The SPiN Labs host a variety of scanning probe microscopes used to research materials for structural, magnetic and electric properties at atomic level. Scanning Tunneling Microscopes (STM) and Atomic Force Microscopes (AFM) are used to research single atoms, semiconductors and metals, 2D-materials and organics. Nearly all instrumentation in these labs is home-build, based on the strong expertise and tradition of SPM in Nijmegen and therefore fully optimized for the research that is performed here.
The newest addition to this facility is the STILL Lab. Deep underground and placed on floating concrete blocks, this laboratory belongs to one of the most silent labs in the world. In the home-designed microscope, designed for ultra-high resolution measurements in a magnetic field, ultralow temperatures of 30 mK can be reached in ultra-clean vacuum environment.