LaTEST - Laboratory for Theoretical and Experimental Superconducting Tunnelling

Specific mission

Study of the coupling mechanism in unconventional superconductors through a joint experimental/theoretical approach. Study of innovative 2-dimensional materials, modulation of their properties by means of field effect (with the electrical double-layer technique) and characterization of relevant devices of potential technological interest . Study of the thermal conduction properties in graphene, graphene nanocomposites and graphene/self-assembled monolayer interfaces by means of scanning thermal microscopy

Main research topics

  • Experimental study and characterization of unconventional superconductors through measurements point-contact spectroscopy, AC susceptibility, resistivity.
  • Calculations of the electronic band structure by means of Density Functional Theory.
  • Theoretical study of unconventional superconductivity within the Eliashberg theory.
  • Study of the electric field effect with the electrical double layer technique on metals, superconductors, graphene and other 2D materials.
  • experimental study of graphene-based materials and nanocomposites by Scanning Thermal Microscopy.

Main partnerships

  • GAME (Group for Applied Materials and Electrochemistry), DISAT, Politecnico di Torino
  • multi-Scale ModeLing Laboratory – SmaLL, DENERG, Politecnico di Torino
  • A. Fina - Solar Fuels and Functional Materials for Smart Energy Systems Group, DISAT  - Politecnico di Torino  
  • GLANCE (Group: Glasses Ceramics and Composites), DISAT, Politecnico di Torino
  • E. Monticone, C. Portesi - Dispositivi quantistici e campione di tensione, INRIM, Torino, Italy
  • G. Profeta – Dipartimento di Scienze Fisiche e Chimiche, Università dell'Aquila, Italy
  • “Superconductivity: materials, mechanisms and technological transfer” group - SPIN-CNR, Genova, Italy
  • I. Tsukada, S. Komiya - Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI), Japan
  • T. Hatano, H. Ikuta - “Functional Materials Engineering” group, Nagoya University, Japan
  • Maeda Laboratory - Department of Basic Science, The University of Tokyo, Japan
  • A. C. Ferrari, Cambridge Graphene Centre, University of Cambridge, Uk
  • J. T. Ye, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Device Physics of Complex Materials — Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
  • W. Strupinski and I. Pasternak, Institute of Electronic Materials Technology, Warsaw, Poland
  • Laura H. Greene, Applied Superconductivity Center, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, USA
  • N. Zhigadlo - Laboratory for Solid State Physics, ETH Zurich, CH-8093 Zurich, Switzerland
  • A. Sanna - Max-Planck-Institut für Mikrostrukturphysik, Halle, Germany
  • V. A. Stepanov - P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute, Moscow, Russia
  • S. Lupi – Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Roma “La Sapienza”

Projects and publications

Reference laboratories

PhD, Post-docs and Grant researchers