metallic multilayers”,
 Winter School on Ultrafast Processes in Condensed Matter WUPCOM 13, Reit im Winkl, (Traunstein, Bavaria), February 2013
18. “Ultrafast spin dynamics induced by laser-generated spin currents in metallic multilayers probed by non-linear magneto-optics”,
 DPG (Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft) spring meeting, Regensburg (Bavaria), March 2013.
19. “Ultrafast spin dynamics induced by laser-generated spin currents in metallic multilayers and probed by non-linear magneto-optics”,
 AG Aeschlimann, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern (Rheinland-Pfalz), April 2013.
20. “Ultrafast non-local spin dynamics induced by hot carrier transport in metallic multilayers and probed by (non-linear) magneto-optics”,
 AG Müzenberg, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (Niedersachsen), June 2013.
21. “Time-resolved non-linear magneto-optics as a tool to study spatially non-uniform non-local ultrafast spin dynamics in metallic multilayers”,
 21st International Conference on Advanced Laser Technologies (ALT’13), Budva, Montenegro, September 2013.
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