Our group focuses on thin films and heterostructures of quantum materials. We use molecular beam epitaxy and sputtering to grow and manipulate quantum matter. More specifically, we are interested in the novel phases of matter at the intersection of non-trivial topology and emergent phenomena such as superconductivity, magnetism, and ferroelectricity. The group is also interested in a wide range of transport phenomena and novel electronic device applications of high-quality thin films and heterostructures.
Our primary synthesis tools are molecular beam epitaxy and sputtering. Molecular beam epitaxy allows for the growth of quantum materials atomic-plane by atomic-plane. Our MBE is a 930 system (Veeco) and is equipped with a total of 9 effusion cells. Our radio frequency sputtering systems (Kurt J. Lesker) are equipped with 4 complex oxide sources.
We will employ global and local probes for characterizing the structural and electronic properties of our synthesized films and heterostructures. Our lab will make use of Quantum Design PPMS, Panalytical X-ray diffraction with a 2D detector, transmission electron microscope, and microfabrication tools housed at NCSU shared facilities (AIF and NNF).
Finally, our group will make use of shared experimental facilities including the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory for electronic transport experiments and Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory to characterize the emergent properties in our synthesized films and heterostructures.