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EPSRC Reference: EP/R025169/1
Title: Spin-resolved electronic structure imaging and microscopy
Principal Investigator: King, Dr PD
Other Investigators:
Woollins, Professor JD Wilson, Dr NR
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Department: Physics and Astronomy
Organisation: University of St Andrews
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 May 2018 Ends: 30 April 2020 Value (£): 1,420,124
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Condensed Matter Physics Materials Characterisation
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
06 Dec 2017 EPSRC Strategic Equipment Interview Panel December 2017 (1) Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Understanding the electronic properties of advanced materials is key to enabling and improving a myriad of practical applications. Angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy is one of the most powerful probes of their low-energy electronic excitations, which ultimately govern the physical properties of solids. As such, it provides key fundamental insights on the novel states and phases found in complex material systems, as well as on their potential for technology. Combining the latest developments in detector technology, laser light sources, and electron scattering for spin polarimetry, we will create a unique and powerful system that not only enables high-resolution and microscopic-focus angle-resolved spectroscopy from a range of challenging materials systems and environments, but also provides the only UK capability for spin-resolved electronic structure imaging. This promises transformative advances in our understanding of the electronic structure of materials, and in particular their spin-dependent properties, laying the framework for applications ranging from solar cells to spintronic and quantum technologies. It will advance a new form of microscopy, where detailed spectral properties provide a unique contrast mechanism for imaging, and will open new routes to study prototype devices in operando, complementing capabilities of key national facilities. It will leverage existing expertise and facilities within the Centre for Designer Quantum Materials in St Andrews, providing critical feedback to enable the targeted design of quantum, spintronic, magnetic, and electronic materials and devices, and will support a wide user base from across the UK, underpinning a broad array of research areas ranging from catalysis to two-dimensional and topological materials.

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