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News 08.08.2019
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New PhD position


Im Rahmen des von der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft geförderten Exzellenzclusters „Materie und Licht für Quanteninformation ML4Q“ bietet unsere Arbeitsgruppe ab sofort eine Doktorandenstelle an. Hier erhalten Sie weitere Informationen.

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Benedikt Frohn attended the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Benedikt Frohn attended the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting dedicated to physics. The 580 students from 89 countries had the opportunity to discuss among each other and with the 39 Nobel Laureates. During best weather on the beautiful island of Lindau the students consisting of undergraduates, PhD students and post-doctoral researchers had plenty of possibilities to interact with the Nobel Laureates.

Benedikt Frohn says about the meeting: “It was a remarkable experience. The passion for science was ubiquitous and connected students and Laureates. They inspired me to go beyond the boundaries of today’s knowledge. I took a renewed motivation, a broadened scientific horizon and many new friendships home with me.”

Benedikt together with Piotr Kapuściński from CNRS in France and Rebekka Garreis from ETH Zurich in Switzerland won the poster prize at this years "Graphene Study 2019" making it possible to attend the Lindau meeting. In particular, the Graphene Flagship made this possible through a collaboration started this year with the Lindau meeting's organizers. Graphene and 2D materials were also a repeatedly discussed topic with Konstantin Novoselov giving a talk about "Materials of the Future" as well as a Science Breakfast were Graphene Flagship Director Jari Kinaret, Klaus von Klitzing and Novoselov spoke. Here the students had the opportunity to join the discussions and share their ideas about the future materials.

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Foto/Credit: Patrick Kunkel/Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

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New Publication: Imaging Dirac fermions flow through a circular Veselago lens


Phys. Rev. B 100, 041401(R)(2019)
Graphene charge carriers behave as relativistic massless fermions, thereby exhibiting a variety of counterintuitive behaviors. In particular, at p-n junctions, they behave as photons encountering a negative index media, therefore experiencing a peculiar refraction known as Veselago lensing. However, the way Dirac fermions flow through a Veselago lens remains largely unexplored experimentally. Here, an approach to create a movable and tunable circular p-n junction in graphene is proposed, using the polarized tip of a scanning gate microscope. Scanning the tip in the vicinity of a graphene constriction while recording the device conductance yields images related to the electron flow through a circular Veselago lens, revealing a high current density in the lens core, as well as two low current density zones along the transport axis. Tight-binding simulations reveal the crucial role of the p-n junction smoothness on these phenomena. The present research adds dimensions in the control and understanding of Dirac fermions optical elements, a prerequisite to engineer relativistic electron optics devices.

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New Publication: Spin States Protected from Intrinsic Electron-Phonon-Coupling Reaching 100 ns Lifetime at Room Temperature in MoSe2


Nano Lett. 19, 4083(2019)
We present time-resolved Kerr rotation measurements, showing spin lifetimes of over 100 ns at room temperature in monolayer MoSe2. These long lifetimes are accompanied by an intriguing temperature-dependence of the Kerr amplitude, which increases with temperature up to 50 K and then abruptly switches sign. Using ab initio simulations, we explain the latter behavior in terms of the intrinsic electron–phonon coupling and the activation of transitions to secondary valleys. The phonon-assisted scattering of the photoexcited electron–hole pairs prepares a valley spin polarization within the first few ps after laser excitation. The sign of the total valley magnetization, and thus the Kerr amplitude, switches as a function of temperature, as conduction and valence band states exhibit different phonon-mediated intervalley scattering rates. However, the electron–phonon scattering on the ps time scale does not provide an explanation for the long spin lifetimes. Hence, we deduce that the initial spin polarization must be transferred into spin states, which are protected from the intrinsic electron–phonon coupling, and are most likely resident charge carriers, which are not part of the itinerant valence or conduction band states.

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New Publication: A corner reflector of graphene Dirac fermions as a phonon-scattering sensor


Nat. Commun. 10, 2428 (2019)
Dirac fermion optics exploits the refraction of chiral fermions across optics-inspired Klein-tunneling barriers defined by high-transparency p-n junctions. We consider the corner reflector (CR) geometry introduced in optics or radars. We fabricate Dirac fermion CRs using bottom-gate-defined barriers in hBN-encapsulated graphene. By suppressing transmission upon multiple internal reflections, CRs are sensitive to minute phonon scattering rates. Here we report on doping-independent CR transmission in quantitative agreement with a simple scattering model including thermal phonon scattering. As a signature of CRs, we observe Fabry-Pérot oscillations at low temperature, consistent with single-path reflections. Finally, we demonstrate high-frequency operation which promotes CRs as fast phonon detectors. Our work establishes the relevance of Dirac fermion optics in graphene and opens a route for its implementation in topological Dirac matter.

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Supporting SciPost


Christoph Stampfer became an Editorial Fellow at SciPost, joining the Editorial College (Physics).

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Düsseldorf Marathon 28.04.2019

After several months of preparation our Institute was ready to line up at another big sports competition - the Düsseldorf Marathon 2019. Together with over 20000 other runners and the best weather conditions Markus Müller (1:35:59) and Benedikt Frohn (1:42:39) went for the 21.1km half Marathon distance while Michael Schmitz successfully finished the full 42.2km Marathon in 2:59:33. Gratulations!

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Powerman Alsdorf 14.04.2019

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In the early sunday morning the at freezing temperatures and snow fall, our colleagues Michael Schmitz and Samuel Möller took part in the Powerman Alsdorf Duathlon together with over 700 other athletes. Competing in the relay race they had to alternately run, bike and run 10KM/60KM/10KM. With splits of 36:42, 1:34:02 and 37:27 and a total time of 2:50:20 they distanced by far all other relay competitors and took the first place. Gratulations!

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