Project A01: Scientific Reports 7

Topological guiding of elastic waves in phononic metamaterials based on 2D pentamode

A topological state with protected propagation of elastic waves is achieved by appropriately engineering a phononic metamaterial based on 2D pentamode structures in silicon. Gapless edge states in the designed structure, which are characterized by pseudospin-dependent transport, provide backscattering-immune propagation of the elastic wave along bend paths. The role of the states responsible for...

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Project CO2: Nanotechnology 2017

Superconducting properties of lithographic lead break junctions

We have fabricated mechanically controlled break junction samples made of lead (Pb) by means of state-of-the-art nanofabrication methods: electron beam lithography and physical vapour deposition. The electrical and magnetic properties were characterized in a  cryostat and showed a hard superconducting gap. Temperature and magnetic field dependence of tunnel contacts were compared and quantitatively described by including either...

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Project B02: Nanoscale 2017

Self-assembled monolayer field-effect transistors based on oligo-9,9'-dioctylfluorene phosphonic acids

The use of functional oligomers of π-conjugated oligofluorenes led to a region-selective assembly of amorphous monolayers which exhibit robust lateral charge transport pathways in self-assembled monolayer field-effect transistors over long distances and even in mixed monolayers of semiconducting and insulating molecules. This oligomer concept might stimulate a new molecular design of...

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Project B06: Phys. Rev. Lett. 2017

Holonomic Quantum Control by Coherent Optical Excitation in Diamond

Although geometric phases in quantum evolution are historically overlooked, their active control now stimulates strategies for constructing robust quantum technologies. Here, we demonstrate arbitrary single-qubit holonomic gates from a single cycle of nonadiabatic evolution, eliminating the need to concatenate two separate cycles. Our method varies the amplitude, phase, and detuning of a two-tone optical field to control the...

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Project C10: Phys. Rev. B 2017

Temperature scaling of the Dzyaloshinsky-Moriya interaction in the spin wave spectrum

The temperature scaling of the micromagnetic Dzyaloshinsky-Moriya exchange interaction is calculated from saturated to vanishing magnetization. We use Green's function theory to derive the finite-temperature spin wave spectrum of ferromagnetic systems described by a classical atomistic spin model Hamiltonian with temperature-independent parameters. Within this model, we find universal expressions for the...

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Project B08: Physical Review B 2017

Dispersion of the nonlinear suspectibility in gold nanoantennas

Femtosecond optical pulses tunable in the near infrared are exploited to drive third harmonic generation (THG) and incoherent multiphoton photoluminescence (MPPL) in gold plasmonic nanoantennas. By comparing the yield of the two processes concurrently occurring on the same nanostructure, we extract the coherent third-order response of the antenna. Its contribution is enhanced at shorter excitation wavelengths allowing the...

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Project A07: Appl. Phys. Lett. 2017

Strong 4-mode coupling of nanomechanical string resonators

We investigate mechanical mode coupling between the four fundamental flexural modes of two doubly clamped, high-Q silicon-nitride nanomechanical string resonators. Strong mechanical coupling between the strings is induced by the strain mediated via a shared clamping point, engineered to increase the exchange of oscillatory energy. One of the resonators is controlled dielectrically, which results in strong coupling between its...

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Project C04: Physical Review B 2017

Strong paramagnon scattering in single atom Pd contacts

Among all transition metals, palladium (Pd) has the highest density of states at the Fermi energy at low temperatures yet does not fulfill the Stoner criterion for ferromagnetism. However, close proximity to magnetism renders it a nearly ferromagnetic metal, which hosts paramagnons, strongly damped spin fluctuations. Here we compare the total and the differential conductance of monoatomic contacts consisting of single Pd and cobalt (Co)...

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Project C03: Physical Review B 2017

Charge-vibration interaction effects in normal-superconductor quantum dots

We study the quantum transport and the nonequilibrium vibrational states of a quantum dot embedded between a normal-conducting and a superconducting lead with the charge on the quantum dot linearly coupled to a harmonic oscillator of frequency ω. To the leading order in the charge-vibration interaction, we calculate the current and the nonequilibrium phonon occupation by the Keldsyh Green's function technique. We analyze...

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Project C13: Science 2017

Quantized Thermal Transport in Single Atom Junctions

Thermal transport in individual atomic junctions and chains is of great fundamental interest due to unique quantum effects expected to arise in them. Here, by employing novel, custom-fabricated, picowatt-resolution calorimetric scanning probes, we measure the thermal conductance of gold and platinum metallic wires down to single-atom junctions. Our work reveals that the thermal conductance of gold single atom junctions is quantized at room...

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