Prof. Dr. Frithjof Nolting

Head of Laboratory for Condensed Matter (LSC)

Paul Scherrer Institut
Forschungsstrasse 111
5232 Villigen PSI

Frithjof Nolting received his Diploma in Physics at the University of Braunschweig in 1994, studying heavy fermion systems at low temperatures and high pressures, and his PhD in Physics at the University of Zürich in 1998, determining the gravitational constant supervised by Prof. Walter Kündig. In 1999 he started his work on magnetism at the nanoscale joining the group of Prof. Joachim Stöhr, Stanford University, and worked at the Advanced Light Source (ALS), Berkeley, and the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL). In 2001 he started working at the Swiss Light Source (SLS) and became in 2006 the group leader of the Microscopy and Magnetism group. In 2009 he was promoted to be a Titularprofessor at the University of Basel and since 2013 he is the head of the Laboratory for Condensed Matter in the Photon Science Division.
  • magnetic heterostructures, patterned materials and nanoparticles
  • artificial multiferroics
  • Opto-magnetism
  • interface coupling
  • magnetization dynamics
  • interaction of magnetic materials with femtosecond laser pulses
  • soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy and microscopy
  • synchrotron instrumentation
  • Ph.D. in Experimental Physics, University of Zurich, Switzerland, October 1998, “Determination of the Gravitational Constant by means of a Beam Balance - Design, Construction and First Results”, supervisor Prof. W. Kündig.
  • Diploma in Physics, Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany, June 1994, “High pressure investigation of the stability of magnetic ordering of CePd2Al3”, supervisor Prof. A. Eichler.
  • Abitur, Wilhelm Raabe Schule, Lüneburg , Germany , April 1988.
Current position
  • 2013 - present: Head of Laboratory for Synchrotron Radiation – Condensed Matter (LSC)
  • 2009 – present: Titularprofessor of Nanoscience, PSI Professorship at the University of Basel
Research Positions
  • 2006 – 2012: Group leader "Microscopy and Magnetism", Swiss Light Source, Villigen PSI, Switzerland
  • 2001 – 2012: Beamline scientist at the Swiss Light Source, Villigen PSI, Switzerland
  • 2000 – 2001: Postdoctoral Research Associate with Joachim Stöhr, Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL) and Visiting Scientist at the Experimental Systems Group of the Advanced Light Source (ALS), USA.
  • 1999 – 2000: Grant from the Swiss National Science foundation, working at the ALS, Berkeley , USA , with Joachim Stöhr ( IBM Almaden Research Center ).
Selected publications, for a full list see FNolting_pub_2017.pdf Researcher ID: J-4820-2017, ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5679-5370
  • Single-shot Monitoring of Ultrafast Processes via X-ray Streaking at a Free Electron Laser, Michele Buzzi, Mikako Makita, Ludovic Howald, Armin Kleibert, Boris Vodungbo, Pablo Maldonado, Jörg Raabe, Nicolas Jaouen, Harald Redlin, Kai Tiedtke, Peter M. Oppeneer, Christian David, Frithjof Nolting, and Jan Lüning, Scientific Reports 7, 7253 (2017).
  • Nanoscale sub-100 picosecond all-optical magnetization switching in GdFeCo microstructures, L. Le Guyader, M. Savoini, S.E. Moussaoui, M. Buzzi, A. Tsukamoto, A. Itoh, A. Kirilyuk, T. Rasing, A.V. Kimel, and F. Nolting, Nat. Commun. 6, 5839 (2015).
  • Direct Observation of Magnetic Metastability in Individual Iron Nanoparticles, A. Balan, P. M. Derlet, A. Fraile Rodríguez, J. Bansmann, R. Yanes, U. Nowak, A. Kleibert, and F. Nolting, Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 107201 (2014).
  • Single domain spin manipulation by electric fields in strain coupled artificial multiferroic nanostructures, M. Buzzi, R. V. Chopdekar, J. L. Hockel, A. Bur, T. Wu, N. Pilet, P. Warnicke, G. P. Carman, L. J. Heyderman, and F. Nolting, Phys Rev. Lett. 111, 027204 (2013).
  • Magnetische Nanowelt, A. Kleibert und F. Nolting, Physik-Journal 6, 27 (2013).
