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 Centre for Photonics and Nanotechnology.
tandem ion 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.
Research areas include:
ion beam modification of materials
soft and disordered condensed matter
semiconductor thin films
We have extensive collaborations with industrial and government laboratories.