University of New South Wales Facilities

The Centre has access to three major research laboratories at UNSW: the Atomic Fabrication Facility (AFF), Magnet Laboratories and the Semiconductor Nanofabrication Facility (SNF). These facilities are co-located within the Newton building and offer a broad range of nanoscale device fabrication and measurement capabilities.

There is a large services compound supporting all laboratories, incorporating; liquid nitrogen, a diesel UPS, helium recovery, gas and chemical storage. All areas operate under the UNSW OHS Management System administered by an OH&S Officer.

Atomic Fabrication Facility

The Atomic Fabrication Facility (AFF) was established in 2001 and is a unique laboratory world-wide, dedicated to the development of atomically precise devices in silicon and germanium. The ultimate goal of this facility is to develop a scalable quantum computer prototype using a combination of Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE). This facility has been constructed to house six state of the art scanning tunneling microscopes, including 3 Variable Temperature STMs (VT STM) from Omicron Nanotechnology GmbH, a combined Multi-scan STM-SEM/MBE system, an Omicron Nanoprobe (4 point probe STM) and a low temperature STM. Each of these systems has been designed in collaboration with Omicron and MBE Komponenten GmbH in Germany to combine high quality silicon growth with high resolution STM.

Nanofabrication Facilities

Centre researchers were instrumental in establishing extensive clean-room facilities at UNSW, which have combined with the NSW Node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF-NSW) to provide an open-access facility offering advanced nanofabrication capability across four distinct laboratory areas.


The Cryogenic Measurement Laboratories, located on the ground floor of the Newton Building at UNSW, house sophisticated experimental facilities for performing characterisation and measurements of nanoscale devices. The G12 laboratory is supervised by A/Prof Andrea Morello, and serves as the primary low-temperature measurement facility for the silicon qubit projects at UNSW.