At my laboratory the experimental set-up is centered around state-of-the-art multifunctional ultra-high vacuum (UHV) microlab system, containing:

Lab

  • Fast Entry Load Lock for sample & tip introduction
  • Preparation Chamber equipped with:
    • Sample manipulator with resistive and DC current heating and 6 degrees of freedom + magnetic probes
    • Sputter Ion Gun for surface cleaning
    • Growth source – K-cell for Molecular Beam Epitaxial (MBE) growth
    • Reflection High Energy Electron Diffraction (RHEED)
    • Crystal cleaver
    • Analysis Chamber equipped with:
    • Microscopes capable of time-resolved operation, namely
    • variable-temperature (25-1500K) scanning probe microscope (SPM), including
    • Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM) and
    • beam-deflection Atomic Force Microscope (AFM)
    • Scanning Tunneling Spectroscopy
    • Sample manipulator with heating, cooling, and 6 degrees of freedom and magnetic probes
    • 12-position carousel for multiple sample-tip storage
    • 4-grid analyser used in two modes –
    • Low Energy Electron Diffraction (LEED) and
    • Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES)
    • Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer
    • Growth source - Precise 3-pocket e-beam evaporator