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Time-resolved tunneling microscope

N1-0295 | 1.2.2023 - 31.1.2026
Dragan D. Mihailović

The objective is to develop and optimize experimental methods for recording phase transition ‘movies’ on timescales from picoseconds to hours. The building of an ultrafast timescale (THz resolution) STM involves a number of innovations (described in the Methods section) that are designed to circumvent certain crucial shortcomings of current state of the art ultrafast STM setups [8–10,40,55]. The objective is to build a system capable of imaging areas ~ 20 x 20 nm with 1 nm resolution or better, using stroboscopic measurements at variable delay times and 1 ps time resolution after a ‘destruction pulse’ that causes a phase transition. On longer timescales, the objective is to build the capability for single-shot, real-time movies of domain reordering with up to 100 frames per second (FPS). Transient superconductivity – when relevant – will be measured by 4-tip STM on timescales down to μs.

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The research project is (co)financed by the Slovenian Research and Innovation Agency.