3rd SPM User Meeting Zurich

This year's Zurich Instruments SPM User Meeting will be hosted by Prof. Christian Degen at the ETH Zurich. Join us in April for this 2-day event ‘on top of Zurich’ at the Hoenggerberg campus to share knowledge with other ZI users and expand the community of Zurich Instruments super-users in the field of SPM & Magnetism.

This year's focus is on the measurement of magnetic properties at the nanoscale. Topics will include

  • Nano-MRI
  • Spin-Polarized STM
  • Multiferroics materials
  • Skyrmions
  • NV Centers

The User Meeting will comprise high-level scientific talks from international speakers, practical tutorials, ETH lab tours and a social event.

When: Thursday 25th and Friday 26th of April 2019

Venue: the Siemens Auditorium, HIT building at the Hoenggerberg campus of the ETH Zürich (link to map)

Invited Speakers


All talks will take place in the Siemens Auditorium.

Thursday April 25

9:00 - 9:30 Greetings & Registration - Siemens Auditorium Foyer
9:30 - 10:00 Romain Stomp, Zurich Instruments The multifaceted instrument: many modes for many probes
10:00 - 10:30 Christian Degen & Alex Eichler, ETH Zurich A membrane-based AFM platform
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break - Foyer HIT G Floor
11:00 - 11:30 Martino Poggio, Universität Basel New scanning probes for nanomagnetic imaging
11:30 - 12:00 Lukas Eng, TU Dresden Seeing is believing – inspecting Bloch-, Néel- and Anti-Skyrmions by non-contact force microscopy
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch break - Siemens Auditorium Foyer
13:00 - 14:00 Lab Tour - Department of Physics, ETH Zurich
14:00 - 14:30 Tino Wagner, ETH Zurich Measurement of electrostatic tip–sample interactions by time-domain Kelvin probe force microscopy
14:30 - 15:00 Jason Kilpatrick, University College Dublin Nanoscale electrical measurements in liquids using advanced KPFM techniques
15:00 - 15:30 Iaroslav Gaponenko, Université de Genève Unraveling the physical behaviour of humidity-mediated surface charge dissipation on ferroelectric surfaces through machine learning
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee break - Foyer HIT G Floor
16:00 - 16:30 Gabriel Puebla-Hellmann, QZabre, Zurich Starting up scanning NV microscopy
16:30 - 17:30 Parallel Tutorial Sessions Topic 1 and Topic 2 (HIT F11.1 & HIT F 12)
17:30 - 19:00 Poster Session - Foyer HIT G Floor
19:00 - 19:30 Scenic Walk to the Restaurant
19:30 Dinner - Restaurant Die WAID

Friday April 26

9:00 - 9:30 Fabian Natterer, Universität Zürich Methods for spin-polarized and electron spin resonance STM
9:30 - 10:00 Pietro Gambardella, ETH Zurich Time- and spatially-resolved magnetization dynamics driven by electric currents
10:00 - 10:30 Tjerk Oosterkamp, Leiden University MRFM with low stiffness high Q mechanical resonators at cryogenic temperatures: Is there a limit for the ZI-PLL?
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break - Foyer HIT G Floor
11:00 - 12:00 Parallel Tutorial Sessions - Topic 1 and Topic 3 (HIT F11.1 & HIT F 12)
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch Break - Restaurant Bella Vista
13:30 - 14:00 Simon Diesch, Universität Konstanz Scanning tunneling spectroscopy to probe odd-triplet contributions to the long-ranged proximity effect caused by spin-active interfaces
14:00 - 14:30 Thomas Ihn, ETH Zurich Scanning gate microscopy in a viscous electron fluid
14:30 - 15:30 Parallel Tutorial Sessions - Topic 2 and Topic 3 (HIT F11.1 & HIT F 12)
15:30 - 16:30 Closing remarks - Transfer to Zurich Instruments
16:30 Zurich Instruments Company Tour (Optional)

Tutorial Sessions

Topic 1 Detection
  • Principle of phase sensitive measurements & feedback loops
  • Optimisation of PLL & AGC for NC-AFM operation
  • Sideband detection with KPFM as an example
Topic 2 Generation
  • Principle of IQ generation with AWG
  • Pump-probe experiment applied to KPFM & Switching-Spectroscopy PFM
  • Multi-channel AWG for NV-center and MRFM application
Topic 3 Acquisition
  • Principle of server-based APIs
  • Example of python script for data polling
  • Scan engine synchronisation with DAQ, image generation and file format

Download the Program as PDF


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