Dr. Neil Curson, Procopios Constantinou, Ella Crane and Alex Koelker visit The Swiss Light Source (SLS) at the Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI)


During a research visit at Chris Pakes’ group at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia from 12/04/15 – 08/05/15, Manuel Siegl was working alongside specialists in the sample preparation of novel semiconductors with a larger band gap than silicon such as diamond or silicon carbide. The larger band gap enables higher device biases, but their higher thermal conductivity also allows operation at higher temperatures. Understanding the physical properties of these materials at the atomic scale is very important as they constitute the basic building blocks for any device. The aim is to create and investigate atomic point defects on these surfaces using scanning tunnelling microscopy. The research visit enabled us to achieve the initial steps towards this goal. A photo of the STM lab in La Trobe University is shown below.



Dr. Tingbin Lin (left), Alex Koelker (middle) and Dr. Neil Curson in the STM lab.

guys in STM


Dr Juerong Li is giving a lecture to the visitors from U3A (the University of the Third Age) on Thursday 17 September 2015.

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