The research groups forming the unit have access to the most advanced experimental labs and computational equipment in order to ensure a high quality research level.
In particular, the CNME is fully equipped with the most advanced electron microscopes. Two aberration corrected microscopes, a JEOL ARM 200cFEG and a JEOL ARM 300cFEG, constitute the major core of the facility. Information of all equipments in the CNME can be obtained at www.cnme.es
NANOFABRICATION RESEARCH LABORATORY
The laboratory is aimed to the fabrication of electronic and spintronic devices based on oxide heterostructures by using thin-film growth, etching, and lithographic techniques. It is in a clean room (class 1000) environment with the following equipment:
• 3 high pressure sputtering systems for growth of oxides thin films 1 reactive ion etching system.
• 1 sputtering system for the growth of alumina and metallic layers 1 vacuum chamber for thermal evaporation of metallic electrodes.
• Class 100 lithography room allowing the use of optical masks down to 0.8 microns.
• 1 electron beam lithography writer (RAITH 50) for the fabrication of nanostructures with resolution down to 100 nm Electron-beam evaporator deposition chamber for metals (4 sources co-evaporation).
• Fully equipped chemical synthesis lab. Planetary mills.
• Fully equipped laboratory for electrochemical deposition; Ultra High Vacuum chamber with STM, LEED and preparation chamber with dosers; Ultra High Vacuum chamber with and IR detector, LEED, AES, mass spectrometer and preparation chamber; System for fabrication of nanoporous templates; MBE chamber for metal growth.
ELECTRICAL AND MAGNETIC CHARACTERIZATION LABORATORY
The laboratory is aimed to the electrical characterization of electronic and ionic transport in materials and devices with:
• 4 closed cycle He cryostats for magnetotransport characterization in the temperature range 4-300 K and applied magnetic field up to 0.5 T.
• 1 liquid He cryostat equipped with a 10 T magnet.
• 1 Broadband Dielectric Spectroscopy measurement system (10-4 Hz to 1 GHz) and temperature (100 600 K).
• 1 Agilent Impedance Analyzers allowing ac conductivity and dielectric measurements in the range 20 Hz 30 MHz (300-1000 K).
• 1 Radiant Technologies Precision Multiferroic system for characterization of ferroelectric response.
• 1 General electronic equipment for transport measurements SQUID magnetometer (2-400 K, 5 Tesla).
• 1 Magnetic hyperthermia device (100-1000 MHz, 20 mT).
• 1 Microwaves spectrum analyzer (with anechoic chamber and antennas) AC susceptometer (5-300 K, 0-100 KHz).
• 1 Thermogravimetric balance with magnetic field Laboratory of surface science.
The researchers of the unit are users of large scientific infrastructures: European Synchrotron Radiation Facility; ISIS Synchrotron at STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory BESSY synchrotron; ILL neutron reactor. Advanced Photons Source (Argonne Nat. Lab); Oak Ridge National Laboratory Center for Nanophase Materials Science; Los Alamos Neutron Science Center.
In addition, UCM has several facilities that complement the above experimental techniques. It is worth mentioning the X-Ray Diffraction service which provides solutions for powder, single crystal and thin film diffraction based on a well- equipped set of diffractometers.
The researchers of the unit use calculation and simulation facilities, being the most relevant one CeSViMa, the center for computation and simulation of Comunidad de Madrid which hosts the supercomputer Magerit 2. It is used by members of the proposed Maria de Maeztu unit that perform simulations of magnetic materials for quantum computation and simulations. CeSViMa belongs to RES comprising 7 centers