Semiconductor Nanostructures “Lendület” Research Group

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Welcome to the Adam Gali group at Wigner Research Centre for Physics Our group’s research focuses on theoretical and experimental characterization of point defects in semiconductors and semiconductor nanostructures. We are developing and implementing new techniques for introducing dopants and defects in semiconductor (nano)structures, and studying their properties by experimental and theoretical spectroscopy tools.

We are looking for an experienced and ambitious researcher with a background in optically detected magnetic resonance (ODMR) techniques to study solid state qubits. This is a Postdoc job that can be turned to tenure track position for qualified researchers. Email your CV to Adam Gali!

We combine heat combustion, ion or neutron irradiation, colloid chemistry and related techniques to fabricate semiconductor nanostructures. Our focus is on silicon carbide to realize ultimate in vivo bioimaging agents. We are active in the field of computational materials science and has a large experience in using density functional theory (DFT) based methods in solids and nanostructures. The group leader started to apply advanced hybrid density functional theory methods on defects in bulk and nanostructured semiconductors already from 2002. From 2005 the GW method was also applied. Advanced time-dependent DFT (TDDFT) has been employed to determine the absorption spectrum of nanoclusters since 2008. These theories were utilized directly to defect engineering in bulk semiconductors and in their oxide interface, biomarkers, solid state quantum bits and spintronics, solar cells and related topics.


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Facilities & Support


Group meeting in 2017 December
Group leader
Adam Gali
Postdoc fellows
Zoltán Bodrog
Dávid Beke
Viktor Ivády
Bálint Somogyi
Gergő Thiering
Philipp Auburger
Anton Pershin
Hanen Hamdi
Vladimir Verkhovlyuk
Graduate students
Gyula Károlyházy
Péter Udvarhelyi
András Csóré
Naina Mukesh
Undergraduate students
Balázs Juhász
János Tamási
Mihály Mátyás Rudolf
Laboratory Assistants
Péter Rózsa
István Balogh
Ádám Viszoki
Szabolcs Czene


Our group member, Viktor Ivády, has been honored by receiving the Premium Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Congratulations!

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We use density-functional theory calculations to see if other group-IV elements—namely, germanium, tin, and lead—in a vacancy center exhibit similar optical properties to silicon but with improved spin properties that permit an economical cooling system. We develop a new theory for understanding the interaction of light and magnetic fields with these color centers, and we explore how the dynamical motion of the atoms strongly affects the magneto-optical properties of the color center. By combining our theory with density-functional theory calculations, we find that lead-vacancy color centers should have favorable optical and spin properties for operating at room temperature.

Phys. Rev. X 8, 021063 (2018). DOI:10.1103/PhysRevX.8.021063

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Our ab initio simulations determined the magneto-optical properties of the neutral divacancy in silicon carbide that contributed to understanding its qubit operation carried out by Prof. David D. Awschalom group.

Phys. Rev. X 7, 021046 (2017). DOI:10.1103/PhysRevX.7.021046


Our ab initio study identified the nitrogen terminated (111) diamond surface to host shallow nitrogen-vacancy centers for quantum sensing. In cooperation with Alex Retzker we showed, that special quantum simulations can be carried out with the nitrogen nuclear spins in this system

Nano Letters 17 (4), pp 2294-2298. (2017) DOI:10.1021/acs.nanolett.6b05023

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We investigated the electron-phonon coupling in small diamond cages called diamondoids. These quantum systems are mostly modelled within the Born-Oppenheimer approximations, where the coupling between the electrons and vibration modes is not fully taken into account. In our study we shown that the severe electron-phonon coupling is a key point to properly describe the overall lineshape of the experimental photoemission spectrum. Our method goes beyond the typical Born-Oppenheimer approximation, where the electrons are pure electron-like quasi-particles. In our model, we deduced a link between the many-body perturbation approach of the electron-phonon coupling and the well-known Jahn-Teller effect.

Nature Communications 7: 11327. (2016). DOI:10.1038/ncomms11327