Project Level: Winter

Project Duration: 

4 weeks – 20-36 hours per week. Applicant will be required on-site for the project.


Scanning tunnelling microscopy and atomic force microscopy can be used to manipulate and build nanoscale structures atom by atom. In this
project, students will use a new low-temperature STM/AFM installed in Jacobson's laboratory to image and manipulate single atoms and
molecules. Potential targets include light-emitting molecules as singlephoton emitters for quantum computation or improved OLEDs and
magnetic materials for data storage.

Expected Outcomes:

The student will gain experience with ultrahigh vacuum equipment, scanning probe microscopy, material characterisation techniques, and data

Suitable for:

This project is open to students with a background in physics, chemistry, or engineering. Familiarity with condensed matter physics is a plus. Enthusiasm for experimental work is a must.

Further Information:

Discussions with applicants are encouraged, please reach out to Dr Peter Jacobson.  Interested students must contact the supervisor/s, prior to submitting an application. Evidence of supervisor support is required to be uploaded as part of the application process.

Project members

Dr Peter Jacobson

Physics Tutor Coordinator
Lecturer in CMP
School of Mathematics and Physics