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.
Year of foundation1992
Employeesapproximately 200 employees,
including guest scientists
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