Our lab is located in the AMPEL
Building (Room 245), and is also part of the Nanoscience Cluster and of
the Quantum Materials Laboratory recently created
The research activities of our group focus
on the study of the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of
novel complex systems and nanostructured materials. Our goals are, on the
one hand, to determine the suitability of the current approaches in the
quantum theory of solids and develop new intuitions and understanding;
on the other hand, to explore new pathways for the fabrication of materials
and structures with innovative physical properties.
One key to overcome this challenge is understanding
the low-energy electronic structure and the interplay between the spin,
charge, and orbital degrees of freedom, which in turns determines the macroscopic
physical properties. This requires the use of some of the most powerful
electron spectroscopy techniques such as, in particular, angle-resolved
photoelectron spectroscopy (ARPES
- a state of the art system is currently under development in our group),
but also electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS), X-ray absorption spectroscopy,
and resonant X-ray scattering.
In addition to the in-house activities,
some experiments will be carried out at synchrotron facilities such as
the Canadian Light Source, Stanford
Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory, and Elettra,
which is necessary for ARPES studies that require a continuous photon energy
spectrum, control of the light polarization, and spin sensitivity, and
will also provide access to complementary X-ray spectroscopes.
More information on our research
program and some of the ongoing projects can be found in our research
page, while a more detailed description of the lab infrastructures is available
under facilities. Contact
information for all group members can be found in people.