Collaborative Research Center 1319 ELCH
Extreme light for sensing and driving molecular chirality (ELCH)
The first four-year funding period of the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 1319 ELCH of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) started with this title on January 1, 2018 at the University of Kassel and three other research locations in Germany.
The CRC 1319 ELCH was set up at the University of Kassel being the main applicant for the funding with partners at the Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt am Main, the Philipps-Universität in Marburg and the Deutsche Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY in Hamburg. Altogether, there are 10 research groups hosting 15 scientific research projects and one administration project. Seven groups will be carrying out research at the University of Kassel and there is one research group at each partner-University.
Scientific focus of this CRC
This CRC focuses on the investigation of a microscopic quantum mechanical understanding of individual chiral molecules in the gas phase under perfectly defined experimental conditions. It employs the most advanced tools of experimental and theoretical gas phase atoms, molecular, and optical/quantum optical (AMO) physics for control and manipulation of chirality on the single-molecule level. With the help of extreme light, covering all relevant excitation regimes in terms of energy, intensity, and temporal resolution, it addresses the full chiral quantum system of electrons and nuclei in each individual molecule.
Collaboration with the Art Academy Kassel
In a collaboration with the Art Academy Kassel (in an earlier project), an artistic perception of the measurement of chiral molecules was created.