Our Facility

A revolutionary new facility for the next generation of research

In association with Korea’s Institute for Basic Science, world-renowned quantum scientist Andreas Heinrich and his team are reaching new frontiers in atomic research. A state-of-the-art facility on the campus of Ewha Womans University in Seoul gives QNS a unique opportunity to push the limits of quantum and nanoscience to new possibilities never imagined before. Committed to shaping the next generation of researchers, QNS is focused on the future of scientific knowledge and discovery.
On November 19th, 2020, the QNS building won the Excellence Prize of the 2020 Korean Architecture Award (KAA). Read more about it here.

Research Space Highlights

  • 8 scanning probe microscopy (SPM) labs on a separate foundation from the main building:
- Vibration-isolation facility for high-performance SPM
- Designed for 3-axis active isolation
- STM control room with interactive discussion area
- Tall ceilings for large equipment

  • Large basement laboratory dedicated for collaborative research
  • Three chemistry laboratories for fabricating tailored molecules (over 200 m2 of total area)
  • Two floors of office space
  • Large common-room as a meeting & gathering space
  • 5500 m2 of total area for IBS space

Our Equipment

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Electron Spin Resonance STMs

QNS has developed several STM systems with high-frequency capabilities to perform ESR on single atoms and molecules. The operation temperatures range from 10 millikelvin to ca. 0.5K. 2 magnet and vector magnetic fields are available, as well as high frequency sources up to 50GHz with pulsed capabilities.
ESR (1)

Surface Science Electron Spin Resonance (ESR)

Spatially-averaging ESR at temperatures from 2 to 400 Kelvin and is optimized to work on clean surfaces. Sensitivity of ESR to sub-monolayer spin density.
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Chemistry Laboratories

The chemistry facilities of QNS consist of spaces for organic synthesis, analysis, and general safe handling of various compounds. With a focus on inert gas chemistry and purification the labs provide an ideal environment for work with compounds common in the field of molecular quantum nanoscience.
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Computing Cluster

Medium-scale computing cluster to perform density-functional and quantum chemistry modelling of atoms and molecules.
Optics-STM (1)

Optics STMs

QNS has focused on designing low-temperature STM systems with good optical access to detect photons from the STM and to shine laser light onto STM tip-sample junctions.
Low-Temp (1)

Low Temperature STM + Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)

QNS operates several low-temperature STM and AFM systems. AFM systems with cold preamp are designed for spin-dependent measurements operating between 1K and 10K.

Growth Systems for Atomically-Controlled Thin Films

QNS operates several growth systems for atomically controlled sample growth, including molecular beam epitaxy for growth of thin-film materials.
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Quantum Control of Atomic-Scale Defects in Solids (NV AFM)

In collaboration with researchers from Korea University QNS has built an AFM system with individual nitrogen vacancy (NV) centers in the AFM tip.