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Nanoscale Surface Structure and Dynamics

Thursday 11th October 2018 | Lounge South, Ricoh Arena, Coventry, CV6 6GE

Introduction

Investigating the structure and dynamics of surfaces with high spatial and / or temporal resolution is a rich field of fundamental science with strong technological implications.  A detailed understanding of the nanoscale structure and dynamics of surfaces lies at the heart of innovation in areas as diverse as materials growth and self-assembly; nanoscale control of the electronic and magnetic properties of materials (which increasingly includes control at the quantum level); and chemical processes such as catalysis and sensing.  Cutting edge developments in instrumentation and analysis techniques have always underpinned our ability to probe ever smaller and faster; e.g., the invention of the scanning tunnelling microscope (STM) provided the capability to “see” individual atoms, while the invention of quasi-elastic helium atom scattering (QHAS) provided the ability to probe dynamics at surfaces with picosecond time resolution.

This symposium is composed of six invited talks from national and international leaders in the field of nanoscale structure and dynamics of surfaces utilising a range of techniques from He atom scattering, to scanning probe, to synchrotron radiation.

The symposium will serve as a platform for the award of the 2018 BVC Senior Prize and John Yarwood Memorial Medal to Dr William Allison of University of Cambridge for his contributions to understanding the structure and dynamics of surfaces using Helium Atom Scattering techniques. The British Vacuum Council (BVC) was founded in 1959 and is the national representative vacuum body for Britain and Ireland affiliated to the International Union for Vacuum Science, Technique and Applications (IUVSTA).

Programme

09:00  Registration opens in the atrium

09:50  Opening and Prize Presentation

10:00  JOHN YARWOOD MEMORIAL MEDAL TALK
Low-energy Atoms for Spectroscopy and Microscopy of Surfaces
Bill Allison, University of Cambridge

10:25  Controlling and measuring the rotational orientation of molecules in surface scattering experiments
Gil Alexandrowicz, Technion—Israel Institute of Technology

10:50  Tea /  Coffee

11:10  Chiral Surfaces – Pathways to Enantioselectivity
Georg Held, University of Reading

11:35  STM instigation and control over a single molecule reaction
Peter Sloan, University of Bath

12:00  Lunch Break | POSTER SESSION
A poster prize will be awarded at 13:30 for the best poster

14:00  Modern applications of normal incidence X-ray standing waves
David Duncan, Diamond Light Source

14:25  Manipulating neutral helium atom beams for spatial and dynamical resolution, delivering instruments for nanoscience and understanding contrast formation
David Ward, University of Cambridge

14:50  Close

15:00  Exhibition open until 16:00

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