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Quantum technologies

Characterisation and imaging of materials from the nano to atomic scale

Nanoprobe facilities and consultancy

NPL’s nanoprobe facilities enable the characterisation and imaging of physical and chemical properties, and are part of the Quantum Metrology Institute.  They integrate a uniquely broad and comprehensive set of state-of-the-art capabilities, and are especially suited for studies of solid state quantum materials or devices and providing reliable nanoscale characterisation techniques. The wide variety of modern instrumentation methods provide complementary solutions suitable for both industrial applications and fundamental research. Our expertise and capabilities offer solutions to problems such as:

  • Characterisation of (sub) surface features with nanometre resolution in quantum, including 2D materials
  • Characterisation of atomic defects such as single atom vacancies or impurities
  • Control and characterisation of electric, magnetic and thermal nanoscale properties
  • Studies of quantum spin-related phenomena
  • Chemical nanoscale analysis: determination of composition and structure
  • Identification of binding events on functionalised materials
  • Correlation of nanoscale imaging with complementary nano-electrical characterisation of thin films and devices
  • Development of standards and best practice guides in quantum technology

We provide flexible solutions to tackle real problems in many different industries, such as semiconductors, sensors, advanced manufacturing, automotive and aerospace, life science, defence and security.  

Work in this area is complex and unique so please contact us to discuss your exact requirements and challenges.

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