Rainer Timm

Senior Lecturer

Senior lecturer, Principal investigator

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Physical Sciences
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Nano Technology
  • Other Physics Topics


  • Applied material science, Imaging, X-ray Spectroscopy, Scanning Probe Microscopy


My research focuses on the atomic-scale characterization of semiconductor nanostructures, especially III-V semiconductor nanowires, including analysis of the atomic surface structure, resulting local electronic properties, the chemical and structural composition of interfaces, and in-situ studies of such nanostructure properties during device operation.
With scanning probe techniques like scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy (STM/S) or conductive atomic force microscopy (AFM), the atomic structure and resulting electronic properties of nanowire surfaces are investigated, including local effects at nanowire heterostructures consisting of different materials or crystal structure. Using advanced STM geometries, also the interior structure of nanowires or mechanical and transport properties of individual upright standing nanowires can be revealed. From AFM and STM/S studies on individually contacted nanowires, we explore the interplay between local surface structure and electrical device performance for nanowire devices like tunnel diodes or solar cells.
As complementary technique I am using X-ray photoemission-based microscopy and spectroscopy at the MAX IV laboratory and other synchrotron facilities, for investigating the structure and chemical composition of surfaces and interfaces, e.g. doping profiles of individual nanowires or shallow interfaces of nanowire transistors with dielectric thin films. These techniques include X-ray Photoemission Spectroscopy (XPS) at ultrahigh vacuum or near-ambient conditions, angular resolved XPS (ARPES), and Photoemission electron microscopy (PEEM). I am strongly involved in the NanoLund Center of Nanoscience.

Recent research outputs

A. Knyazev, J. Park, P. Golubev, J. Cederkäll, H. Alvarez-Pol, J. Benlliure, P. Cabanelas, E. Casarejos, L. Causeret, D. Cortina-Gil, P. Díaz Fernández, M. Feijoo, D. Galaviz, E. Galiana, R. Gernhäuser, D. Gonzalez, A.-L. Hartig, A. Heinz, B. Heiss, H.T. Johansson & 12 others, P. Klenze, T. Kröll, A. Perea, L. Ponnath, Z. Ren, H.-B. Rhee, J.L. Rodríguez-Sánchez, G. Rondeau, O. Tengblad, I.G. Scheblykin, P. Teubig & R. Timm, 2021 Apr 1, In: Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research. Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors, and Associated Equipment. 1003, 10 p., 165302.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Zhihua Yong, Karl-Magnus Persson, Saketh, Ram Mamidala, Giulio D Acunto, Yi Liu, Sandra Benter, Jisheng Pan, Zheshen Li, Mattias Borg, Anders Mikkelsen, Lars-Erik Wernersson & Rainer Timm, 2021 Mar 3, In: Applied Surface Science. 551, 149386.

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