Research program

The local research program focuses on the creative use of high magnetic fields in the following areas:

  • Semiconductors & Nanostructures
    • Quantum phenomena and transport in low dimensionsal systems like graphene, oxide heterostructures and topological insulators
    • Far infrared resonances (Cyclotron and spin)
    • Interband magneto-optics, quantum wells, dots, wires, rings etc.
  • Strongly Correlated Electron Systems
    • Unconventional Superconductivity, low-dimensional metals
    • Quantum critical phenomena and heavy fermions
    • Quantum magnetism and quantum Spin liquids
    • De Haas van Alphen effect, Shubnikov de Haas effect
    • Magnetization, susceptibility, specific heat, magnetostriction, SAW
    • Magnetotransport, thermopower, Nernst effect
  • Soft Condensed Matter & Nanomaterials
    • Magnetic levitation
    • Alignment of molecular systems, self-assembly, linear and circular birefringence, dichroism
    • In situ monitoring of crystal growth
    • Chirality
    • Molecular magnetism
  • Magnet Technology & Development
    • Improve and develop new resistive magnet
    • Design and fabricate a 45T hybrid magnet

HFML is scientifically embedded within the Institute of Molecules and Materials (IMM) belonging to the Faculty of Science (which includes physics, chemistry, biology, informatics and mathematics departments). The connection with the IMM and the Faculty of Science guarantees the availability of a very wide range of expertise and support in a lively scientific climate.

"Frozen" liquid crystal polymer cooled down in a B=20T magnetic field (below) and at B=0 (above). Only in a field a single domain, highly birefringent transparent material is obtained.