Our research is within the field of solid state/materials physics, and our main tool is the Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM). In a TEM, the electron beam can serve as nanoscale probe of electronic and optical response of the material, as well as structural and chemical properties.
Such studies are of increasing importance in the materials physics community as more effort is being directed at creating new, nanostructured materials with specific functional properties. We use this to gain key insights in developing new photovoltaic devices and thermoelectric materials and devices. This approach requires specialized hardware and development of competence in new approaches to data analysis and interpretation This has been built up in the past several years through NORTEM and in closed collaboration with the Semiconductor Physics Group and SINTEF.