Project Title: Growth of Topological Insulator Nanostructures
Project Description: A topological insulator is a material that behaves as an insulator in its bulk but conducts currents on its surfaces. A simple analogy is a bi-layer system where graphene layers are placed on top of ceramic substrates. However, the performance of a topological insulator system is far beyond that of the graphene because of the unique spin transport. In this project, the student will set up a vacuum tube furnace and grow topological insulator nanostructures through a vapor-solid process. The nanostructure will be used for a variety of nanoelectronic devices, such as high mobility transistors.
Anticipated Student Tasks and Responsibilities: Set up tube furnaces, optimize growth conditions, grow topological insulator nanostructures, and fabrication of nanodevices by e-beam lithography.
Qualifications: The student should have a background on material science and semiconductor physics.
Appropriate Student Majors or Programs: Electrical Engineering (EE); Materials Science
Hours of Work Offered Per Week: 10-20
Undergraduate Research Assistant Position For: Year-round
Paid or Unpaid: Paid
Professor: Faxian Xiu
How to Apply: Send resume and transcript (unofficial transcript is okay).