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Problem-driven research in surface science requires the combination of different experimental and theoretical methods.

PGI-3 has a large number of experimental stations at its disposal which between them allow diffraction-, scanning probe-, photoemission-, electron scattering- and electron microscopy-experiments.

With this spectrum of methods, surfaces and interfaces can be characterized comprehensively. In particular, their atomic-scale and mesoscopic structure, their chemical composition and bonding environment, their electronic spectral function, and their vibrational modes are accessible. Some of these properties can even be followed in real time while the surface evolves under the influence of heat transfer or arriving material.

With our state-of-the-art experimental stations we are able to investigate surface processes such as the adsorption of (individual) molecules, the self-assembly of matter into monolayers or nanostructures, or the growth of thin films. We also have the capability to investigate electron transport at the nanoscale, for example through low-dimensional structures or individual molecules, and to connect this data to structural and spectral properties of the objects in question.

A detailed list of our laboratories can be found here.