Layered quantum systems

Van der Waals heterostructures enable the engineering of exotic quantum states by proximity effects. We use cutting-edge techniques for the fabrication of ultraclean heterostructures - a crucial requirement to study their properties with our state-of-the-art scanning probe microscopes.

Investigator: Dr. Felix Lüpke

Dr. Felix Lüpke

Assembly of van der Waals heterostructures

Assembly of van der Waals heterostructures

In our lab, we assemble heterostructures from exfoliated flakes of layered materials using novel polymer-based fabrication techniques, allowing the manipulation of flakes with micron precision, while maintaining atomically clean surfaces and interfaces.

Characterization of topological states

Characterization of topological states

Topological edge and surface states have unique electronic properties which make them promising candidates for applications, e.g. in quantum computing. Using scanning probe techniques, we study the local properties of topological boundary states in layered materials.

Proximity effects

Proximity effects

By exploiting proximity effects between materials with different properties, van der Waals heterostructures allow the systematic engineering of quantum states. In our research, we study the local strength of proximity effects as a function of, e.g., material thickness, temperature, and magnetic field in a scanning probe setting.