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Our research focuses on fundamental physics concerning the atomic and electronic structure. The main goal is to create new knowledge and better understanding at 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.
Our experimental techniques are angle-resolved photoemission and scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy. 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.