The objective of the Lab is synthesis and analysis of thin-film heterostructures of "antagonistic" materials, such as ferromagnetic and superconductor metals, metals and insulators, semiconductors and superconductors, etc.
Because of quantum-mechanical interaction between the ultra-thin layers, such artificial materials have unusual properties not found in nature. We investigate these metamaterials with the aim of prototyping new functionality and device physics.
The basis of the laboratory – the newest ultra-high vacuum experimental setup, combining molecular beam and magnetron sputtering deposition methods for the synthesis and a chamber for in situ analysis of layers of nanometer-range thickness.
Experiments since commissioning of the ultra-high vacuum setup are as follows:
Totally, more than 50 samples synthesized in other laboratories have been investigated by using the methods of the analytic chamber: palladium-iron alloy film composition, samples of barium titanate, strontium titanate, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, implanted by the iron group ions, samples of a topological insulator Bi2Se3, NbSe2, zirconium samples irradiated by hydrogen isotopes, and others.