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Atomic Force Microscope (Dimension ICON) - 05/17: System UP

Head was repaired and returned today. A quick test showed correct performance. Note also that the pin board has been repaired so all 4 pins are now present. Lets keep it that way so please be careful when loading the tip holder!

//Vraj Mehalana 13:46, 20 May 2024 (PDT)

MA6 TSA is down - Update

Multiple attempts to unbind the Y axis motor have been unsuccessful. The motor may have failed so I am waiting to hear back on Suss about availability and lead time.

If you are in desperate need of using the tool with the topside microscope, CNSI's Quantum Structures Facility has one available for use:


//Vraj Mehalana 14:41, 13 May 2024 (PDT)

Velion FIB Tool DOWN

Raith service are installing and aligning a new GaBiLi source. The Velion FIB column is not available to users until further notice.

//Vraj Mehalana 10:58, 30 April 2024 (PDT)

ASML optics replacement May 20th-22nd

We will be performing beam delivery optics replacement on Mon May 20th to 22nd, to resolve a low intensity reading. The tool will be unavailable during this time.e.

//Vraj Mehalana 09:40, 9 May 2024 (PDT)

ICP1 Down

The board we were waiting on arrived, but it did not resolve the tool issue. We are working with Panasonic on the next steps. //Vraj Mehalana 14:17, 1 March 2024 (PST)

Lab Access Changes: Symmetry App

Card/Iris scanner access is still currently enabled. However we will be moving to a smartphone-based access system. IMPORTANT: check your email to setup the new smartphone access system, so you will be ready when we switch to the new system. Look for an email titled "Invitation to Access Symmetry App". // John d 13:49, 7 November 2023 (PST)

Wafer Bonder, (Suss SB6-8E)

SUSS aims to be on site in early February. We’ll will send out an email once I get confirmation for a specific date. //Vraj Mehalana 14:23, 13 December 2023 (PST)

News & Announcements

News from the U.C. Santa Barbara Nanofabrication Facility.

NanoFab staff awarded Goleta's Innovator of the Year 2023

NanoFab staff member Demis D. John has been awarded the City of Goleta's "Innovator of the Year" for 2023! The award stems from the UCSB Nanofab's impact on the communities of Santa Barbara County and surrounding regions, in enabling cutting edge technology companies to thrive, which also enables many local careers in advanced high-tech. See the full announcement by the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce. //John d 13:58, 7 November 2023 (PST)

NanoFab Featured in Regional Tech Videos

The UCSB NanoFab is showcased as a driver of innovation and enabler of the regional high-tech industry.

See the videos here:

Santa Barbara County: This is TechTopia
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UCSB NanoFab: An Innovation Center
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// John d 09:26, 1 November 2023 (PST)

CHIPS Act Award Announced to USC and UCSB NanoFab

U.S. Congressman Salud Carbajal congratulates UCSB and the NanoFab on receiving a CHIPS & Science Act award, as part of the California DREAMS Hub (Microelectronics Commons) led by USC. // Demis 12:06, 4 October 2023 (PDT)

JEOL SEM's Installed

Both SEM's have been replaced with new JEOL SEM's #1 and SEM #2. SEM#1 has the NABITY lithography system installed, and SEM #2 has always-on EDAX elemental analysis. Contact the supervisor, Aidan Hopkins, for more information. // John d 18:31, 20 September 2023 (PDT)

Wide FOV Microscope Installed

We have installed an AmScope stereo microscope in Bay 4 for wide field-of-view digital imaging/capture, with >2cm of FOV currently available. Wiki page here: AmScope Wide Field of View Stereoscope // John d 14:52, 19 April 2023 (PDT)

Loomis Scribe & Break installed

We have installed a new Loomis LSD-155LT Automated Scribe & Break Cleaving tool in the Back-End Processing lab. Qualifications are underway. Contact supervisor, Aidan Hopkins, for more information. // John d 09:41, 16 April 2023 (PDT)

Dektak XT installed

We have replaced the old Dektak 6M with a new Dektak XT profilometer. This tool will provide robust, fast metrology for rapid in-process topography inspection. // John d 10:41, 25 January 2023 (PST)

New Process Control data tables

We have added "Process Control Data" - data on deposition/etch repeatability - to a number of our highest used etchers and deposition tools. The datasheets are linked in multiple places, mainly on the Recipes pages for each tool, or on the general Recipes pages for Deposition Recipes or Etch Recipes. // John d 16:07, 5 January 2023 (PST)

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