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Centre for Materials Physics



The Royce Physical Vapour Deposition and Characterisation Facility is a state-of-the-art facility for thin-film deposition and device fabrication. All equipment is shared and owned by the Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy and supported by expert Technical Staff associated with several groups across the Department including the DMG, CMP, WEMs and 2D Materials & Devices.

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AJA Sputtering system

Highly versatile RF and DC magnetron sputtering system, very good for superconducting films such as Nb

  • Automated control of the sputtering process
  • Ultra-high vacuum system with a base pressure better than 10−8 mbar
  • Up to 11 target materials in one deposition
  • Substrate size up to 100 mm diameter
  • Substrate heater up to 850°C
  • In-situ RF plasma pre-cleaning for substrates
  • Quartz crystal thickness monitor
  • Load lock allows for high throughput of samples

Custom sputtering systems

The facility hosts 4 custom built DC magnetron sputtering systems

  • Ultra-high vacuum systems up to 10−8 mbar
  • Up to 4 different target materials
  • Turntable with automated thickness control allows growth of multiple different samples in one deposition
  • Sample heaters up to 1100°C is possible
  • Reactive sputtering of nitrides and condutvie oxides is possible
  • Highly customisable systems

Electron beam evaporator

  • Can grow high purity polycrystalline metallic films such as Au, Nb, Pt, V, Al, and Cu
  • Up to 5 targets in one deposition
  • Can grow at room temperature or liquid nitrogen temperature
  • Can achieve a vacuum level of 10−8 mbar
  • Quartz crystal thickness monitor
  • Load lock allows for high sample throughput

Argon ion miller

The argon ion miller allows for anisotropic and non-selective etching of devices.

Suitable for metallic or insulating materials.

Atomic force microscope

A Bruker Multimode 8 with Nanoscope 5 controller.

Has several different modes of operation.

  • Contact, tapping and peak force modes
  • Standard atomic force microscopy (AFM)
  • Magnetic force microscopy (MFM)
  • Piezoelectric force microscopy (PFM)
  • Kelvin probe force microscopy (KPFM)

Electron-beam lithography system

LEO /ZEISS 1455VP scanning electron microscope equipped with Raith Elphy Quantum for device fabrication.

  • Accelerating voltages from 200 V to 30 kV
  • Single writefield up to 1000 μm
  • 250 nm feature resolution exposed using a 400 μm writefield
  • PC-based pattern generator allow up to 63 different layers
  • Allows fully automated or user assisted field to field alignment


Cryogenic DC/RF Probe station                            

Lake Shore Cryogenics CRX-6.5K

  • Base temperature 8 K (2-probes) - 350 K
  • Maximum 6-probes (DC/RF)
  • Maximum sample size 51 mm (2")
  • Vacuum <5x10^-4 Torr
  • Visual System: 2.8 microns resolution