Max-Planck-Institut für Mikrostrukturphysik: Co quantum dots and Si nanowires

The MPI of Microstructure Physics ex­­plores phenomena of solid state physics and materials sciences which are determined by structural details ranging from micrometres down to atomic di­­men­­sions. Our main focus is on crystalline materials. We study the influence of crystal defects, surfaces and interfac­­es on the mechanical, optical, electronic, and magnetic properties of materials. There­­fore, highly re­solving electron optical devices are crucial for our work. Our research is the basis for novel or improved materials, components or technologies.

In the fabrication of thin magnetic layers, we use, for example, molecular beam epitaxy or laser ablation. The theoretical studies focus on magneto electronics, quantum effects on metal surfaces and spin-de­pen­dent transport phenomena.

Utilizing the latest methods of structuring, we can fabricate nanopore arrays with 50nm–500nm pore distances on a large scale. Wetting these structures allows the fabrication of nanorods and nano­­wires. We make essential contributions to photovoltaics research, such as thermographic defect analysis of solar cells and the study of thin layer systems.


  1. Address

    Weinberg 2
    D-06120 Halle
    Telefon +49 (0) 345 5582653
    Telefax +49 (0) 345 5511223
  2. Year of foundation

  3. Employees

    approximately 200 employees,
    including guest scientists
  4. Directors at the Institute

    Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kirschner
    (Magnetismus von dünnen Filmen und Nanostrukturen/
    Magnetism of thin films and nanostructures)

    Prof. Dr. Ulrich Gösele
    (Elektronische und optische Eigenschaften
    nanostrukturierter Festkörper)