Tobias Zier


Walter Benjamin Fellow - DFG


Research Interest

Tobias Zier's re­search fo­cuses on modelling the ultrafast structural response of solids after an ultrashort (femtosecond) laser pulse excitation. He combines the benefits of TDDFT (Octopus) and Te dependent DFT (CHIVES) to simulate the electron dynamics of the laser-induced highly non-equilibrium and their influence on the atomic system.

Selected Publications

M. Kempkes, T.Zier, K. Singer, M. E. Garcia, 'Ultrafast nonthermal NV center formation in diamond', Carbon 174, 524-530 (2021).

A. Blumenstein, E. S. Zijlstra, D. S. Ivanov, S. T. Weber, T. Zier, F. Kleinwort, B. Rethfeld, J. Ihlemann, P. Simon, and M. E. Garcia, 'Transient optics of gold during laser irradiation: From first principles to experiment' Phys. Rev. B 101, 165140(2020).

T. Zier, P. L. Silvestrelli, M. E. Garcia, 'Comment on “Ab initio evidence for nonthermal characteristics in ultrafast laser melting“', Phys. Rev. B 99, 066301 (2019).

T. Zier, E. S. Zijlstra, S. Krylow, M. E. Garcia, 'Simulation of laser-induced dynamics in free-standing thin silicon films,' Appl. Phys. A 123, 625 (2017).

L. Waldecker, T. Vasileiadis, R. Bertoni, T. Zier, F. H. Valencia, E. S. Zijlstra, M. E. Garcia, R. Ernstorfer, 'Coherent and incoherent structural dynamics in laser-excited antimony,'
Phys. Rev. B 95, 054302 (2017).

T. Zier, E. S. Zijlstra, M. E. Garcia, 'Quasimomentum-Space Image for Ultrafast Melting of Silicon,' Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 153901 (2016).

Services to the Scientific Community

Referee for the following journals: Physical Review Letters, Physical Review B, Physical Review E, Science Advances, Physica Status Solidi, European Physical Journal B, Scientific Reports


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