Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences - Physics of low-dimensional systems

News archive


  • December 19, 2022: Our team celebrates the Christmas dinner and cheers for the year to come. Happy holidays!




  • December 15, 2022: New publication Raman spectroscopy of isolated carbyne chains confined in carbon nanotubes: Progress and Prospects has been published in Chinese Physics B. This Review is part of a special topic: The Third Carbon: Carbyne with One-Dimensional sp-Carbon edited by our collaborator Prof. Lei Shi from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangdong, China. In this review we focus on open questions in the research of confined carbyne, long linear chains of carbon inside carbon nanotubes, and how these questions can be addressed by studying single, isolated confined carbyne chains. 




  • December 12, 2022: New publication Strain control of hybridization between dark and localized excitons in a 2D semiconductor has been published in Nature Communications. In this collaboration with FU Berlin and TU Wien, we electrically apply strain on a 2D semiconducting membrane of monolayer WSe2 to bring dark and localized excitons into resonance, prompting a new hybrid state that inherits the properties of the constituent species.




  • November 17, 2022: Our colleague and friend, Prof. Carlo S. Casari from the Micro- and Nanostructured Materials Laboratory of the Politecnico di Milano visit us. Prof. Casari gives a seminar entitled From Carbon atomic wires to 2D structures beyond graphene.




  • November 11, 2022: Giorgia and Pablo participate in the Adlershofer Forchungsforum 2022 with two posters on Surface Sensitive Raman Scattering with Au membranes and Strain control of hybridization of excitons in WSe2. Thanks to everyone who passed by for the interest and fruitful discussions!




  • November 8, 2022: Our colleague and friend, Nano-Optics expert Prof. Lukas Novotny from ETH Züricvisit us. Prof. Novotny holds a colloquium on Low-Dimensional Optoelectronics at the Main Lecture Hall of the Institut.


  • October 17, 2022: Johannes and Pablo participate in the first in person meeting of the Graduate School Advanced Materials (GS-AM) after the pandemic. They are very excited to establish personal and professional bonds with other PhD candidates in Berlin. You can also join the GS-AM here.


  • October 10, 2022: Sebastian gives a talk presenting our research on carbyne at the Magnus-Haus Berlin to a broad audience including many students as a part of the Physics & Pizza format organized by the AGyouLeaP of the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft



  • September 2, 2022: Welcome Pietro! Pietro Marabotti from the Casari group at Politecnico Milano joins us as a visiting PhD student until the end of 2022 to work on polyynes and confined carbyne.




  • July 25, 2022: New manuscript entitled Strain control of hybridization between dark and localized excitons in a 2D semiconductor on ArXiv. In this work we controllably strain monolayer WSe2 membranes at cryogenic temperatures to tune the energy alignment between excitonic species. In this way we bring free dark excitons and localized defect-related excitons together to form a hybridized state that dominates the photoluminiscence response of the material and from which single photon emission likely takes place. Fruitful collaboration with the group Kirill Bolotin at Freie Universität Berlin and the group of Florian Libisch at TU Wien.


  • July 14, 2022: Pablo is awarded the Physik-Studienpreis 2022 by the Physikalische Gesellschaft zu Berlin for his master's degree in Physics at FU Berlin. Congratulations!  




  • June 27, 2022: Sebastian gives a talk on "How to build a career in academia" at the Working in Photonics Conference in Berlin.


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  • June 17, 2022: Pablo presents the group and gives the talk "Strain engineering and hybridization of excitons in 2D semiconductors" at the Friday Light Talks in the main lecture hall of the Lise-Meitner-Haus. Afterwards we shared some beers and very interesting discussions with our colleagues.




  • June 15, 2022: Pablo was elected today along with our friend Laura Orphal-Kobin as representatives for IRIS junior scientists. They will represent the interests of PhD-students, postdocs and students at the IRIS council and they will also have the support of the IRIS administration to organize scientific and socializing events. Please contact them for any requests/suggestions!


  • June 3, 2022: We celebrate the joining of Lala and Giorgia to our group and the visit of our collaborator Dr. Roman Wyss to kick-start MetaMem project with a barbecue in front of the Institut. 


  • June 1, 2022: Welcome, Lala and Giorgia! Lala Habibova and Giorga Marcelli join our group as new team members. Lala and Giorga participate in the AdMaLab program by the Innovation Network for Advanced Materials, a Berlin-based incubator program to promote researchers and young startups that aim to find commercial use for new and advanced materials. Within Team MetaMem, Lala and Giorgia aim to use porous Au membranes for SERS based flow-through sensing and to reveal new material properties. They will be mentored by Sebastian and our collaborator Dr. Roman Wyss from Zürich, Switzerland.


  • March 31, 2022: New publication Freestanding and Permeable Nanoporous Gold Membranes for Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering has been published in ACS Materials & Interfaces. In this joint work between HU Berlin, IBM Research Rüschlikon and the Photonics Lab at ETH Zürich, we use graphene to show that single nanoscale pores in suspended and mechanically stable porous gold membranes support plasmon-enhanced Raman scattering with enhancements of the order 10^5 at high excitation powers.




  • March 18, 2022: We are happy to announce that we received funding by the Akademischer Senat der Humboldt Universität Berlin within an initiative to foster digital media in research and teaching. We will integrate modern optical experiments located in our labs into teaching by performing them live per remote control from the lecture hall – exciting!



  • December 8, 2021: We are happy to announce that the PLD group joins IRIS Adlershof as a Junior Member.



  • October 27, 2021: The PLD group takes part in an open seminar about Milestones of Quantum technology with participants from around the world where we discuss important papers for Quantum Technology. Get in touch by email if you want join, Wednesdays 16.15 to 17.45.


  • October 5, 2021: Sebastian gives a talk at the Integrative Reseach Institute for Science (IRIS) of Berlin on Exploring Confined Carbyne.



  • October 3, 2021: Welcome to Berlin, Gétulio! Gétulio Silva e Souza Júnior from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro in Brazil joins our group as a project student.


  • October 1, 2021: Welcome Johannes! Johannes Lechner from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich joins our group as a PhD student.





  • May 1, 2021: Welcome Pablo! Pablo Hernández López from the Freie Universität Berlin joins our group as a PhD student.


  • March 17, 2021: Sebastian takes part in the HU Optics Spring Meeting 2021 with his talk Exploring confined carbyne.


  • March 1, 2021: Our group is born! Dr. Sebastian Heeg joins the Institut für Physik of the Humboldt University as the leader of the Emmy-Noether-Group PLD (Physics of Low Dimensional systems) with the project Carbyne for Optoelectronics and Optomechanics.