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2 March2015The Positron Group has published (PNAS magazine) an advanced study on amorphous indium-gallium-zinc-oxide (IGZO) semiconductors in collaboration with the Group of Tobin Marks and Antonio Facchetti of the Northwestern University. In this work is demonstrated that the new coating technique, spray-combustion synthesis (SCS), produces IGZO films at low temperatures and in shorter times compared to the conventional sputtering technique. The properties of the IGZO films made by SCS, such as thickness, densification, nanoporosity, electron mobility, trap densities and bias stress stability, are at the same level of the sputtered films. It also determines the conditions of density and porosity that allow films with a good performance.
Thin film transistors (TFT) IGZO has 50× higher electron mobility than amorphous silicon, which has often been used in displays (for smartphones, tablets, PCs, TVs, etc.). As a result, IGZO-TFT can improve the speed, resolution and size of flat-panel displays. It is thus considered to be one of the most promising TFT for use in organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays.
28 July2014The AEgIS collaboration at CERN has demonstrated a method to measure a very small deflection of an antimatter beam (smaller than the thickness of a human hair). The method has been tested by measuring the deviation of an antiproton beam (with the participation of a the Positron annihilation spectroscopy group). The research is published in Nature Communications.
23 June2014The generation of two complementary spin-up and spin-down electron populations can be obtained by illuminating a semiconductor through a patterned metal mask as shown in the Nature Materials paper by an L-NESS-Physics Department and CNR team
12 May2014The fabrication of germanium-based modulators, detectors and waveguides on a silicon wafer offers an attractive platform for on-chip interconnects: the Silicon Photonics group of the University Paris Sud, in collaboration with the SiGe group, publishes in Nature Photonics.

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13 May2013The SiGe group is featured on TG Leonardo, reporting on the work recently published in Nature Photonics.
2 May2013Nanobiotechnology experiments of controlled transport of nano-beads and release in cellular entities have been performed by Riccardo Bertacco and Daniela Petti of the NaBiS group on Geo Scienza on the italian TV channel RAI3.
15 Apr2013Germanium is the laser material of the future
Researchers at the Politecnico together with the ETH Zurich and the Paul Scherrer Institute (Switzerland) have demonstrated how germanium can be transformed into a laser material. By making micro-bridges of germanium in which the reduction of the cross-section of the bridge at a constriction concentrates the pre-existing thermal stress left behind by the growth process, the bandgap is modified in a way which turns germanium into an efficient light emitter.
The research is published in Nature Photonics
10 Sep2012Built-in germanium lasers could make computer chips faster - research on material produced by the SiGe epitaxy group published in Physical Review Letters in collaboration with the PSI and ETH Zürich in Switzerland, highlights the conditions under which a germanium laser could be realized.
03 Aug2012Graphene logic gates realized by the Nanoscale Device Group have been featured in NanotechWeb and PhysicsWorld
24 Jul2012The Positron Group has published an advanced study on Hybrid Solar Cells in collaboration with the IIT (Italian Institute of Technology).
Hybrid solar cells are a combination of organic and inorganic materials. This new generation of thin-film is based on a very favourable price/performance ratio and the possibility to manufacture flexible and large-area modules. Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy using a variable-energy positron beam has been employed for the first time in this field in order to obtain depth-resolved data to study the infiltration of a conductive polymer (P3HT) into a mesoporous skeleton of titania. It has been possible to understand the reason of the improvement the device performance by engineering the hybrid interface using an inexpensive and transparent interlayer (4-mercaptopyridine).
19 June2012The SuperFOx conference, organized by the Spintronics group, has been held in Como, 19-22th June 2012.
8 Jun2012High-speed germanium quantum well modulator - Using high germanium content compounds is a promising approach to obtain efficient, high-speed modulation.
4 May2012X-ray diffraction maps uniaxial strain in a single nanostructure, work performed at ESRF beamline ID13 as a collaboration between the Nanoscale Device and SiGe epitaxy groups
2 May2012The Spintronic group reported in Advanced Materials the first demonstration of Ge-based spin-photodiodes for integrated electrical detection of the polarization of light.
Operation of the Ge-based spin photodiode
16 Mar2012The SiGe epitaxy group makes the cover of Science for its work on Scaling Hetero-Epitaxy from Layers to Three-Dimensional Crystals in collaboration with the ETH Zürich, the Università di Milano-Bicocca and the Centre Suisse d'Electronique et de Microtecnique at Neuchâtel
Communicato stampa: Materiali perfetti? Ecco come ottenerli

The cover of the 16th March issue of Science, featuring Ge crystals grown by LEPECVD on Si pillars. The growth was carried out at the L-NESS by Claudiu Falub, visiting from the ETH Zürich, and this scanning-electron microscopy image was taken by Claudiu at the ETHZ FIRST laboratory.
23 Dec2011A graphene voltage amplifier realized by the Nanoscale Device Group has been featured in NanotechWeb
3 Nov2011Dal Nobel al mercato: il grafene parla italiano (in Italian) - collaboration between the Nanoscale Device Group and Directa Plus
14 Apr2011The Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy group featured in Così faremo volare davvero la nave di Star Trek da Como (in Italian) - video
9 Nov2010Nanoribbons make good memories
1 Sep2010The GREEN Silicon FET-Proactive EU Project begins, with the SiGe epitaxy group playing a fundamental role
31 Aug2010L'iPhone e la Wii parlano anche comasco (in Italian)
6 Apr2010Spintronics wins Cariplo grant for SpinBioMed
18 Jan2010New L-NESS website goes online
1 Nov2009The 8th ESPS-NIS will be held in Como, 14-18th June 2010
7 Apr2008Il Sole 24 ORE visit the L-NESS

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