The Center for Nanoscale Systems is a shared use core facility at Harvard University. Our scientific focus is the study, design, and fabrication of nanoscale structures and their integration into large and complex interacting systems.
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The Center for Nanoscale Systems is a shared use core facility at Harvard University. Our scientific focus is the study, design, and fabrication of nanoscale structures and their integration into large and complex interacting systems.
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  • Headway Photoresist Spinner SC5 & VPO

    Feb 08 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Bok Yeop Ahn

    G07, Inside Cleanroom

  • NanoFab Cleanroom orientation G07

    Feb 09 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

    John Tsakirgis

    Meet in front of G07

  • Denton E-beam Evaporator (EE-4) training

    Feb 13 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Ed Macomber

    LISE G07 (cleanroom); PVD Bay

  • ALD-3 PdR ALD System Training

    Feb 14 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Mughees Khan

    PVD Bay (last bay in cleanroom); small red and white instrument on far wall

  • Asylum Cypher (S/ES) and MFP3d (SA/BIO) Atomic Force Microscopy Training Part-1 (SPM-2/6)

    Feb 15 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Jason Tresback

    LISE B58


08 Feb, 2023

Quantum@Harvard Seminar: Local Quantum Probes of Quantum Matter

Prof. Amir Yacoby, Harvard University

February 9, 2023 12pm – 1pm Maxwell Dworkin 119

Abstract: Major scientific discoveries are often enabled by new measurement capabilities that provide novel perspectives into complex physical problems. Recent advances and discoveries made on quantum materials have challenged experimentalists to come up with new ways to probe their intrinsic properties. In this talk I will review some of the recent work we have done to develop a variety of local quantum sensing techniques as well as their application for exploring quantum matter.

About Speaker: Amir Yacoby is a Professor of Physics at Harvard University. He is also a Professor of Applied Physics at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University and a visiting Professor at the University of Waterloo. He currently holds the Lazaridis Chair in Physics. Following a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering and a master’s degree in theoretical physics professor Yacoby turned to experimental condensed matter physics. He received his PhD in 1994 from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. His work focused on understanding coherence in quantum mesoscopic systems. During his postdoc at Bell labs prof. Yacoby developed new techniques to explore electrical conduction in quantum wires and was the first to observe spin-charge separation, a hallmark of Luttinger Liquids. In 1998 Prof. Yacoby joined the faculty of the Weizmann Institute where he developed new techniques for imaging electrical charge. He joined the Harvard faculty in 2006.


31 Jan, 2023

Quantum@Harvard Seminar: Integrated Photonics for Quantum Interconnects

Prof. Marko Loncar, Harvard University

February 3, 2023

12pm – 1pm

Maxwell Dworkin 119

Abstract: Optical interconnects, empowered by a variety of integrated photonic platforms, form the backbone of modern communication systems, including  tele-com, data-com and microwave-photonics. Similarly, integrated photonic enabled  quantum interconnects will be crucial for realization of quantum networks. In my talk I will discuss quantum photonic platforms based on thin film lithium niobate and diamond and their applications in realization of quantum repeaters and quantum transducers. The former are important for the development of quantum internet while the latter will enable modular quantum computing. 

About Speaker: Marko Lončar is Tiantsai Lin Professor of Electrical Engineering at Harvard's John A Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), as well as Harvard College Professor. Lončar is expert in nanophotonics and nanofabrication, and his current research interests include quantum and nonlinear nanophotonics, quantum optomechanics, high-power optics, and nanofabrication. He is a co-founder of and a board member for HyperLight Corporation, VC backed startup commercializing lithium niobate photonic technology.


Recent Publications

  • Highly Ordered Inverse Opal Structures Synthesized from Shape-Controlled Nanocrystal Building Blocks

    Han, J. H.; Shneidman, A. V.; Kim, D. Y.; Nicolas, N. J.; van der Hoeven, J. E. S.; Aizenberg, M.; Aizenberg, J.

    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2022, 61(3), e202111048

  • Creep of CarbFix Basalt: Influence of Rock-fluid Interaction

    Tiange Xing, Hamed Ghaffari, Ulrich Mok, Matej Pec

    Xing, T., Ghaffari, H. O., Mok, U., & Pec, M. (2022). Creep of CarbFix basalt: influence of rock–fluid interaction. Solid Earth, 13(1), 137-160.

  • Electronic thermal transport measurement in low-dimensional materials with graphene non-local noise thermometry

    Jonah Waissman, Laurel E. Anderson, Artem V. Talanov, Zhongying Yan, Young J. Shin, Danial H. Najafabadi, Mehdi Rezaee, Xiaowen Feng, Daniel G. Nocera, Takashi Taniguchi, Kenji Watanabe, Brian Skinner, Konstantin A. Matveev, Philip Kim

    Nat. Nanotechnol. (2021).

  • Intercellular nanotubes mediate mitochondrial trafficking between cancer and immune cells

    Tanmoy Saha, Chinmayee Dash, Ruparoshni Jayabalan, Sachin Khiste, Arpita Kulkarni, Kiran Kurmi, Jayanta Mondal Pradip K. Majumder, Aditya Bardia, Hae Lin Jang and Shiladitya Sengupta

    Nat. Nanotechnol. 17, 98–106 (2022).

  • Highly Conductive and Permeable Nanocomposite Ultrafiltration Membranes Using Laser-Reduced Graphene Oxide

    Anthony P. Straub, David S. Bergsman, Bezawit A. Getachew, Liam M. Leahy, Jatin J. Patil, Nicola Ferralis, and Jeffrey C. Grossman

    Nano Lett. 2021, 21, 6, 2429–2435

  • Oxynitride-Encapsulated Silver Nanowire Transparent Electrode with Enhanced Thermal, Electrical, and Chemical Stability

    Jatin J. Patil, Maya L. Reese, Eric Lee, Jeffrey C. Grossman

    ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2022, 14, 3, 4423–4433

  • Cascade of isospin phase transitions in Bernal bilayer graphene at zero magnetic field

    Sergio C. de la Barrera, Samuel Aronson, Zhiren Zheng, Kenji Watanabe, Takashi Taniguchi, Qiong Ma, Pablo Jarillo-Herrero, Raymond Ashoori

    arXiv:2110.13907 [cond-mat.mes-hall] (under review)

  • Carbonate-hosted microbial communities are prolific and pervasive methane oxidizers at geologically diverse marine methane seep sites

    Jeffrey J. Marlow, Daniel Hoer, Sean P. Jungbluth, Linda M. Reynard, Amy Gartman, Marko S. Chavez, Mohamed Y. El-Naggar, Noreen Tuross, Victoria J. Orphan, and Peter R. Girguis

  • Interfacial ferroelectricity in rhombohedral-stacked bilayer transition metal dichalcogenides

    Xirui Wang, Kenji Yasuda, Yang Zhang, Song Liu, Kenji Watanabe, Takashi Taniguchi, James Hone, Liang Fu, Pablo Jarillo-Herrero


  • Probing dark exciton navigation through a local strain landscape in a WSe2 monolayer

    Ryan J. Gelly, Dylan Renaud, Xing Liao, Benjamin Pingault, Stefan Bogdanovic, Giovanni Scuri, Kenji Watanabe, Takashi Taniguchi, Bernhard Urbaszek, Hongkun Park, Marko Loncar

    Nature Communications volume 13, Article number: 232 (2022)


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The Center for Nanoscale Systems (CNS) at Harvard University was created with a very clear vision: To provide a collaborative multi-disciplinary research environment to support of the creation and evolution of world-class nanoscience and technical expertise, for the Harvard research community as well as the larger community of external researchers both from academia and industry.

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