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 Women’s 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 our building won the Excellence Prize of the 2020 Korean Architecture Award (KAA).
To read more about it, please, visit the page.

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

- Four clean-rooms for optics / complimentary experiments

- Large basement laboratory dedicated for collaborative research

- Two floors of office space

- Large common-room as a meeting & gathering space

- 5500 m2 of total area for IBS space


Our Equipment

STM (1)

Scanning Tunnelling Microscope at 10 millikelvin

Home-built combination of STM with a dilution refrigeration system to operate at the coldest temperatures currently available for quantum control at extremely cold temperatures. System includes two-axis magnetic field.
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.
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.
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.

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.
NV-Center (1)

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.
Cluster (1)

Computing Cluster

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

Electron Spin Resonance STM

QNS is developing several STM systems with high-frequency capabilities to perform ESR on single atoms and molecules on surfaces. The operation temperature of about 0.5K and vector magnetic fields will be available. High frequency sources up to 50GHz with pulsed capabilities.