NanoPhysics LAb

The NanoPhysics Lab (NPL) initiated its activities in 2001, and has steadily grown in terms of equipment and personnel ever since. In the context of experimental surface science, we study structural, electronic, magnetic and chemical properties of in-situ and ex-situ grown nanostructures. NPL aims at exploring relevant but yet-widely-unknown phenomena taking place at the surface of solid materials, such as the atomic-level control of on-surface chemical reactions and catalysis, the bottom-up fabrication of 1D or 2D functional materials, and also the growth of novel layered materials with potential application in state-of-the-art technology devices.

The NPL holds some of the most modern and complete set of surface-sensitive techniques and instrumentations, combined in a variety of multi-technique ultra-high-vacuum setups, and distributed in five different laboratory rooms. The group gathers permanent and non-permanent members of all renowned research institutions in San Sebastian, such as the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), the University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU), the Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC) and the Ikerbasque Foundation.

Recent publication

Single spin localization and manipulation in graphene open-shell nanostructures

Nature Communications

Recent publication

Electronic Properties of Transferable Atomically Thin MoSe2/h-BN Heterostructures Grown on Rh(111)

ACS Nano 2018, 12, 11161–11168

Recent publication

Plasmonics in Atomically-Thin Crystalline Silver Films


Historically, the surface science approach has revealed essential in the development of fine microelectronics devices that require structural quality at the atomic scale. In this work, we have applied the same surface-science philosophy to plasmonic systems, and have built-up a simple optical grating with atomically thin Ag films. The high structural quality achieved allows one to observe, for the first time, sharp plasmon resonances in the near-infrared region, which will pave the way to a number of accurate experiments and cutting-edge technologies in the field of nano-optics

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