Welcome to the Allan Lab

News: Our group will move to the University of Munich (LMU)! During the next two years, we will build up a “Lehrstuhl” (chair) at LMU and we will slowly move our instruments to Munich. We will be looking for PhD students, sub-group leaders, postdocs, engineering/technical stuff, and an administrative assistant. Please contact me if you are interested. More details to follow.

We are a dynamic research group, at the Leiden Institute of Physics and soon at LMU. Our aim is to explore and understand quantum materials, including strange metals, high-temperature superconductors, and quantum critical electron matter. To this end, we develop new quantum sensing and quantum imaging instrumentation to get the key quantum mechanical degrees of freedom. We want to be able to build the perfect instruments to answer the scientific questions we deem most important (see Research).

We are very much looking forward to being part of LMU physics! We will build up our instruments right in the center of the city, in the “Sommerfeldkeller”, where Sommerfeld himself worked. We will exchange ideas with world class groups working in quantum physics, cold-atom many-body physics, and 2d quantum materials.

Our move to LMU will likely start around Summer 2024, depending on the state of renovations.

Currently, we are located at Leiden University, the birthplace of superconductivity and home to Kamerlingh Onnes, Lorentz, Huygens, Einstein, de Sitter, and others (see e.g. the wall of signatures from Ehrenfest lecturers).

We are grateful for funding from Leiden University, LMU NWO (Vidi talent scheme and the Frontiers in Nanoscience program), and from an ERC starting and consolidator grants.

We are looking for passionate new PhD students, Postdocs, and Master students to join the team (more info) !


1. April 2024

Welcome Sanghun!

22. February 2024

Our shot noise paper is an Editors’ Suggestion in PRL! image

15. September 2023

Welcome Thomas!

1. November 2023

All the best with your new position in Dresden Jacky!

1. September 2023

Welcome Yudai!

22. June 2023

Our Majorana-Noise paper is out! And Michelle wrote a nice item about it.

28. May 2023

The SuperC website is live! We are excited to be part of this journey.

22. June 2023

Jiasen’s paper on noise in mesoscopic junctions is on arXiv.

6. March 2023

How does superconductivity break down with high doping? Our new paper in Nature Materials shines some light on the issue.

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