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Aycan Yurtsever

Areas of expertise

Ultra-fast dynamics of materials at the nanoscale

  • Associate Professor


450 929-8102


Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications Research Centre

1650 Lionel-Boulet Blvd.
Varennes, Quebec J3X 1P7

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Research interests

We use time-resolved and advanced electron microscopy techniques as experimental tools, and several theoretical methodologies, to carry out fundamental research with the goal of addressing global societal issues and the needs of the Canadian industry. In particular, we investigate how matter behaves at the microscopic and ultrafast scales after it interacts with light. Such light-matter interactions are the building blocks of several technologically relevant phenomena that are critical to the sectors of renewable energy, information storage and telecommunication.

Unique Facility

Ensuing an interaction with an ultrashort photon pulse, materials remain in a non-equilibrium state for a short duration (femto / pico seconds). Such non-equilibrium states can only be visualized with a microscope that is fast enough and can resolve the microscopic detail. At INRS, we operate a unique, state-of-the-art electron microscope that can produce time-resolved, real-space images (ie movies at femtosecond scale), diffraction patterns, and electron energy loss / gain spectra. These data provide us with unprecedented insights into structural, electronic, and plasmonic behavior of nanoscale materials.


Publications sélectionnées

A. Yurtsever , JS Baskin and AH Zewail, “Entangled Nanoparticles: Discovery by Visualization in 4D Electron Microscopy” ,
Nano Letters 12, 5027 (2012) ( html ).

A. Yurtsever and AH Zewail,
“Direct Visualization of Near-Fields of Nanoplasmonics and Nanophotonics” ,
Nano Letters 12, 3334 (2012) ( html ).
Nature Materials Research Highlights ( html )

A. Yurtsever , Renske M. van der Veen, and AH Zewail, “Subparticle Ultrafast Spectrum Imaging in 4D Electron Microscopy”
Science 335, 59 (2012) ( html ).
Article perspective ( html )
News 1 , 2 , and several others …

A. Yurtsever and AH Zewail, “4D Nanoscale Diffraction Observed by Convergent-beam Ultrafast Electron Microscopy”
Science 326, 708 (2009) ( html ).
News 1 , 2 , and several others …

A. Yurtsever , M. Couillard, DA Muller, ” Formation of guided Cherenkov radiation in silicon-based nanocomposites ”
Physical Review Letters 100, 217402 (2008) ( html ).
Nature Nanotechnology Research Highlights ( html )
Cover Story (html)

A. Yurtsever , M. Weyland, DA Muller, “Three-dimensional imaging of non-spherical silicon nanoparticles embedded in silicon oxide by plasmon tomography”
Applied Physics Letters 89, 151920 (2006) ( html ).
Review articles 1 , 2 , 3