NAUTILUS experimental set-up

NAUTILUS is an experimental facility dedicated to surface and materials science.

The main topics studied at NAUTILUS are 2D materials, surface covalent organic frameworks, plasma facing components for nuclear fusion, hybrid organic/inorganic interfaces, …

The facility consists of 5 interconnected chambers that meet ultra-high vacuum conditions (base pressure: 10-10 mbar) and is described as follows:

  • 1 preparation chamber for sample cleaning and preparation equipped with:
    • Ion source ISE-10 (Scienta-Omicron)
    • E-beam evaporator EFM-3T (Scienta-Omicron)
    • EFM-H hydrogen source (Scienta-Omicron)
    • Mass spectrometer (HIDDEN)
    • Low Energy Electron Diffraction (LEED) apparatus (Scienta-Omicron)
    • a heating system (radiative heating or by electron bombardment)
  • 1 chamber for the deposition of organic material equipped with:
    • a 3-cell evaporator (KENTAX)
    • a quartz-crystal microbalance (Inficon).
  • 1 chamber for scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) measurments equipped with:
    • a VT-STM microscope (Scienta-Omicron)
  • 1 chamber for high-resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS) studies equipped with:
    • a HREEL spectrometer DELTA0.5 allowing a resolution down to 3-4 meV
  • 1 chamber for photoelectron spectroscopy studies (XPS and UPS) equipped with
    • RS 40B1 X-ray source (PREVAC) consisting of a double anode (Al / Mg) X-ray source
    • HIS13 UV source (Scienta-Omicron)
    • an R3000 electron spectrometer equipped with an MCP detector and a CCD camera for angle-resolved (AR) measurements (Scienta-Omicron)
    • an FS 40A1 flood source (PREVAC) for charge neutralization
    • an IS 40C1 ion source (PREVAC)

recent related publications

  • F. Taccogna, …et al., “Latest experimental and theoretical advances in the production of negative ions in caesium-free plasmas”, Eur. Phys. J. D 75 (2021) 227
  • E. Salomon, M. Minissale, F. Romero Lairado, S. Coussan, P. Rousselot-Pailley, F. Dulieu, and T. Angot, “Pyrene adsorption on a Ag(111) surface”, J. Phys. Chem. C 125 (2021) 11166
  • Pardanaud, C. et al., ”Post-mortem analysis of tungsten plasma facing components in tokamaks: Raman microscopy measurements on compact, porous oxide and nitride films and nanoparticles”, Nuclear Fusion 60 (2020) 086004
  • A. Cassidy, S. Pedersen, H. Bluhm, V. Calisti, T. Angot, E. Salomon, R. Bisson, L. Hornekær, “Patterned formation of enolate functional groups on the graphene basal plane”, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 20 (2018) 28370
  • N. Kalashnyk, E. Salomon, S. H. Mun, J. Jung, L. Giovanelli, T. Angot, F. Dumur, D. Gigmes, S. Clair, “The Orientation of Silver Surfaces Drives the Reactivity and the Selectivity in Homo-coupling Reactions”, ChemPhysChem 19 (2018) 1802
  • M. Ezawa, E. Salomon, P. De Padova, D. Solonenko, P. Vogt, M. E. Dávila, A. Molle, T. Angot, and G. Le Lay, “Silicene, germanene, stanene: fundamentals as 2D topological insulators, realizations and functionalities”, La Rivista del Nuevo Cimento 41 (2018) 175
  • N. Kalashnyk, K. Mouhat, J. Oh, J. Jung, Y. Xie, E. Salomon, T. Angot, F. Dumur, D. Gigmes, S. Clair, “On-surface synthesis of aligned functional nanoribbons monitored by scanning tunnelling microscopy and vibrational spectroscopy”, Nat. Commun. 8 (2017) 14735

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