Short CV/Education and training

  • from 2020 Professor at University of Hamburg, Germany

  • 2017 – 2020
    Panofsky fellow at Stanford PULSE Institute, SLAC National Laboratory, USA

  • 2014 – 2017
    Visiting scientist at LCLS (SLAC), Peter Ewald fellowship from Volkswagen Foundation

  • 2009 – 2013
    PhD at the TU Berlin and LCLS (SLAC), USA

  • 2009
    first beam time at a X-ray free-electron laser in Hamburg, tightening nuts and bolts at the world´s first hard X-ray laser LCLS (SLAC) in California, USA

  • 2008
    Masters in Physics, enjoyed working in a quantum optics lab (Prof. Achim Peters, HU Berlin, Germany

  • 2006
    brief side step to theoretical physics at the University of Sevilla, Spain

  • 2004
    move to TU Berlin (Germany)

  • 2002 – 2003
    started studying physics in Augsburg (Germany), first hands-on experience in a lab

Selected publications

  • Gorkhover, Tais, et al. "Femtosecond X-ray Fourier holography imaging of free-flying nanoparticles." Nature Photonics 12.3 (2018): 150.

  • Gorkhover, Tais, et al. "Femtosecond and nanometre visualization of structural dynamics in superheated nanoparticles." Nature Photonics 10.2 (2016): 93.

  • Gorkhover, Tais, et al. "Nanoplasma dynamics of single large xenon clusters irradiated with superintense x-ray pulses from the linac coherent light source free-electron laser." Physical Review Letters 108.24 (2012): 245005.

Complete list of publications

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • I have two kids. All kids are excellent experimentalists by nature. I do my best to learn from mine.


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