O. Benson
P. Gambardella
M. Heuken
B. Hillebrands
J. Krenn
K. Lips
G. Rijnders
Student hubs

18th IUVSTA International Summer School on

Physics at Nanoscale

8th - 10th June 2021
Czech Republic


Speakers & Topics

Oliver Benson

Quantum photonic hybrid systems

Nanooptik AG, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Prof. Dr. Oliver Benson studied physics at LMU Munich, Germany. After his PhD at the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics and postdoctoral stays in Stanford, USA, and Konstanz, Germany, he became a professor for experimental physics (Nano-Optics) at Humboldt-University Berlin. His research interest concerns fundamental light-matter interaction on the nanoscale. Based on quantum optical model-systems with almost ideal parameter control the main research goal is to reveal mesoscopic quantum interactions in increasingly complex hybrid systems. The potential of such building blocks for future application, in particular in the new field of quantum information, is explored.


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Pietro Gambardella

Magnetic interfaces and spintronics

Department of Materials, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Our group investigates magnetic phenomena in materials with novel structural and electronic properties. In particular, we are interested in the question of how the microscopic interplay of atomic properties, bonding, and size effects determines the macroscopic magnetic and transport behavior of thin films and nanostructures. At the moment, we focus on the study of multilayer metal, metal/oxide, and metal/semiconductor interfaces with strong spin-​orbit coupling as well as on single atoms and single molecule magnets. Experiments in our group are based on materials and nanostructures grown by molecular beam epitaxy or sputter deposition, and the following characterization techniques: scanning probe and electron microscopy, x-​ray absorption spectroscopy and x-​ray magnetic dichroism, magneto-​optic Kerr effect, and magnetotransport measurements.

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Michael Heuken

MOCVD structures for optoelectronics

RWTH Aachen University & Aixtron GmbH, Germany

Prof. Dr. Michael Heuken was born in Oberhausen, Germany on November 17, 1961. He received the Diplom-Ingenieur degree and the Dr.-Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering from Duisburg University in 1985 and 1989, respectively. He joined the Institut für Halbleitertechnik at RWTH Aachen as senior engineer and has been working in the field of metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy for electronic and optoelectronic devices. In 1994 he finished his Habilitation in semiconductor technology and devices with a thesis on MOCVD technology for optoelectronic devices. Since then and still at present he has been lecturer for semiconductor technology and devices as well as circuits for communication systems at RWTH. In 1997 he joined AIXTRON AG in Aachen-Germany where he is now Vice President Corporate Research & Development. In 1999 he was honored as Professor at RWTH Aachen. His main research interests are in the fields of Semiconductor growth by MOVPE, materials characterization, device technology, electronic and optoelectronic devices and circuits.

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Burkard Hillebrands

Spin dynamics/spin waves

Department of Physics and Research Center OPTIMAS, TU Kaiserslautern, Germany

Dr. Burkard Hillebrands (born 1957) is a German physicist and professor of physics. He is the leader of the magnetism research group in the Department of Physics [1] at the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern. Burkard Hillebrands' research field is mostly in spintronics. His special interests are in spin dynamics and magnonics, material properties of thin magnetic films, heterostructures as well as multilayers nanostructures. In the field of spin dynamics and magnonics he is particularly interested in the properties of spin waves and their quanta, magnons, and their application to future information technologies. He is also interested in research on dynamic magnetic excitations in confined magnetic structures, linear and nonlinear spin wave propagation phenomena, magnon gases and condensates, magnon supercurrents, magnonic crystals and magnetic storage. A further focus of interest lies on spin transport phenomena, in particular on conversion processes between magnon, spin and charge currents (spin Hall effects, spin Seebeck effects). His particular technical interest lies in the development of space-, time- and phase resolved Brillouin light scattering spectroscopy and time resolved Kerr effect techniques.

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Joachim Krenn


Karl Franzens University Graz, Austria

The Nanooptics group at the University of Graz, Austria investigates the properties of light on the subwavelength scale. In particular, we research plasmonic nanostructures to concentrate, manipulate and transport light and to couple to quantum emitters as molecules and quantum dots. We do so by, on one hand, optical methods as near-field microscopy, ultrafast laser spectroscopy, and fluorescence and Raman spectroscopy. On the other hand, together with partner groups we apply electron spectroscopy and photoemission techniques.

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Klaus Lips

Spins as probes

EMIL, Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin, Germany

EMIL provides a state-of-the-art research infrastructure for basic research in energy conversion energy storage energy efficiency with a strong focus on thin film technology, interfaces, and nanoparticle/hybrid systems. Characterization includes: in-system, in-situ and, in-operando methods under realistic sample environments. EMIL comprises of SISSY, the HZB research lab for energy materials, CAT a catalysis lab for sustainable energy supply operated by the Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft and PINK an x-ray emission facility operated by the Max-Planck-Institut für Chemische Energiekonversion. EMIL is a joint venture between the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft and the primary aim of this cooperation is research of materials for renewable energy generation.

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Guus Rijnders

Smart materials for electronic and microelectromechanical systems

University of Twente, The Netherlands

The research related to the materials science of complex materials, mostly used for electronic devices. The research focuses on the structure-property relation of atomically engineered complex (nano)materials, especially thin film ceramic oxides. The class of investigated materials includes, amongst others, ferromagnetic, superconducting, ferroelectric as well as piezoelectric materials. I have advanced the field of synthesis and (in-situ) atomic-scale characterization of complex oxides, which resulted in a significant revival in the field of functional materials. In recent years, I have started new research directions in the field of functional and smart materials, such as piezoelectric and ferroelectric materials, and their integration with electronic and micro electromechanical systems (MEMS)

Guus Rijnders
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