Scanning Probe Microscopy
Our research is focused on high resolution imaging and spectroscopy to significantly improve our understanding of surface structure and chemistry for complex materials. The principal tool is low temperature ultra-high vacuum noncontact atomic force and scanning tunneling microscopy to characterize surface structures ranging from periodic and ordered via defective towards amorphous networks.
In recent studies it has been shown how modern scanning probe microscopy techniques can complete and clarify atomistic models, which have been derived so far mainly from diffraction experiments. The benefits of locally resolving complex surface structures are obvious. A direct atomic assignment from the obtained images is possible.