Open Access Facilities
3 INL user facilities (the Micro and Nanofabrication, the Advanced Electron Microscopy, Imaging and Spectroscopy & the Nanophotonics and Bioimaging flagships) allow access not only to their infrastructure and systems but also to microsystems and nanotechnology experts and their knowledge with considerable flexibility. Access is open to both internal and external users. The user facilities provide support throughout all research and development chain in cleanroom processes (device modeling and design, process integration and device fabrication, packaging and testing) as well as in advanced microscopy, spectroscopic, imaging and photonic techniques.
Another impacting factor is the heterogeneous set of techniques available under the same roof leading to competitive integration of different technologies and rapid prototyping thus paving the way to methods and devices with performances out of reach of a given, single technology.