Dr. Kirsten Andrea Schnorr

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Scientist at Maloja endstation

Paul Scherrer Institut
Forschungsstrasse 111
5232 Villigen PSI

Kirsten Schnorr received her PhD in physics in 2014 from Ruprecht Karl University Heidelberg on XUV Pump-Probe Experiments on Electron Rearrangement and Interatomic Coulombic Decay in Diatomic Molecules under PD Dr .Robert Moshammer at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics. In 2015 she was awarded a Peter Paul Ewald Fellowship from the Volkswagen Foundation for studying non-linear relaxation processes in real time, which she carried out in the Physical Chemistry Department at University of California Berkeley in the group of Prof. Dr. Stephen Leone.

    Since 2018, Kirsten has joined the SwissFEL team to work on a new endstation for atomic, molecular and non-linear physics, the Maloja instrument. She was responsible for designing, building and bringing the endstation into operation.

    Kirsten is interested in atomic, molecular and nonlinear science with XUV and X-ray radiation. Specifically, she studies photo-induced ultrafast relaxation mechanisms in atoms, molecules and nanoparticles by performing time-resolved experiments at Free-Electron Lasers and High Harmonic Generation sources. One of her main research interests is to understand and steer non-local relaxation processes, like Interatomic Coulombic Decay and Electron Mediated Decay, by exploiting the multi color pump-probe schemes with ultrashort X-ray pulses. 

    For an extensive overview we kindly refer you to one of the following publication repositories Google Scholar, ORCID and DORA.


    • Meister S, Lindenblatt H, Trost F, Schnorr K, Augustin S, Braune M, et al.
      Atomic, molecular and cluster science with the reaction microscope endstation at FLASH2
      Applied Sciences. 2020; 10(8): 2953 (11 pp.). https://doi.org/10.3390/APP10082953
      DORA PSI
    • Abela R, Alarcon A, Alex J, Arrell C, Arsov V, Bettoni S, et al.
      The SwissFEL soft X-ray free-electron laser beamline: Athos
      Journal of Synchrotron Radiation. 2019; 26(4): 1073-1084. https://doi.org/10.1107/S1600577519003928
      DORA PSI
    • Ganter R, Aeppli G, Alex J, Al Haddad A, Arrell C, Arsov V, et al.
      Status of Athos, the soft X-ray FEL line of SwissFEL
      In: Decking W, Sinn H, Geloni G, Schreiber S, Marx M, Schaa VRW, eds. 39th international free-electron laser conference. FEL2019. Proceedings. Vol. 39. Free electron laser conference. Geneva: JACoW Publishing; 2019:753-756. https://doi.org/10.18429/JACoW-FEL2019-THP085
      DORA PSI
    • Schmid G, Schnorr K, Augustin S, Meister S, Lindenblatt H, Trost F, et al.
      Reaction microscope endstation at FLASH2
      Journal of Synchrotron Radiation. 2019; 26(3): 854-867. https://doi.org/10.1107/S1600577519002236
      DORA PSI
    • Schmid G, Schnorr K, Augustin S, Meister S, Lindenblatt H, Trost F, et al.
      Terahertz-field-induced time shifts in atomic photoemission
      Physical Review Letters. 2019; 122(7): 073001 (6 pp.). https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.073001
      DORA PSI
    • Schmid G, Schnorr K, Augustin S, Meister S, Lindenblatt H, Trost F, et al.
      Tracing charge transfer in argon dimers by XUV-pump IR-probe experiments at FLASH
      Journal of Chemical Physics. 2019; 151(8): 084314 (8 pp.). https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5116234
      DORA PSI
    • Bhattacherjee A, Schnorr K, Oesterling S, Yang Z, Xue T, de Vivie-Riedle R, et al.
      Photoinduced heterocyclic ring opening of furfural: distinct open-chain product identification by ultrafast X-ray transient absorption spectroscopy
      Journal of the American Chemical Society. 2018; 140(39): 12538-12544. https://doi.org/10.1021/jacs.8b07155
      DORA PSI