NSQI Low Noise Labs (LNL) - Some of the 'quietest' research labs in the world

The Centre for NSQI, and in particular the Low Noise labs (LNL), is concerned with the observation, understanding, manipulation and characterisation of nanostructures and quantum phenomena. Such research is often conducted at length-scales of single molecules and to be successful, requiring lab space that has levels of vibration far lower than that of any other construction.

The Centre has been designed and built as a massive concrete structure, making the building highly stable, but also allowing any vibration to travel extremely quickly through and out into the surrounding bedrock. Internally, all the walkways and services are isolated, such that corridor floors, lifts, plant and services (water pipes, air conditioning etc) around the building are suspended on damper pads, springs or separate foundations, on floors to stop to stop any vibrations generated from passing into the main structure of the building.

Such measures allow the LNL low noise and ultra-low noise labs to achieve vibration levels lower than the lowest recognised criteria (Vibration Criteria G - VC-G), indeed they have been found to be the quietest labs in the UK and some of the quietest in the world.

As well as low structural vibration levels, the NSQI LNL also boast low acoustic, electromagnetic noise and stable environmental conditions.

Other lab space

In addition to the eight low noise and two ultra-low noise labs in the basement, we also have:

  • a sound proof chamber
  • a class 1000 clean room
  • three sample preparation labs

Meeting space

The Centre for NSQI also has a 60-seat seminar room, six seat meeting room and foyer space that can be booked by the NSQI community. For more information and availability, go to the Seminar room page.

Front view NSQI Building

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