Welcome to the Allan Lab

We are a small, dynamic group at the Leiden Institute of Physics. 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 novel spectroscopic-imaging scanning tunneling microscopy (SI-STM) tools to visualize the relevant quantum mechanical degrees of freedom. We want do be able to build the perfect instruments to answer the scientific questions we deem most important (see Research).

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 exchange ideas and work with our neighbors from Quantum Matter & Optics, as well as with the colleagues from our world-class theory section.

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

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


27. December 2017

The smart tips are on arXiv! A collaboration with the Gröblacher Lab at TU Delft. Stay tuned.

13. November 2017

New paper published in collaboration with the group of Jan van Ruitenbeek

10. November 2017

Doohee makes the third place at the LION Image Award.

9. October 2017

We contributed to Miguel and Jan's new paper.

12. August 2017

We got an ERC starting grant.

10. August 2017

Our paper is published in SciPost Physics.

17. - 21. July 2017

Milan wins the Bryan R. Coles prize at SCES 2017, Prague. Koen received the best poster presentation award.

17. - 21. July 2017

Koen, Maarten and Milan will be at SCES 2017, Prague. Come check out our posters on Tuesday&Thursday and talk on Thursday!

18. June 2017

Paper on poor electronic screening published in PRB as Editors' selection!

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