The Centre for NSQI 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. The similar material properties of the concrete and rock mean that vibrations pass out of the building very quickly with little dissipation.
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. The low noise labs have experimental spaces with additional isolation features (isolation blocks or keel slabs in the Ultra low noise labs).
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
- Quantum laser labs, detector room (with dedicated fibre betwork) and the QET labs
- Sound proof chamber
- Two class 1000 cleanrooms
- Three sample preparation labs
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.