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Condensed Matter Physics Seminar

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Storrs Campus
GS 117

Dr. Adrian Gozar, Applied Physics Department, Yale University

Optical nano-imaging of novel quantum materials and hetero-structures.

‘Quantum materials’ are platforms for observation of quantum effects at macroscopic scales. Their properties can be often combined in layered structures and are strongly sensitive to external stimuli, suggesting a plausible path towards a new generation of devices with ‘on-demand’ functionalities. We focus on expanding the material phase-space of these materials and also on finding new ways to probe their surface and interface properties. An example of novel graphitic structures produced in our lab is borophene, a 2D boron allotrope with potential technological uses in flexible electronics and as a precursor to metallic nanotubes. I will discuss synthesis and characterization of large area, up to 100 μm2 in size, single-crystals of borophene on copper surfaces and also ideas for device integration. Scanning near-field optical microscopy (SNOM) is able to probe electronic properties of surface or subsurface crystalline layers despite the presence of underlying metallic substrates. I will illustrate how the lateral and depth resolution are key advantages of SNOM as a non-invasive optical method for device characterization. I will also emphasize the power of this technique for obtaining fundamental information about electron dynamics in hetero-structures. An example is the generation and coupling to novel excitations such as surface Josephson plasma modes in an ultra-thin superconducting film. These results highlight SNOM as a non-invasive tool which is particularly useful for studying interface electron dynamics, imaging states with broken symmetry in correlated systems and topological materials as well as for probing structure, dielectric properties and emergent conduction channels in nano-structures and biological samples.


Prof. I. Sochnikov

Physics Department (primary), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, UConn Master Calendar

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