2nd Institute of Physics B

Welcome to the web page of the 2nd Institute of Physics B at RWTH Aachen University. The institute consists of two scientific groups head by Prof. Markus Morgenstern (“Electron Systems at the Atomic Scale”) and Prof. Uwe Klemradt (“X-ray scattering and phase transitions”). It is, moreover, coordinator of the DFG research group 912 “Spin relaxation and coherence” and part of JARA-FIT (J├╝lich Aachen Research Alliance: Fundamentals of Future Information Technology).

Our research is focused on the investigation of low dimensional electron systems at the atomic scale. The image shows a topological edge state of the weak topological insulator Bi14Rh3I9 (Nat. Phys. 11, 338 (2015).).
Pseudomagnetic fields of order 1000T have been produced by lifting graphene intentionally with an STM tip. The fields are probed by pseudospin polarization, i.e. the imbalance of electron density on the two sublattices (Nano Lett. (2017).).
The nodes responsible for the quantum mechanical distinction of different Landau levels have been spotted directly by fixing Landau level wave functions to a potential valley (Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 16803 (2017).).
Creation of edge free quantums dots in commensurate graphene on BN exhibiting orbital and valley splittings (Nano Lett. 16, 5798 (2016).).
Cartography of the Spin-Orbit-Interaction. Spatially resolved imaging of the Rashba parameter by scanning tunneling microscopy (Nat. Phys. 12, 920-925 (2016)).
Contact details of all members of our institute can be found here.
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II. Physikalisches Institut B, RWTH-Aachen University,
Physikzentrum Seffent-Melaten – Turm 28, 3rd floor
Otto-Blumenthal-Stra├če 18
52074 Aachen

Institute Director:

Prof. Dr. M. Morgenstern
Office: 28C 304 (3. Etage)
Phone: +49 241 80-27076
Fax: +49 241 80-22306
Mail: mmorgens@physik.rwth-aachen.de


Beate Nagel
Office: 28 C 301.2
Phone: +49 241 80 27075
Fax: +49 241 80 22306
Mail: nagel@physik.rwth-aachen.de