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While atomic force microscopy (AFM) has become a standard tool in materials science and related fields, the AFM is much more versatile than typically thought. Our research lab seeks to develop new AFM techniques and to perform creative, careful experiments with existing techniques that are not always straightforward.

The versatility of the AFM leads naturally to collaborations across a range of subfields, from mechanical characteristics of biofilms to magnetic nanostructures. The present focus of the lab is on electrical properties of non-traditional semconductors.

Facilties in the Aidala Lab at Mount Holyoke include an Asylum Research MFP-3D atomic force microscope with an enclosed heater stage (250 C), a current preamplifier on the tip mount, and an external magnetic field (2500 Oe in plane).

Many samples can be fabricated in the Arango Lab at Mount Holyoke College, which contains a triple glovebox system that has wet deposition and dry deposition capabilities (i.e. thermal evaporator and sputterer).

Further equipment is available at the neighboring University of Massachusetts, Amherst, including the facilities in the Conte Nanofabrication Cleanroom.


Publications *indicates undergraduate author

Non-traditional Semconductors (Organic semiconductors and nanocrystal quantum dots)

J.P. Moscatello, C.V. Castaneda*, A. Zaidi*, M. Cao*, O. Usluer, A.L. Briseno, K.E. Aidala, "Time-resolved Klevin probe microscopy to study population and depopulation of traps in electron or hole majority organic semiconductors," Organic Electronics, 41, 26 (2017).

S. Paydavosi, K.E. Aidala, P. Brown, G. Supran, P. Hashemi, J.L. Hoyt, V. Bulovic. "Detection of charge storage on molecular thin lms of Tris(8-hydroxyquinoline) Aluminum (Alq3) by Kelvin force microscopy: A candidate system for high storage capacity memory cells." Nano Letters, 12(3) 1260 (2012).

M.J. Panzer, K.E. Aidala, V. Bulovic "Contact printing of colloidal nanocrystal thin films for hybrid organic/quatum dot optoelectronic devices." Nano Reviews, 3, 16144 (2012).

C.E. Packard, K.E. Aidala, S. Ramanan, V. Bulovic, "Patterned removal of molecular organic lms by di usion." Langmuir, 27(15), 9073 (2011).

K.E. Aidala, M.J. Panzer, P.O. Anikeeva, J.E. Halpert, M.G. Bawendi, V. Bulovic "Morphology of contact printed colloidal quantum dots in organic semiconductor films: Implication for QD-LEDs." Physica Status Solidi C, 8(1), 120 (2011).

M.J. Panzer, K.E. Aidala, P.O. Anikeeva, J.E. Halpert, M.G. Bawendi, V. Bulovic "Nanoscale morphology revealed at the interface between colloidal quantum dots and organic semiconductor films." Nano Letters, 10(7), 2421 (2010).

Magnetic Nanosctructures

F.I. Kaya*, A. Sarella, D. Wang, M. Tuominen, K.E. Aidala, "Nucleation and interactions of 360 degree domain walls on planar ferromagnetic nanowires using circular magnetic elds." AIP Advances, 6, 055025 (2016).

F.I. Kaya*, A. Sarella, D. Wang, M. Tuominen, K.E. Aidala, "Packing 360 degree domain walls of identical circulation on planar ferromagnetic nanowires with notches using circular magnetic elds." AIP Advances, 6, 056408 (2016).

N. Pradhan, M.T. Tuominen, K.E. Aidala, "Polarization dependent switching of asymmetric
nanorings with a circular eld." AIP Advances, 6(1) 015302 (2016).

J.E. Bickel, M. Khan*, K.E. Aidala, "A multi-level single-bit storage device." Journal of Applied Physics, 115(17), 17D511 (2014)

J.E. Bickel, S.A. Smith, K.E. Aidala, "The creation of 360 degree domain walls in ferromagnetic nanorings by circular applied magnetic elds," Journal of Applied Physics, 115(17), 17D135 (2014)

A. Goldman*, A.S. Licht*, Y. Sun*, Y. Li*, N.R. Pradhan, T. Yang, M.T. Tuominen, K.E. Aidala. "Multiple 360 domain wall switching in thin ferromagnetic nanorings in a circular magnetic eld." Journal of Applied Physics, 111(7), 7D113 (2012).

N.R. Pradhan, A.S. Licht*, Y.Li*, Y. Sun*, M.T. Tuominen, K.E. Aidala. "Switching of 360 degree domain wall states in a nanoring by an azimuthal Oersted field." Nanotechnology 22 485705 (2011).

T. Yang, N.R. Pradhan, A. Goldman*, A.S. Licht*, Y.Li*, M. Kemei*, M.T. Tuominen, K.E. Aidala. "Manipulation of magnetization states of ferromagnetic nanorings by an applied azimuthal Oersted field." Applied Physics Letters, 98, 242505 (2011).


H. Xu*, A.E. Murdaugh, W. Chen, K.E. Aidala, M.A. Ferguson, E.M. Spain, M.E. Nunez. "Characterizing Pilus-Mediated Adhesion of Bio lm-Forming E. coli to Chemically Diverse Surfaces Using Atomic Force Microscopy." Langmuir, 29(9) 3000 (2013).

C.B. Volle, M.A. Ferguson, K.E. Aidala, E.M. Spain, M.E. Nunez. "Spring constants and adhesive properties of native bacterial bio lm cells measured by atomic force microscopy." Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, 67, 32-40 (2008).

C.B. Volle, M.A. Ferguson, K.E. Aidala, E.M. Spain, M.E. Nunez. "Quantitative changes in the elasticity and adhesive properties of E. coli ZK1056 prey cells during predation by Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus 109J." Langmuir, 24(15), 8102 (2008).

Low temperature transport

K.E. Aidala, R.E. Parrott, T. Kramer, E.J. Heller, R.M. Westervelt, M.P. Hanson, A.C. Gossard. "Imaging coherent magnetic focusing." Nature Physics, 3, 464 (2007).

K.E. Aidala, R.E. Parrott, E.J. Heller, R.M. Westervelt. \Imaging electrons in a magnetic field." Physica E, 34, 409 (2006).

E.J. Heller, K.E. Aidala, B.J. LeRoy, A.C. Bleszynski, A. Kalben, R.M. Westervelt, K.D. Maranowski, and A.C. Gossard. "Thermal averages in a quantum point contact with a single coherent wave packet." Nano Letters, 5(7), 1285 (2005).

B.J. LeRoy, A.C. Bleszynski, K.E. Aidala, R.M. Westervelt, A. Kalben, E.J. Heller, S.E.J. Shaw, K.D. Maranowski, A.C. Gossard. "Imaging electron interferometer", Physical Review Letters, 94, 126801 (2005).

A. Bleszynski, K. Aidala, B. LeRoy, R. Westervelt, E. Heller, K. Maranowski, A.Gossard. "Imaging electron interferometer." Physics of Semiconductors: 27th International Conference on the Physics of Semiconductors, July 2004, AIP Conference Proceedings 772, 1461 (2005).

R.M. Westervelt, M.A. Topinka, B.J. LeRoy, A.C. Bleszynski, K. Aidala, S.E.J. Shaw, E.J. Heller, K.D. Maranowski, A.C. Gossard. "Imaging electron waves." Physica E, 24, 63 (2004).

T.R. Stevenson, F.A. Pellerano, C.M. Stahle, K. Aidala, R.J. Schoelkopf. "Multiplexing of radio-frequency single electron transistors." Applied Physics Letters, 80(16), 3012 (2002).