Prof. Dr. Ulrich Höfer 

Philipps-Universität Marburg

Department of Physics

Renthof 5, 35032 Marburg
Phone: +49 6421 28-24215


Experimental physics, laser spectroscopy of surfaces and interfaces, ultrafast electron dynamics, adsorption on semiconductor surfaces

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University Education

1996 Habilitation (Dr. rer. nat. habil.) in Experimental Physics, TU München, „Nonlinear optical spectroscopy of silicon surfaces“
1989 Doctoral degree in Physics (Dr. rer. nat.), TU München, Dissertation on „High resolution photoelectron spectroscopy at surfaces: lineshapes, loss processes and applications“, thesis advisor: Eberhard Umbach
1985 Diploma degree in Physics (Dipl. Phys.), TU München, supervisor: Dietrich Menzel
1978-85 Studies in Physics, Technische Universität (TU) München

Professional Experience

1999- Professor (C4/W3) for Experimental Physics, Philipps-Universität Marburg
1996-99 Lecturer/docent, Physik-Department, TU München
1992-99 Group Leader, Surface Dynamics, Laser Chemistry Department (Karl Kompa), Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik (MPQ), Garching/München
1990-91 Visiting Scientist, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York (USA), Department of Physical Sciences, Laser Science (Tony Heinz)
1987 Research Assistant, Physik-Department E20 (Dietrich Menzel), TU München
1985-87 Manager Data Processing, Central-Molkerei Augsburg e.G.

Awards and Honours

2021-24 Vice-Chairman/Chairman of DPG Surface Science Division
2013-21 Spokesman SFB 1083 „Structure and Dynamics of Internal Interfaces“
2015 Fellow of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (Japan)
2014 Selection Committee Member for the Max Planck Research Award
2011 Ikerbasque Research Professor (DIPC, San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain)
2009 Offer for a chair in Experimental Physics at the University of Würzburg (declined)
2007-09 Dean of the Physics Department, Philipps-Universität Marburg
2003-07 Managing Director, Material Sciences Center, Philipps-Universität Marburg
2006 Guest Professor, I.S.I.R. (Sanken Institute), University of Osaka, Japan
2006 Fellow of the American Physical Society (USA)
1999 Research Fellow, Institute for Chemical Research, RIKEN, Japan
1998 Adjunct Professor Institute for Quantum Electronics, TU Vienna, Austria
1995 Arnold-Sommerfeld-Prize of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities

Selected Publications

  1. P. M. Echenique, R. Berndt, E. V. Chulkov, Th. Fauster, A. Goldmann, U. Höfer
    Decay of electronic excitations at metal surfaces
    Surf. Sci. Rep. 52, 219 (2004). DOI: 10.1016/j.surfrep.2004.02.002
  2. M. Dürr, U. Höfer
    Dissociative adsorption of molecular hydrogen on silicon surfaces
    Surf. Sci. Rep. 61, 465 (2006). DOI: 10.1016/j.surfrep.2006.08.002
  3. J. Güdde, M. Rohleder, T. Meier, S. W. Koch, U. Höfer
    Time-resolved investigation of coherently controlled electric currents at a metal surface
    Science 318, 1287 (2007).  DOI: 10.1126/science.1146764
  4. H. Schwalb, S. Sachs, M. Marks, A. Schöll, F. Reinert, E. Umbach, U. Höfer
    Electron lifetime in a Shockley-type metal-organic interface state
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 146801 (2008). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.101.146801
  5. M. Reutzel, M. Lipponer, M. Dürr, U. Höfer
    Binding Energy and Dissociation Barrier: Experimental Determination of the Key Parameters of the Potential Energy Curve of Diethyl Ether on Si(001)
    J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 6, 3971 (2015). DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.5b01510
  6. K. Kuroda, J. Reimann, J. Güdde, U. Höfer
    Generation of transient photocurrents in the topological surface state of Sb2Te3 by direct optical excitation with mid-infrared pulses
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 076801 (2016). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.076801
  7. J. Reimann, S. Schlauderer, C. P. Schmid, F. Langer, S. Baierl, K. A. Kokh, O. E. Tereshchenko, A. Kimura, C. Lange, J. Güdde, U. Höfer, R. Huber
    Subcycle observation of lightwave-driven Dirac currents in a topological surface band
    Nature 562, 396 (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-018-0544-x
  8. G. Mette, A. Adamkiewicz, M. Reutzel, U. Koert, M. Dürr, U. Höfer
    Controlling an SN2 reaction by electronic and vibrational excitation ‐ tip‐induced ether cleavage on Si(001)
    Angew. Chemie Int. Ed. 58, 3417 (2019). DOI: 10.1002/anie.201806777
  9. R. Wallauer, M. Raths, K. Stallberg, L. Münster, D. Brandstetter, X. Yang, J. Güdde, P. Puschnig, S. Soubatch, C. Kumpf, F. C. Bocquet, F. S. Tautz, U. Höfer
    Tracing orbital images on ultrafast time scales
    Science 371, 1056 (2021). DOI: 10.1126/science.abf3286
  10. R. Wallauer, R. Perea-Causin, L. Münster, S. Zajusch, S. Brehm, J. Güdde, K. Tanimura, K.-Q. Lin, R. Huber, E. Malic, U. Höfer
    Momentum-resolved observation of exciton formation dynamics in monolayer WS2
    Nano Lett. (2021).  DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.1c01839