Growth of thin layers
Physically Natural Sciences

Growth of thin layers

How thin is actually thin? 1, 2, 3, or 10 atomic layers?

The smartphone in your pocket...
The properties of materials often depend on whether they are present as powders or as single crystals, or whether they are built up of only a few atomic layers.
Start 17:00 o'clock
End 00:00 o'clock

At a glance

Max-Planck-Institut für Chemische Physik fester Stoffe (MPI-CPfS)
Nöthnitzer Straße 40
01187 Dresden (Dresdner Süden)
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A functioning vacuum system for the thin-film deposition of gold (so-called molecular of gold (so-called molecular beam epitaxy). This system was built from exactly the same parts as we use them in our laboratory.
This type of equipment is used to produce the purest thin layers of material of the highest quality, such as those material layers of the highest quality, such as those found in today's cell phones. We use thin-film deposition for research into new types of research into new types of material systems, which are usually only a few atomic layers thick or which cannot be produced in any other way.

During the Long Night of Sciences, anyone can use a model of an MBE system to deposit "thin films".

Information on the event format

Experiment Presentation Participate and do it yourself Suitable for children

Venue information

English speaking / suitable for international guests Food and drinks available Suitable for children


Nöthnitzer Str.

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  • N8 (tram)
  • 3 (tram)

Regensburger Straße

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