We are an innovative research group exploring physics at the atomic-scale. We were recently established at the University of Stuttgart.
Portrait: Prof. Sebastian Loth
Leidenschaft Physik: Prof. Dr. Sebastian Loth, Institut für Funktionelle Materie und Quantentechnologien.
We design experiments that can interact with matter on its fundamental length scale of individual atoms. We create functional nanostructures atom by atom and use them to test physical limits of miniaturization and study the emergence of quantum behavior in magnetic nanostructures and correlated-electron materials. Of particular interest is the question how quantum confinement, exchange coupling between atoms and enhanced electron-electron interaction modify the time-dependent evolution of low-energy excitations in nanomagnets, molecules and charge-ordered surfaces.
For this purpose we combine scanning tunneling microscopy and ultrafast pump-probe spectroscopy to push the boundaries of time resolution in scanning probe microscopy. The novel instruments developed by us are ideally matched to the energetic, spatial and temporal scales relevant to correlated electron and spin dynamics.
It is our goal to uncover the intriguing phenomena that govern physics at the atomic scale.
ERC Starting Grant: dasQ
The project "Atomic-scale dynamics of quantum materials" aims to resolve ultrafast fluctuations of charge order and superconductivity in quantum materials with atomic spatial and picosecond time resolution. It is jointly hosted with the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research and the Max Planck Institute for Structure and Dynamics of Matter.
The QuantERA project "Scaling up quantum computation with molecular spins" aims to set the basis of a new architecture for quantum computation and simulation, in which information is encoded in molecular spin qubits that are read-out and communicate by coupling to a superconducting resonator (more details).
QuantERA is a network of 31 organisations from 26 countries, coordinated by the National Science Centre, Poland, supporting international research projects in the field of Quantum Technologies.
COST action MolSpin
The COST action "Molecular Spintronics" promotes networking and collaboration among the different scientific communities that are active in Europe in Molecular Spintronics to consolidate the worldleadership of Europe in this new and emergent field.