Michael C. Martin PhD

Senior Staff Scientist LBNLAdvanced Light Source Division
Work Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
1 Cyclotron Road, Bldg 6R2100
6-2228 Berkeley CA 94720-8226
Work Phone: 510-495-2231
Website: Professional Webpage
Website: Citation Profile
Photo of Michael C. Martin PhD

Biographical Info

My present research is centered around the ALS Infrared Beamlines. Together with many collaborators, we perform a wide variety of research using this facility. Topics include Condensed Matter Physics, Cellular Biology, Environmental Science, Bioremediation, Forensic Studies, Chemistry, and Materials Science. My earlier research topics included fullerene materials, high-temperature superconductors, giant magnetoresistance oxides, and spin-Peierls compounds.

I have recently been working to push synchrotron IR spectroscopy beyond its traditional limits. First, I have been developping a new method to combine rapid full-field IR imaging with tomographic reconstruction to yeild full 3D FTIR images in Full Color. Second, my group has been pushing way beyond the diffraction-limit by scattering the synchrotron IR light off an AFM tip resulting in 20 nm resolution with full mid-IR spectral coverage. This revolutionary Synchrotrin Infrared Nano Spectrosopy (SINS) is allowing us to probe materials and biological systems at unprecidented spatial resolution nearly 1000 times better than the state of the art before. We’ve used it to study Phonon Polaritons in 2D Materials, and Plasmons in Single Nanocrystals

I have previously worked to develop an exciting new high-power terahertz source using coherent synchrotron radiation. We proposed a new facility employing this revolutionary THz source calledCIRCE. Related to developing CIRCE, I am helping to lead a new Terahertz Science and Technology Network.

I am the primary contact person for research at the IR beamlines. If you feel you may have a scientific problem for which the beamlines may be of help, please contact me. In addition to maintaining and upgrading beamline facilities, I am always available to help new users make the most of their infrared reaseach.

Categories: Alumni