Ming-Wen Chu

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The search for topological superconductors (TSCs) is one of the most urgent contemporary problems in condensed matter systems. TSCs are characterized by a full superconducting gap in the bulk and topologically protected gapless surface (or edge) states. Within each vortex core of TSCs, there exists the zero-energy Majorana bound states, which are predicted(More)
The rich structure of bright and dark surface-plasmon modes localized in individual and coupled gold nanoparticles is unveiled by electron-energy-loss spectroscopy performed in a scanning transmission electron microscope. Spatially resolved maps of surface-plasmon modes in the approximately 1.5-2.5 eV range (wavelengths approximately 500-800 nm), collected(More)
This work presents polymer photovoltaic devices based on poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and TiO2 nanorod hybrid bulk heterojunctions. Interface modification of a TiO2 nanorod surface is conducted to yield a very promising device performance of 2.20% with a short circuit current density (J(sc)) of 4.33 mA/cm2, an open circuit voltage (V(oc)) of 0.78 V, and a(More)
With innovative modern material-growth methods, a broad spectrum of fascinating materials with reduced dimensions-ranging from single-atom catalysts, nanoplasmonic and nanophotonic materials to two-dimensional heterostructural interfaces-is continually emerging and extending the new frontiers of materials research. A persistent central challenge in this(More)
We show that the spontaneous symmetry breaking in multiferroic hexagonal manganites can be chemically manipulated to yield two complementary ground states: the well-known ferroelectric P6(3)cm and an antipolar P3c phase. Both symmetry breakings yield topologically protected vortex defects, with the antipolar vortices dual to those of the ferroelectric. This(More)
Essential structural properties of the non-trivial "string-wall-bounded" topological defects in hexagonal manganites are studied through homotopy group theory and spherical aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy. The appearance of a "string-wall-bounded" configuration in RMnO3 is shown to be strongly linked with the transformation of(More)
Ming-Wen Chu,1 Cheng-Hsuan Chen,1,2,* F. Javier García de Abajo,3 Jin-Pei Deng,4 and Chung-Yuan Mou5 1Center for Condensed Matter Sciences, National Taiwan University, Taipei 106, Taiwan 2Department of Physics, National Taiwan University, Taipei 106, Taiwan and Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taipei 106, Taiwan 3Instituto de(More)
In this study, we investigated the interplay of three-dimensional morphologies and the photocarrier dynamics of polymer/inorganic nanocrystal hybrid photoactive layers consisting of TiO(2) nanoparticles and nanorods. Electron tomography based on scanning transmission electron microscopy using high-angle annular dark-field imaging was performed to analyze(More)
Here, we demonstrate that non-dipole allowed d-d excitations in NiO can be measured by electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) in transmission electron microscopes (TEM). Strong excitations from (3)A(2g) ground states to (3)T(1g) excited states are measured at 1.7 and 3 eV when transferred momentum are beyond 1.5 A(-1). We show that these d-d excitations(More)
Previous investigations of surface plasmons in Ag largely focused on their excitations in the visible spectral regime. Using scanning transmission electron microscopy with an electron beam of 0.2 nm in conjunction with electron energy-loss spectroscopy, we spectrally and spatially probe the surface plasmons in individual Ag nanoparticles (approximately 30(More)