University of New South Wales Facilities

The Centre has access to three major research laboratories at UNSW: the Atomic Fabrication Facility (AFF), the National Magnet Laboratory (NML) 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).

Semiconductor Nanofabrication Facility (SNF)

The Semiconductor Nanofabrication Facility (SNF) at UNSW contains equipment for fabricating a range of semiconductor and other devices. It covers more than 300m2 and is home to the NSW Node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF), providing Australian researchers from both the public and private sectors with access to advanced nanofabrication equipment. In addition, ANFF employs a number of process engineers to provide training in nanofabrication processes running within ANFF-SNF, or to carry out fabrication projects on behalf of ANFF users.


The Measurement Laboratories, located on the ground floor of the Newton Building at UNSW, house sophisticated experimental facilities for performing characterisation and measurements of nano-scale devices. The laboratory is supervised by Dr Andrea Morello, and serves as the primary lowtemperature measurement facility for the silicon qubit projects at UNSW.