ASTRID2 synchrotron light source at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University in Aarhus, Denmark. Further information available on the ISA webpage.

The miniaturisation of electronic devices and the emergence of materials with interfaces at the nano- and micro-meter length scales are calling for new approaches to study the electronic properties of these increasingly complex systems. We are setting up a new facility at the SGM4 beamline of the ASTRID2 synchrotron light source in Aarhus, Denmark, which will provide access to the electronic structure of such materials by employing angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy with a submicron light spot (nanoARPES). See a rendering of the experiment to the left.

The small focus is achieved using an achromatic capillary, which simultaneously provides a high photon flux and preservers the photon energy tunability of the beamline. Our ultra-high vacuum (UHV) end-station will contain a deflection-based hemispherical electron analyzer and an internal microscope stage that incorporates piezo-based motion control with 11-degrees of freedom in order to position the capillary and sample while allowing for cryogenic cooling of samples and electrically contacting devices.
The major new science opportunities enabled by this facility include in-operando spectroscopy of functional devices and probing fundamental interactions in atomically thin custom-made quantum materials. The system will generally enable photoemission from samples with very small feature sizes, on the nano- and microscopic length scales.

The videos and images below present milestones and timelapse photography for the SGM4 beamline and end-station construction process.

Our rotating system in action
All 11-degrees of freedom in action in UHV
Stage with optics and sample holder complete
Struts installed for fine alignment of microscope stage

First measurements with our SPECS Phoibos 150 SAL, demonstrating the deflection capability of several lens modes. Here, scans are shown of bilayer graphene on silicon carbide around the corner of the Brillouin zone:

High Angular Dispersion (6 degree view)
Low Angular Dispersion (14 degree view)
Wide Angle Mode (30 degree view)
First test of all 11 degrees of freedom on our custom piezo manipulator from SmarAct
Timelapse of construction in the end-station area
Timelapse of the beamline section facing towards the end-station side
Timelapse of the beamline section facing towards the synchrotron
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