In our group, we are trying to understand how matter receives her properties from the interactions among individual atoms. Since the number of atoms in common matter is overwhelmingly huge, we build artificial quantum matter from scratch, one atom at a time or investigate the electronic structure of two dimensional quantum materials grown by our collaborators. When tuning these materials by atom manipulation, the application of electromagnetic fields, and strain, we can change a material's behavior and learn how certain new properties emerge in order to better steer the emergence of interesting quantum behavior.
We use advanced scanning probe microscopy (SPM) techniques to study the properties of quantum materials ranging from 2D systems to artificially designed arrays built from interacting atoms. We utilize our SPM to characterize quantum matter via tunneling spectroscopy, time-resolved pump-probe methods, SPM based electron spin resonance, electron-luminescence, and quasiparticle interference imaging. We also develop novel measurement techniques based on compressive sensing and nonlinear spectroscopy to fundamentally speed-up QPI measurements.
Are you a postdoc (or almost there) and thinking about your next steps with a scanning tunneling microscope in Switzerland? We are hosting postdoctoral researchers via the SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowship program. Think what you would like to accomplish, check your eligibility andcontact us
We are also always looking for motivated Bachelor and Master students who are eager to learn about single atom magnets or want to use and develop advanced SPM techniques to interrogate artificial quantum matter for her quirky properties.
Danyang Liu (PhD), Fabian Natterer (PI), Berk Zengin (PhD), Ales Cahlik (Postdoc), Jens Oppliger (MSc)
Group Picture from October 2020
Berk Zengin (PhD), Kevin Hauser (visiting PhD), Danyang Liu (PhD), Fabian Natterer (PI), Nicolas Bachellier (Postdoc), Lorena Niggli (MS Student), Jens Oppliger (MS Student), Pascal Rothebuehler (BS Student)
Danyang Liu, Jens Oppliger, Fabian Natterer, Nicolas Bachellier, Lorena Niggli
Group Picture from July 2019Fabian Natterer, Lorena Niggli, Alana Gudinas, Jens Oppliger