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Next-generation nanotechnology laboratories with simultaneous reduction of all relevant disturbances

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Abstract

The tremendous variety of nanotechnology experiments and tools to fabricate and characterize ever-smaller structures down to molecular or even atomic scales leads to stringent demands for appropriate, so-called “silent”, premises that allow such susceptible experiments to be conducted. Reducing dimensions means smaller absolute optical and electrical signal levels, and consequently reduced signal-to-noise ratios. Hence, in addition to short-range disturbances inside the laboratory, remote long-range noise sources have to be considered for next-generation laboratories that aim at screening the disturbances and keeping the remaining values at utmost constancy. We present a novel laboratory concept that addresses simultaneously all the disturbances relevant for nanotechnology, namely, vibrations, electro-magnetic fields, temperature, humidity, and sound. Particular attention was paid to tackling the mutual derogation of the various measures to enable unprecedented performance of the novel research platform.

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The article was received on 01 Jul 2013, accepted on 12 Aug 2013 and first published on 27 Aug 2013


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C3NR03373B
Citation: Nanoscale, 2013,5, 10542-10549
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    Next-generation nanotechnology laboratories with simultaneous reduction of all relevant disturbances

    E. Lörtscher, D. Widmer and B. Gotsmann, Nanoscale, 2013, 5, 10542
    DOI: 10.1039/C3NR03373B

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