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 at UBC.

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.




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