The journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related phenomena warmly congratulates the winners of the ICESS-14 student awards:
Chiara Bigi and Philipp Eickholt! Chiara Bigi is pursuing a PhD thesis in physics at the University of Milano under the supervision of Prof. G. Rossi and Dr. I. Vobornik. Her research activity is mainly focused on the study of the electronic properties of highly correlated 2D-3D materials through spectroscopic investigation. Her principal expertise concerns ARPES and SPIN-ARPES techniques using synchrotron radiation. She is also carrying out the epitaxial growth by Pulsed Laser Deposition technique and in the investigation of the role of structural modifications (e.g. strain) on electronic properties. Her research work is mainly performed at the APE beamline of the National Research Council laboratory (CNR-IOM), located at Elettra synchrotron Trieste.
Philipp Eickholt received his master's degree in physics in the research group of Prof. Markus Donath at the University of Muenster in Germany. Using spin- and angle-resolved inverse photoemission, he revealed the extraordinary spin texture of unoccupied electronic surface states in the metal-semiconductor hybrid system Tl / Ge (111). The research of his PhD work is focused on the spin-dependent electronic structure of the two-dimensional materials of transition-metal dichalcogenides. In particular, he determined the spin structure of the bands at the K valleys in single-layer WS2 on Au (111). These bands confining the direct optical band gap are decisive in view of the material's optoelectronic properties.