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Labs and equipment

Our buildings provide world-class, cutting-edge facilities to our students and staff with all laboratories purpose-designed to a high standard.

Many of our facilities are centrally managed by the Microscopy and Analysis Suite (MAS)  and the Chemical Characterisation and Analysis Facility (CCAF) with a wide range of techniques available and staffed by dedicated research officers.

Optical fibre fabrication cleanroom suite

The Department houses a world-leading suite of equipment for fabricating photonic crystal optical fibres. Optical fibre drawing equipment (Heathway) is complemented by state-of-the-art optical fibre characterisation laboratories housing a range of laser test sources and spectral/temporal analysis equipment. It is run and used by the members of the Centre for Photonics and Photonic Materials.

David Bullett Nanofabrication Laboratory

The Nanofabrication laboratory houses electron beam lithography and scanning electron microscopy (Hitachi /Raith ELPHY Plus), as well as facilities for photolithography, thin film deposition, wet and dry (Oxford ICP 80 & ICP 100) etching, surface characterisation (Veeco Multimode AFM) and packaging. The Laboratory is one of the facilities managed from within the Nanoscience group and it is used by a range of researchers from across the University.

The David Bullet laboratory provides extensive facilities for sample processing in a cleanroom environment.

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Left: A 'yellow room' in the David Bullet laboratory. Right: E-beam lithography.

Centre for Graphene Science

The Centre for Graphene Science Bath node is focused on bottom-up approaches to investigating and exploiting Graphene, for which it uses low-temperature scanning tunnelling and atomic force microscopy equipment (Omicron LT-STM/AFM) installed in a dedicated laboratory area.

Underwater Acoustics

Laboratory (as opposed to field) work in underwater acoustics can be done in a large water tank, with supporting equipment, which is used by members of the Acoustics group in the Centre for Space, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

Free access to Electron Beam Lithography

UK researchers at Higher Education Institutions are now able to get free access to Electron Beam Lithography and supporting processes in the David Bullett Nanofabrication Facility at the University of Bath. This is made possible under a grant funded by the EPSRC "Access to Materials Research Equipment" programme, which has bought out 20% of the available time on these instruments and also pays all travel and subsistence costs incurred by visiting scientists. Applications from researchers working in the biological or life sciences are particularly encouraged.

Access to our advanced electron-beam lithography system (Hitachi S-4300 Scanning Electron Microscope & Raith ElphyPlus Professional Lithography Attachment) and supporting processes including thin film deposition and wet/dry etching facilities. Expert assistance will be provided at all stages of the work including:

  1. expert support for process design
  2. expert support for CAD pattern design
  3. expert hands-on technical assistance with resist preparation, lithography and additional processes.

Access to the instrument via the EPSRC programme will be managed by the Nanofabrication Facility Advisory Group consisting of Prof. Simon Bending, Dr Steve Andrews, Dr Stephen Wedge and Mrs Wendy Lambson. Access proposals will be considered at any time ). Potential users with preliminary enquires or those seeking clarification are encouraged to contact the members of the Advisory Group by e-mail or telephone (contact details below).

Criteria for evaluating access requests:

  1. the scientific merit
  2. the appropriateness
  3. the feasibility of the proposed work

How to apply

Please contact us, including your name, institution, telephone number, and details of the materials to be used, size and number of samples, size of the device(s) and number of devices per sample, critical dimensions, post-processing required, e.g. etching, lift-off, etc.