Department of Applied Physics

Atomic Scale Physics

We focus on the experimental study of atomically well-defined nanostructures, where the precise nature and location of every atom matters. We use low-temperature scanning probe microscopy that allows structural and electronic characterization, and manipulation of materials down to the atomic scale.
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Current focus:

  • Artificial designer materials

  • Electronic properties of metal-organic frameworks

  • Atomically well-defined graphene nanoribbons

Alumni

name position current position (initial position after Aalto)
Nurul Huda Phd 2021 Bluefors
Anna-Maija Valtavirta MSc 2019 Murata Electronics
Ilona Pohjavirta MSc 2019 Vaisala
Avijit Kumar post-doc 2014-17 Assistant professor, IIT Bhubaneswar, India
Kaustuv Banerjee PhD 2017 IMEC, Belgium
Amina Kimouche post-doc 2014-16 University of Potsdam (earlier Beatriu de Pinos postdoctoral fellowship, ICN2, Barcelona)
Fabian Schulz PhD 2016 post-doc, Fritz-Haber Institute, Berlin (earlier IBM Zurich Research Laboratory)
Robert Drost PhD 2016 post-doc, Max-Planck Institute, Stuttgart
Päivi Järvinen PhD 2015 Neste (earlier Bain & Company and Picosun)
Sampsa Hämäläinen PhD 2014 Accenture

Latest publications

Automated structure discovery in atomic force microscopy

Benjamin Alldritt, Hapala Hapala, Niko Oinonen, Fedor Urtev, Ondrej Krejci, Filippo Federici Canova, Juho Kannala, Fabian Schulz, Peter Liljeroth, Adam Foster 2020 Science Advances

Designer flat bands in quasi-one-dimensional atomic lattices

Md Nurul Huda, Kezilebieke Shawulienu, Peter Liljeroth 2020 PHYSICAL REVIEW RESEARCH

Tuneable topological domain wall states in engineered atomic chains

Md Huda, Kezilebieke Shawulienu, Teemu Ojanen, Robert Drost, Peter Liljeroth 2020 npj Quantum Materials

Electronic and magnetic characterization of epitaxial VSe2 monolayers on superconducting NbSe2

Shawulienu Kezilebieke, Md Nurul Huda, Paul Dreher, Ilkka Manninen, Yifan Zhou, Jani Sainio, Rhodri Mansell, Miguel M. Ugeda, Sebastiaan van Dijken, Hannu Pekka Komsa, Peter Liljeroth 2020 Communications physics

Electronic and magnetic characterization of epitaxial CrBr3 monolayers

Kezilebieke Shawulienu, Orlando Silveira Júnior, Md Nurul Huda, Viliam Vano, Markus Aapro, Somesh Ganguli, Jouko Lahtinen, Rhodri Mansell, Sebastiaan van Dijken, Adam Foster, Peter Liljeroth 2020 arXiv.org

Moiré-enabled topological superconductivity

Kezilebieke Shawulienu, Viliam Vano, Md Nurul Huda, Markus Aapro, Somesh Chandra Ganguli, Peter Liljeroth, Jose Lado 2020 arXiv.org

Topological superconductivity in a van der Waals heterostructure

Kezilebieke Shawulienu, Md Nurul Huda, Viliam Vano, Markus Aapro, Somesh Ganguli, Orlando Silveira Júnior, Szczepan Glodzik, Adam Foster, Teemu Ojanen, Peter Liljeroth 2020 Nature

Synthesis and Gating the Charge State of a Monolayer Metal-Organic Framework

Linghao Yan, Orlando Silveira Júnior, Benjamin Alldritt, Ondrej Krejci, Adam Foster, Peter Liljeroth 2020 arXiv.org

Controlling correlations in NbSe2 via quantum confinement

Somesh Ganguli, Viliam Vano, Kezilebieke Shawulienu, Jose Lado, Peter Liljeroth 2020 arXiv.org
More information on our research in the Research database.

Facilities:

The Atomic Scale Physics research group is located in Nanotalo and operates three low-temperature, ultra-high vacuum (UHV), scanning probe microscopes that are housed at the Aalto Nanomicroscopy center

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