Experimental Condensed Matter Physics

Optimization of advanced optical materials in Prof. Fanchini's lab

Engineered materials, in the form of computer chips, optoelectronic devices, new polymers, and composites, are changing the world. Understanding and modifying their properties presents an exciting opportunity for physicists.

Western has an active group of faculty engaged in world-class materials research, using a comprehensive range of modern surface analytical resources, including the newly constructed Western Nanofabrication Facility.

Research Areas

  • ion beam modification of materials
  • photonic materials
  • soft and disordered condensed matter
  • biomaterials
  • semiconductor thin films
  • novel dielectrics
  • rheology
  • pattern formation

Instrumentation includes:

  • Tandetron accelerator, and gas-source Van Der Graaf accelerator, for implantation and beam-based analytical techniques
  • atomic force microscopy
  • variable-energy positron beam for defect analysis
  • focussed ion beam/scanning electron microscope
  • multi-photon confocal microscope
  • nanoscale patterning capability
  • molecular beam epitaxy
  • access to state-of-the-art time-of-flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy through Surface Science Western.

Faculty Researchers

Cross-Appointed Researchers