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Through its programs and technical facilities, the Kavli Nanoscience Institute supports and enables fundamental research at the frontiers of electronics, photonics, quantum matter and technology, medical engineering, bioengineering and sustainability.
A core mission of the KNI is to push the state of the art beyond what is currently possible in nanofabrication. To this end, the KNI has strategically acquired instrumentation with advanced nanofabrication capabilities for its multi-user cleanrooms and labs. Managed by dedicated technical staff, the KNI Laboratory is available for use by researchers at Caltech and throughout academia, government and industry.
Instrumentation within the KNI Laboratory is focused on fabrication and metrology, thereby enabling its lab members to engage in the rapid prototyping and rigorous characterization of nanodevices. Nanoscale patterns are written with lithography tools, transferred to devices via deposition and etching equipment, and characterized with a suite of electron, ion, optical and scanning probe microscopes. The KNI Laboratory is optimized to process up to 6-inch semiconductor wafers and supports microfluidic chip production with a multilayer soft lithography foundry.
Altogether, the KNI Laboratory is equipped for — and dedicated to — exploring the limits of nanofabrication.