Atomic Interactions Lab

What would you build today?

In our group, we are trying to understand how matter receives her properties from the interactions among individual atoms. Since the number of atoms in common matter is overwhelmingly huge, we build artificial quantum matter from scratch, one atom at a time. This allows us to monitor exactly when certain new properties emerge and we then use that knowledge to steer the emergence of interesting quantum behavior. 



We use advanced scanning probe microscopy (SPM) techniques to study the properties of quantum materials ranging from 2D systems to artificially designed arrays built from interacting atoms. We utilize our SPM to characterize quantum matter via tunneling spectroscopy, time-resolved pump-probe methods, SPM based electron spin resonance, electron-luminescence, and quasiparticle interference imaging. We also develop novel measurement techniques based on compressive sensing and nonlinear spectroscopy to fundamentally speed-up QPI measurements.

Want to join?

We are always looking for motivated Bachelor and Master students who are eager to learn about single atom magnets or want to use and develop advanced SPM techniques to interrogate artificial quantum matter for its quirky properties. 

While we presently have no more funding for PhD students or Postdocs, we keep an eye out for third party funding and may consider reviewing CV's in special circumstances.

Group Picture October 2021

Group Picture Fall 2022
Danyang Liu (PhD), Carolina Marques (Postdoc), Johannes Schwenk (visiting postdoc), Berk Zengin (PhD), Aleš Cahlík (Postdoc), Cinja Müller (MSc), Fabian Natterer (PI)
Group Picture from October 2021Group Natterer Fall 2021

Danyang Liu (PhD), Fabian Natterer (PI), Berk Zengin (PhD), Ales Cahlik (Postdoc), Jens Oppliger (MSc)


Group Picture from October 2020

Group Picture October 2020

Berk Zengin (PhD), Kevin Hauser (visiting PhD), Danyang Liu (PhD), Fabian Natterer (PI), Nicolas Bachellier (Postdoc), Lorena Niggli (MS Student), Jens Oppliger (MS Student), Pascal Rothebuehler (BS Student)

Group Picture from October 2019
Group Natterer, October 2019

Danyang Liu, Jens Oppliger, Fabian Natterer, Nicolas Bachellier, Lorena Niggli


Group Picture from July 2019Group Photo July 2019Fabian Natterer, Lorena Niggli, Alana Gudinas, Jens Oppliger