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The NEST Group has a wide range of state-of-the-art fabrication, characterisation and testing equipment at its disposal, housed in specialist clean-rooms, laser and materials laboratories. A summary of major facilities is given below.

Materials fabrication

  • Nordiko (6") multi-target RF/DC sputtering system
  • Moorefield NanoPVD RF/DC sputtering system
  • Purpose-built (2") multi-target sputtering system
  • 6xCVD tube furnaces (from 1000-1800C)
  • Moorefield plasma-enahanced CVD system
  • Moorefield NanoCVD system
  • Kurt J Lesker Evaporation System
  • HHV Auto306 Thermal Evaporator
  • Electrochemistry (electroplating) work-station
  • Carbolite Muffle furnace
  • FCT hot-press ceramics fabricator (25 tonne, 2200C)
  • Jiplec Rapid Thermal Annealing System (to 1200C)

Device fabrication

  • NanoBeam NB4 Electron Beam System
  • Durham Magneto Optics Microwriter ML Laser writer
  • xT Nova Nanolab 600 FIB (focused ion beam milling machine)
  • Karl Suss MJB4 Optical Mask Aligner
  • Kloe UV-Kub 2 masking optical system
  • JLS Designs RIE 80 Etching System
  • Moorfield Nano ETCH
  • LoadPoint Micro Ace 3 Dicing Saw
  • K&S 4123 and 4700 Wire Bonders
  • Critical Point Drier

Materials and device characterisation

  • Bruker Advance X-ray diffractometer and reflectometer
  • Bruker Veeco Innova SPM with CAFM, MFM, EFM and STM modes
  • Horiba TERS Raman system
  • JASCO Microspectrophotometer
  • MDC cryogenic probe test-station
  • Janis CTI-22 closed-circuit He optical cryostat
  • TA Instruments Ltd Q600 TGA
  • Quantachrome Gas Sorption Analyser (BET)
  • Fisher Scientific Vis/UV spectrometer
  • Nikon LV150 Upright Microscopes
  • KLA-Tencor D-100 Surface Profiler
  • TESCAN VEGA3 Scanning Electron Microscope
  • JEOL 2100 TEM/STEM
  • X-Tek X-ray computer tomography (CT) system
  • Solar cell testing workstation