The LAIR works to build an understanding of how electrons, spins, phonons and photons interact in matter from the atomic scale up using advanced scanning probe microscopy tools. This understanding will pave the way for next generation materials
At the UBC Laboratory for Atomic Imaging Research we apply the tools of Scanning Probe Microscopy to develop a deep understanding of new materials for information and energy technologies, ranging from correlated electron systems to nanoscale materials for organic solar cells. We are actively developing new instrumentation and methods to expand our capabilities and understanding of physics at the atomic length scale. Our combination of tools, expertise, and an advanced facility provide us with unique glimpses into the world of electrons in Quantum Materials
The LAIR itself is in a state-of-the-art facility for Scanning Probe Microscopy. This facility was specially designed to create independent extreme low-vibration environments for each of our instruments. Each independent ‘pod’ features acoustic isolation provided by 30cm thick concrete walls, specialized acoustic doors, sound absorbing materials throughout, and floating inertial floor pads of 80 tonnes, 36 tonnes and 22 tonnes. The reduced noise environment provides us with extreme long term stability for long-run spectroscopic experiments, better signal to noise in all of our data, and smoother operation of the instruments. The low vibration environments house our three low-temperature ultrahigh vacuum SPM instruments, each with distinct capabilities, allowing for the study of a wide range of materials and phenomena.