About Laboratory Condensed Matter (LSC)

Materials with new, functional properties are the scope of intense research, since they offer fascinating insights into fundamental interactions and hold promise for advanced technologies which is highly needed. In the future, artificially designed electronic systems providing complex or coupled functionalities will be indispensable. Understanding the electronic properties at different time and length scales is essential to advance in this field.

The SLS and the SwissFEL host world-leading capability in advanced materials spectroscopy ranging from photoemission spectroscopy, over spectromicroscopy to different X-ray absorption, scattering and diffraction techniques. These techniques enable to provide the society with fundamental knowledge needed for the next generation technologies.

The LSC laboratory is one of 6 laboratories within the Photonscience division (PSD). It operates 7 beamlines at the Swiss Light Source (SLS), one endstation at the SwissFEL and develops and provides the full instrumentation from source to detector and expertise in data analysis. The 6 groups within the LSC laboratory are responsible for the operation and user support and do research mostly in condensed matter physics.

LSC Organization

The LSC is composed out of 6 research groups, each of which operates one or more beamlines. The beamlines are built and operated for users as well as for in-house research.

Group Beamline Topic
Material science MS - Powder diffraction
MS - Surface diffraction
powder diffraction, nano-crystals, polymorphism.
Surface diffraction, interfaces, film growth, ...
Spectroscopy of novel materials SIS - ARPES
SIS - Cophee
Adress - RIXS
Adress- SX-ARPES
Angle resolved photoemission
Spin polarized photoemmission
Resonant inelastic x-ray scattering
soft x-ray angle resolved photoemmission
Microscopy & Magnetism SIM - PEEM
magnetic nano-structures, XMCD, ...
Multiferroics, resonant scattering, ....
XMCD, high magnetic fields, low temperatiures, molecular magnets, ...
Micro-spectroscopy PolLux
magnetization dynamics, self organized polymers
combination of scanning probe and x-ray spectroscopy
FEMTO Femto ultra-fast phase transitions
SwissFEL Bernina SwissFEL Bernina beyond-equilirium ultrafast phenomena in condensed matter
Photons for Engineering and Manufacturing user of various beamlines structural and mechanical properties of metals and alloys; Neutron-, Xray diffraction methods and computational simulation methods