The CMP Group

The Condensed Matter Physics group at Leicester study the behaviour of complex materials at the nano-scale.

Research Topics

  • Superfluidity at the nanoscale (von Haeften)
    - impulsive alignment of molecules attached to helium clusters
    - fluorescence spectroscopy of excimers in bulk helium
  • Intrinsic properties of atomic clusters/ nanoparticles and their interactions with surfaces and bulk material
    - magnetic nanoparticles (Baker, Binns)
    - luminescent colloidal nanoparticles (von Haeften)
    - nanoparticle growth by atomic deposition on volatile liquids (von Haeften)
  • Quantum theory of semiconductor nanostructures (Roy, Maksym)
    - properties of single dopant atoms at or close to the surface
    - graphene quantum dots
    - quantum dots, carbon nanotubes

Theory

We are primarily interested in the structural and electronic properties of semiconductor nanostructures and the electronic properties of magnetic nanoparticles.

 

Experimental facilities

  • three molecular beam apparatus for the generation and surface deposition of atomic clusters
  • UV/Vis
  • FTIR (transmission and ATR)
  • Dynamic LIght Scattering
  • BOC Edwards thin film coater
  • SEM, FIB
  • UHV surface analysis (LEED, XPS, UPS, TPD), under construction
  • UHV AFM/STM

 

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