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Geometrical and electronic structure at and near surfaces

English title Geometrical and electronic structure at and near surfaces
Applicant Aebi Philipp
Number 116601
Funding scheme Project funding
Research institution Institut de Physique Université de Neuchâtel
Institution of higher education University of Neuchatel - NE
Main discipline Condensed Matter Physics
Start/End 01.04.2007 - 31.03.2009
Approved amount 510'886.00
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Keywords (10)

surfaces; nanostructures; selfassembly; low dimensional systems; transition metal dichalcogenides; angle-resolved photoemission; Na-cobaltates; Fermi surface mapping; scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy; low energy electron diffraction

Lay Summary (English)

Lay summary
Context and significance:
The project focuses on fundamental physics concerning the atomic and electronic structure. The main goal is to create new knowledge and better understanding on the quantum mechanics and sub-nanometer level of how electrons and atoms are organized in solids and near surfaces. In particular, the results lead to new views and explanations on the mechanisms behind the extremely variable properties of new and old materials used in various devices and applications. Research in this field is crucial for all developments in relation with new materials.

Scientific frame and methodology:
The frame and methodology is given by the experimental possibilities. In the present project angle-resolved photoemission and scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy experiments are done. These experiments allow a very detailed investigation of the “organization” of electrons and atoms at the surface and close to it. However, these experiments require well-defined surfaces of the materials under study and stringent vacuum conditions.
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