Wolfgang-Hillen Summer School



1st Ammonothermal Crystal Growth Summer School:
Optical Active, Nitride-based Semiconductor Materials

July 16-23 2016 – Erlangen, Germany & September 21-26 2016 – Santa Barbara, California, USA

The aim of the summer school is to gain detailed insight into the ammonothermal process by cross-pollinating ideas between two leading universities in the field. Friedrich-Alexander-University (FAU) Erlangen-Nuremberg has established itself to be a leader in characterizing and analyzing the chemistry and properties of the supercritical ammonia fluids, while the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and start-ups in the area have demonstrated strong knowledge and capability to produce high growth-rate, high quality crystals. Hands-on training provided by students and researchers at both institutions will pass on vital knowledge and the β€˜art’ of the science which cannot be communicated through any other means.

For roughly 10 students from Germany and 10 from the USA, the unique opportunity will be provided to learn from leading and honored experts in the field through lectures and by hands-on training in the lab at both locations. The program entails a two-part program, one session in Erlangen, Germany and one in Santa Barbara, California, USA. In Erlangen, the focus will lie on process engineering, while in Santa Barbara, crystal growth will be the focus. To maximize the knowledge transfer, the school will be split into two parts. The theoretical knowledge will be conveyed though symposia with invited speakers (among others, the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize winner Prof. Schnick and in addition pending his availability, Nobel Laureate Shuji Nakamura may provide an inspirational talk to the visiting scholars) providing background and applied insight, while the experimental part will allow the students to observe and partake in operating single measurements techniques relevant to the ammonothermal process. The results of the experimental undertakings by each student will be presented at the end of the school to each other.

The expectations of this event are the start of some fruitful scientific cooperation with the goal of finding novel III-nitrides and grow bulk crystals for optical-active and semi-conductor applications.

the final report can be found here: http://www.bacatec.de/en/summerschool-2016.html