Overview LSC Groups


Material Sciences

The research focusses on condensed matter and materials science using hard x-ray diffraction. For this we use a variety of powder and surface diffraction techniques.
The group operates the MS beamline. Homepage Material Science Group
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Spectroscopy of Novel Materials Group

The group studies novel materials using ARPES (with VUV and soft x-rays) and RIXS. The materials presently investigated include high-temperature superconductors, low-dimensional magnets, conducting interfaces between oxide materials, quasi 2-dimensional materials, etc.

The group operates the SIS and ADRESS beamlines. Homepage Spectroscopy of Novel Materials Group

Microscopy and Magnetism Group

The Microscopy and Magnetism Group has a long experience in synchrotron based experiments in condensed matter physics. In particular we study electronic and magnetic properties of thin films, multilayers, and bulk systems of metals and oxides, 3d- and 4f - electron Systems employing techniques ranging from X-ray scattering and absorption experiments, pump probe techniques using femtosecond lasers to photoemission electron microscopy and photo electron spectroscopy/diffration.

The group operates the SIM and the X-Treme beamlines. Homepage Microscopy and Magnetism Group
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Micro-Spectroscopy Group

Th MicroSpectroscopy group uses x-rays focused to sub-micron sizes to do spectroscopy and microscopy of polymers and magnetic materials. In addition it develops novel instrumentation like the combination of an x-ray and a scanning probe microscope.

The group operates the PolLux and NanoXAS beamlines. Homepage Micro-Spectroscopy Group
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The group studies ultra-fast phenomena in solids using fs x-ray pulses for diffraction or spectroscopy. The phenomena investigated include ferroelectricity, ultra-fast magnetic phase transitions, and phonons in heavy elemts like Bi or Te.

The group operates the FEMTO endstation located at the MicroXAS beamline. Homepage FEMTO
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SwissFEL Bernina

The Bernina group works on experimental studies of beyond-equilirium ultrafast phenomena in condensed matter.

It develops and operates the Bernina Instrument of SwissFEL, which is presently under commissioning and performing first pilot experiments. Homepage SwissFEL Bernina
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Photons for Engineering and Manufacturing

The group performs research on structural and mechanical properties of metals and alloys. The approach is largely based on a combination of neutron and Xray diffraction methods with conventional experimental characterization techniques and computational simulation methods. The group is closely linked to the Laboratory for Neutrons and Xrays for Mechanics of Materials (NXMM), of the Institut des Matériaux at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) through its head Prof. Dr. Helena Van Swygenhoven. Homepage Photons for Engineering an Manufacturing