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  • 19Sep

    The development of new materials for ICT is fundamental to innovation and energy efficiency for applications in low‑power and high‑power facilities. Research across the University of Cambridge on materials for ICT is cross‑disciplinary and encompasses the development of devices for information processing, storage, and communication. This CAMatNet meeting on Materials for ICT brings together groups in Cambridge working on this theme with a series of invited talks by world-leading specialists, with the aim of inspiring new ideas and collaborations.

    Registration is via eventbrite and it is free to attend:

    Meeting sponsors: Zeiss and AIXTRON

  • 18Sep

    Dr Hae Lin Jang of Harvard Medical School. All welcome.

  • 12Sep

    The Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge has recently installed a state-of-the-art time-resolved cathodoluminescence scanning electron microscopy system, funded by the EPSRC, which provides spatial resolution of the optoelectronic properties of materials down to 10 nm, and temporal resolution down to 30 ps. It operates at temperatures down to 10 K and at wavelengths from 200 nm to 1.7 μm. It also provides opportunities for electron beam induce current measurements. If you are interested in using the system, come and join us on 12th September to hear more about its capabilities.

    Sign up via Eventbrite, or contact Prof Rachel Oliver ( for more details:

  • 12Aug

    Professor Chennupati Jagadish is visiting the Department from the Australian National University.  All welcome.

  • 26Jun

    Chang-Min Lee. (25 minute talks + 5 minutes of questions). All welcome.

  • 18Jun

    The afternoon programme of talks begins at 1.45 (registration from 1.15 pm) at the Pippard Lecture Theatre, Department of Physics, Cavendish Laboratory, JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0HE. The Forum includes the award of the Armourers & Brasiers’ Materials Science Venture Prize and the 21st Kelly Lecture (Professor Yves Bréchet, Grenoble Institute of Technology).

  • 12Jun

    Guang Yang. (25 minute talks + 5 minutes of questions). All welcome.

  • 10Jun

    Prof. Andrei Rode (Laser Physics Centre, Australian National University)

    Ultrashort laser pulses focussed down to a micron-size spot subsurface of transparent materials can achieve energy densities on the order of MJ/cm3, resulting in solid-density plasma formation, followed by a microexplosion and shockwave compression of the surrounding substance. Subsequent rapid quenching leads to the formation and preservation of novel non-equilibrium material states.  Reaching extreme pressures is of fundamental interest for the formation of new material phases, and  also for the study of the Warm Dense Matter, reproducing the state of the cores of planets in table-top laboratory experiments.

    Ultrafast laser induced microexplosion in confined geometry has already demonstrated the potential to create and preserve new thermodynamically non-equilibrium state of matter such as bcc-Al [1] and two tetragonal phases of Si [2].  These new phases have been predicted to exist theoretically, but have never before observed in nature or in laboratory experiments.  In this talk I’ll present a new way for increasing the shock wave affected volume by using a micro-Bessel beam with a 100:1 aspect ratio [3,4]. The experimental results show an effective formation of voids when such a beam focused inside sapphire crystal, which is a clear indication of significantly increased efficiency of new phase formation when compared with the previous experiments with a Gaussian laser beam.  The results open up a new way for increasing the quantity of high-density/pressure phases and help to increase sensitivity in search of new phases using X-ray and electron diffraction analysis.

    [1] A. Vailionis, et al., “Evidence of superdense aluminium synthesized by ultrafast microexplosion”, Nat. Comm. 2, 445 (2011).
    [2] L. Rapp, et al., “Experimental evidence of new tetragonal polymorphs of silicon formed through ultrafast laser-induced confined microexplosion”, Nat. Comm. 6, 7555 (2015).
    [3] L. Rapp, et al., “High aspect ratio micro-explosions in the bulk of sapphire generated by femtosecond Bessel beams” Sci. Rep. 6, 34286 (2016).
    [4] E. G. Gamaly, A. V. Rode, “Ultrafast re-structuring of the electronic landscape of transparent dielectrics: new material states (Die-Met)”, Appl. Phys. A 124, 278 (2018).

  • 07Jun

    Dr Rylie Green, Imperial College London, Bioengineering Department.

    This seminar will be followed by tea, coffee, and biscuits at 4pm in the tearoom. 

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  • 05Jun

    Samer Kurdi. (25 minute talks + 5 minutes of questions). All welcome.