Imaging and Surface Spectroscopy (IS)


The ILIS offers a unique combination of facilities for surface preparation and analysis. It thus represents a very attractive package for those interested in all aspects of surface science and technology in magnetic systems. Facilities include scanning probe microscopies, FIB for the lithography of nanostructures, SNOM, and electron spin noise STM.


Develop and apply advanced experimental methods to investigate the morphology, composition, electronic structure and magnetic response of surfaces

Other objectives

  • Provide access to molecularly-resolved techniques for surface analysis in nonroutine conditions: at low temperature, in a magnetic field, under irradiation.
  • Develop an efficient infrastructure network for surface chemistry and physics, covering all stages of surface preparation and analysis (substrate production, surface functionalization, surface imaging and spectroscopy).

EIMM Members Involved: INSTM, Satellite CNRS Est, CSIC, UVEG, CNR-INFM, Satellite CNRS IDF, UNIKARL

Knowledge & Expertise

The Imaging and Surface Spectroscopy Integrated Laboratory counts with researchers experienced in the many different aspects of surface science, including:
  • Production and pretreatment of substrates like ultraflat noble-metals and elemental or H-terminated silicon.
  • Surface nanostructuring by Focussed Ion Beam (FIB) and Dip-Pen Nanolithography (DPM); surface modification with functional molecules endowed with optical, magnetic and photonic properties, or sensing capabilities.
  • Comprehensive surface analysis by scanning probe, spectroscopic and diffraction techniques including Atomic Force, Scanning Tunneling and Magnetic Force Microscopies (AFM/STM/MFM), Auger, X-ray and Ultraviolet Photoelectron Spectroscopies (Auger/XPS/UPS), High Resolution Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy (HREELS), Attenuated Total Reflection Infrared Spectroscopy (ATR-IR) and Low Energy Electron Diffraction (LEED).
  • Advanced, high-resolution surface analysis at nonambient conditions: in high vacuum (HV), at low temperature (LT), with applied magnetic fields or under irradiation.
  • Aid in the interpretation of the results of surface analysis via theoretical calculations.

Areas of application

The knowledge base provided by this Integrated Laboratory affords facilities and transferable expertise to address problems in the following important areas:

  • Morphology of micro- and nano-structured materials
  • Data storage, magnetic and magneto-optical recording
  • Magnetic materials
  • Molecular electronics, Molecular spintronics, Molecular transistors
  • Organic light-emitting diodes
  • Catalysis
  • Adhesion
  • Sensing and molecular detectors
  • Biomaterials

For further information please see the brochure.