  • Exploring hyper-cubic energy landscapes in thermally active finite artificial spin-ice systems, A. Farhan, P. M. Derlet, A. Kleibert, A. Balan, R. V. Chopdekar, M. Wyss, L. Anghinolfi, F. Nolting, and L. J. Heyderman, Nat. Phys. 9, 375 (2013).
  • X-Treme beamline at SLS: a beamline for x-ray magnetic circular and linear dichroism at high field and low temperature, Cinthia Piamonteze, Uwe Flechsig, Stefano Rusponi, Jan Dreiser, Jakoba Heidler, Marcus Schmidt, RetoWetter, Marco Calvi, Thomas Schmidt, Helena Pruchova, Juraj Krempasky, Christoph Quitmann, Harald Brune and Frithjof Nolting, J. Synchrotron Rad. 19, 661 (2012).
  • Ultrafast Heating as a Sufficient Stimulus for Magnetization Reversal in a Ferrimagnet, T. A. Ostler, J. Barker, R. F. L. Evans, R. Chantrell, U. Atxitia, O. Chubykalo-Fesenko, S. El Moussaoui, L. Le Guyader, E. Mengotti, L. J. Heyderman, F. Nolting, A. Tsukamoto, A. Itoh, D. Afanasiev, B. A. Ivanov, A. M. Kalashnikova, K. Vahaplar, J. Mentink, A. Kirilyuk,Th. Rasing and A. V. Kimel, Nat. Commun. 3, 666 (2012).
  • Real space observation of emergent magnetic monopoles and associated Dirac strings in artificial kagome spin ice, E. Mengotti, L. J. Heyderman, A. Fraile Rodríguez, F. Nolting, R.V. Hügli, and H. B. Braun, Nature Physics, Nature Physics 7, 68 (2011).
  • Size-Dependent Spin Structures in Iron Nanoparticles, A. Fraile Rodríguez, A. Kleibert, J. Bansmann, A. Voitkans, L. J. Heyderman, and F. Nolting, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 127201 (2010).
  • Magnetic imaging, F. Nolting, in Springer Proceedings in Physics, Vol. 133 Beaurepaire, E.; Bulou, H.; Scheurer, F.; Kappler, J.-P. (Eds.) 2010, Springer
  • Building blocks of an artificial Kagome spin ice: Photoemission electron microscopy of arrays of ferromagnetic islands, E. Mengotti, L. J. Heyderman, A. Fraile Rodríguez, A. Bisig, L. Le Guyader, F. Nolting, and H-B. Braun, Phys. Rev. B78, 144402 (2008).
  • Spin dependence of the x-ray magnetic linear dichroism on the antiferromagnetic spin axis in LaFeO3 thin films, S. Czekaj, F. Nolting, L.J. Heyderman, P.W. Willmott, and G. van der Laan, Phys. Rev. B73, 020401R (2006).
  • Correlation between Exchange Bias and Pinned Interfacial Spins, H. Ohldag, A. Scholl, F. Nolting, E. Arenholz, S. Maat, A.T. Young, M. Carey, and J. Stöhr, Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 017203 (2003).
  • Direct observation of the alignment of ferromagnetic spins by antiferromagnetic spins, F. Nolting, A. Scholl, J. Stöhr, J.W. Seo, J. Fompeyrine, H. Siegwart, J.-P. Locquet, S. Anders, J. Lüning, E.E. Fullerton, M.F. Toney, M.R. Scheinfein, and H.A. Padmore, Nature 405, 767 (2000).
  • Observation of antiferromagnetic domains in epitaxial thin films, A. Scholl, J. Stöhr, J. Lüning, J.W. Seo, J. Fompeyrine, H. Siegwart, J.-P Locquet, F. Nolting, S. Anders, E.E. Fullerton, M.R. Scheinfein, and H.A. Padmore, Science 287, 1014 (2000).
  • Die Gravitationskonstante – eine Herausforderung an die Messtechnik, F. Nolting, J. Schurr, St. Schlamminger und W. Kündig, Physikalischen Blätter 55, 51 (1999).
  • IFOX (FP7 Collaborative Project), Interfacing Oxides, workpackage leader, 2010 - 2015
  • Fantomas (FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network), Femtosecond Opto-Magnetism and Novel Approaches to Ultrafast Magnetism at the Nanoscale, 2008 - 2012
  • Ultramagnetron (FP7 Collaborative Project), Ultrafast All-Optical Magnetization Reversal for Magnetic Recording and Laser-Controlled Spintronics, 2008 - 2011
  • NANO (NCCR Programme of the Swiss National Science Foundation), Nanoscale Science, 2010 - 2013
  • MaNEP - Phase III (NCCR Programme of the Swiss National Science Foundation), Materials with Novel Electronic Properties (associated member), 2010 - 2013
  • MARVEL (NCCR Programme of the Swiss National Science Foundation), Materials' Revolution: Computational Design and Discovery of Novel Materials, 2014 -
  • Strategic Focus Area (SFA) Advanced Manufacturing, steering committee, since 2016
  • Femtoterabyte EU-Horizon 2020 FET-Open project, 2017-
Membership in professional societies
  • German Physical Society (DPG)
  • Swiss Physical Society (SPS)