Dr. Mathias Sander

Mathias Sander


Paul Scherrer Institut
Forschungsstrasse 111
5232 Villigen PSI


Mathias Sander received his Physics Diploma in 2013 from the University of Potsdam, Germany, working on ultrafast switchable azobenzene films. He then  moved to Berlin to  study acoustic strain induced phenomena in correlated Materials  at the Helmholtz  Zentrum Berlin, Bessy II in the group of Prof. Matias Bargheer and received his PhD for his thesis on ultrafast tailored strain fields in nanostrucutres in 2018. He then moved to the european synchrotron radiation facility (ESRF) for a postdoc at the time-resolved waxs/saxs endstation ID9 in grenoble, france. He joined the bernina group within the SwissFEL project as postdoc in 2019 and is working as a beamline scientist at the bernina endstation since 2021.

Institutional Responsibilities

Mathias is working as beamline scientist at the Bernina Endstation at Swiss Free Electron Laser. He is responsible for beamline access and development as well as user support.

Scientific Research

Mathias research is focused on ultrafast manipulation of functional materials by exciting electronic, magnetic and structural degrees of freedom based on selectively tuned laser pulses. In his current research projects, Mathias applies sub THz strain waves and low frequency THz pulses to control ferroelectric polarization  in epitaxial heterostrcutres on ultrafast timescales, which promises applications in data storage and coherent control of these heterostructures. His projects are accompanied by technological developments in sample environments to extend the capabilities of the Bernina Endstation at SwissFEL.

Publication Record

  • Web of Science
  • Registered Publications: 21  (11/2022)
  • Total Citations: 228  (11/2022)
  • H-Index: 9 (11/2022)

PSI related Publications

For an overview of PSI related publications we kindly refer you to our publication repository DORA.

Short CV

2021 - present Beamline Scientist at the SwissFEL Bernina Endstation, Paul Scherrer Institut, Villigen, Switzerland

2019-2021: Postdoc Fellow at the SwissFEL Bernina Endstation, Paul Scherrer Institut, Villigen, Switzerland

2018-2019: Postdoc Fellow at the european synchrotron radiation facility (ESRF) at the time-resolved endstation ID09, ESRF, Grenbole, France

2017-2018: Postdoc Fellow at BESSY II, Berlin, Germany

2014-2018: PhD - magna cum laude, ultrafast tailored strain fields in nanostructures (2017), University of Potsdam, Institut for Ultrafast Condensed Matter, Potsdam, Germany

2006-2014: Diploma in Physics

Spektral durchstimmbare Pump/Probe Experimente an Nanoschichtsystemen, University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany

Professional societies

     - Germal Physical Sciety (DPG)