Self-organization of nanostructures and STM

Group leader : Jerome LAGOUTE
Laboratoire Matériaux et Phénomènes Quantiques
The research of the STM team is devoted to the study of materials at the nanometer scale on surfaces. Its scientific interests are very broad, going from the fundamental structure of surfaces to the magnetic and electronic properties of nano-objects. Experimental techniques are mainly scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) and X-ray surface diffraction under ultra-high vacuum. Our goal is to study and understand the fundamental properties of matter down to the atomic scale, linking a structural analysis with the measurement of the electronic density of states and magnetism. A comparison with simulations or theoretical tools developed in the team or through collaborations is systematically performed in order to extract the underlying physics in the studied phenomena. In particular, our long-term experience in the realization of state-of-the-art samples using self-organization on crystalline surfaces allows us to give new insights in the field of nanomagnetism at a challenging scale.