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 Tunnelling Microscopy (STM), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE). This facility has been constructed to house six state of the art scanning tunnelling 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

The Centre’s Semiconductor Nanofabrication Facility (SNF) was augmented and expanded to join with the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF), established under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) in 2007 providing Australian researchers from both the public and private sectors with access to micro- and nano-fabrication tools and services. Centre researchers make extensive use of the NSW Node of SNF-ANFF (ANFF-NSW) at UNSW which offers advanced nanofabrication capability across three distinct cleanroom laboratories.


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.