Nanophysics Laboratory Update

The lab is nearly complete! On Friday, we moved in an ultra-high vacuum (UHV) chamber.  This rig is equipped with the following techniques:

Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM)

Low-Energy Electron Diffraction (LEED)

Spot Profile Analysis LEED (SPA-LEED)

Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES)

This suite of techniques will allow us to characterise the surface atomic and electronic structure and composition on the nanoscale of any materials we choose to look at – be it graphene, quasicrystal or any other material.  With a greater understanding of such materials, we’ll get ever closer to developing new devices such as efficient, flexible, transparent solar cells.  Of course, we will be able to look at things that are just fun, as well. Here is a picture of the work in progress. photo 2

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