a. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gunther Springholz

Associate Professor

Curriculum Vitae

1982- 1988
Study of physics at the Technical University of Graz, Austria

Graduation as Dipl. Ing. (M.S.)
Diploma thesis: "Deposition and Characterization of High-Temperature Superconductor Thin Films"

1988 – 1990
Research staff at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solid State Technology, Munich.
Work on laser and photo-induced chemical vapor deposition of silicon dioxide, reactive ion etching and multi-chamber processing technologies.

1990 – 1994
Research assistant at the Institut für Physik, Montanuniversität Leoben and at the Institut für Halbleiterphysik, University of Linz
Ph.D. thesis: "Molecular Beam Epitaxy and in situ Reflection High-Energy Electron Diffraction of IV-VI Semiconductor Heterostructures"

1994 – 1996
Post-doc at the Johannes Kepler Universität in Linz (scholarship of DFG).

1996 – 1999
University Assistant (Univ. Ass.) at the Institut für Halbleiterphysik (University of Linz)

Habilitation in the field "Experimental physics".

since 1999
Associate professor (a. Univ. Prof.) at the Institut für Halbleiterphysik, and APART scholarship of the Austrian Science Foundation (until 2002).
Leader of the IV-VI semiconductor research group.

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Research Fields

  • Molecular beam epitaxy and scanning tunneling microscopy of IV-VI semiconductors
  • Pattern formation and dynamics in epitaxial layers and superlattices
  • Self-organized growth of semiconductor nanostructures
  • Optical, electronic and magnetic properties of low-dimensional heterostructures
  • Mid-infrared vertical cavity surface emitting lasers


  • Erich-Schmid-Prize of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • Fritz-Kohlrausch-Prize of the Austrian Physical Society
  • Richard-Büche-Award of the University of Linz