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Ivan Steensgaard introduction

Ivan Stensgaard

Ivan Stensgaard received a PhD in physics from the University of Aarhus, Denmark, in 1977. He subsequently spent two years at Bell Labs in Murray Hill, New Jersey. From 1979 to 1998 he was Associate Professor at the Institute of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Aarhus. From then on, he has been a Research Professor at the Center for Atomic-Scale Materials Physics (CAMP).

From the 1970s onwards, Stensgaard has investigated surfaces. His primary tool before the advent of the Scanning Tunneling Microscope was ion scattering. His first publication investigated radiation damage in reactor materials, and soon he moved on to investigate other surfaces, such as platinum, tungsten, and silicon. He used both backscattering and channeling of ions to infer the reconstructions of crystal surfaces. Most of his research employed ions in the MeV range, but he has also worked with low and high energies. His homepage contains a comprehensive list of publications.

Because of his extensive knowledge of surface structures and the tools used to gain knowledge about them, he was in a good position to judge the efficacy of the scanning tunneling microscope when it came upon the scene in the mid-1980s. In collaboration with Flemming Besenbacher and Erik Lægsgaard, he built up a research project (CAMP) that relies extensively upon this new tool.

Read our interview with Stensgaard, in which he outlines the history of CAMP and describes some of the many uses to which the STM can be put.

This page was written and last updated on 26 June 2001 by Arne Hessenbruch.