Resources

Facilities

The Chicago Quantum Exchange institutions have state-of-the-art facilities and equipment that will help advance quantum information science and catalyze new technologies.

The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility located at Argonne National Laboratory, enables breakthroughs in science and engineering by providing supercomputing resources and expertise to research programs, and is the future home of Argonne’s first exascale system, Aurora.

Supported by the DOE's Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) program, the ALCF and its partner organization, the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, operate leadership-class supercomputers that are orders of magnitude more powerful than the systems typically used for open science.

Additionally, the ALCF’s Theta/ThetaGPU supercomputer performs complex and diverse workloads, integrating data analytics with AI training and learning into a single platform.

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The Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM) is a DOE Office of Science Nanoscale Science Research Center dedicated to nanoscience and nanotechnology. From X-ray microscopy that uses the power of Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source to clean room-based nanofabrication techniques, the CNM provides a powerful combination of scientific resources. The CNM houses resources that enable electron paramagnetic resonance measurements of spin-dependent phenomena, a dilution refrigerator for measurements at the milli-Kelvin level, magneto-electro-optical spectrometer and magneto-optical photoluminescence microscope, and a JEOL JBX-8100FS electron beam writer with <10 nm resolution for device fabrication.

A Quantum Entanglement and Transduction laboratory is being assembled in the CNM. When complete, the laboratory will house tools for characterizing non-classical photon sources, quantum entanglement, and magneto-optical single spin responses. This effort will also result in the installation of an adiabatic demagnetization refrigerator for ease of access to milli-Kelvin temperatures.

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The Pritzker Nanofabrication Facility (PNF) at the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME) at the University of Chicago is an open-access, 10,000 square foot ISO Class 5 research cleanroom that provides advanced lithographic processing of hard and soft materials. This facility includes a full suite of optical and electron beam lithography tools; physical vapor deposition tools, including electron beam evaporators and sputter systems; atomic layer deposition; plasma etching tools using both fluorine and chlorine-based chemistries; tube furnaces for nitride and oxide growth as well as annealing; and wet benches to accommodate most wet processing needs. Inspection tools include scanning electron as well as advanced optical microscopy, profilometry, ellipsometry, and thin-film interferometry.

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The Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) facility in the UChicago Chemistry department supports the entire campus with access to equipment and free training for characterization of solutions of chemical compounds. Open to trained users 24/7, researchers operate equipment themselves and pay recharge fees for instrument time. Labs in three buildings primarily support synthetic chemistry, but other applications are very welcome. The Searle and Gordon Center NMR labs house two 400 MHz automated spectrometers (chiefly for easy and high-throughput data acquisition, including multinuclear and common 2D NMR), and three manually-operated 500 MHz instruments (for rapid access and intensive extended use, including multinuclear and 2D/3D spectroscopy, variable-temperature work, diffusion measurements, structure characterization, etc.). One instrument features an optical apparatus for NMR monitoring of photochemical reactions. The Searle lab features a small wet lab enabling titrations and kinetics/reaction monitoring. There is also an electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) instrument (X-band with cryocooler) in the Jones building for studying paramagnetic compounds. Off-campus users can be accommodated with special arrangement.

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The UChicago Department of Chemistry mass spectroscopy facilities provide chromatography and mass spectrometers, IR instrumentation, and inductively coupled mass spectrometry. The facility is available for Chicago-area users.

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The University of Chicago MRSEC maintains a robust set of Shared Research Facilities with resources for creating, characterizing, measuring, and imaging many types of hard and soft materials. All facilities are open-access and available to any interested internal or external user from academia, industry, or elsewhere. Instrumentation includes tools for microscopy (scanning electron, scanning probe, optical metrology), x-ray and ultra-high-speed imaging, spectroscopy (EDS, Raman, fluorescence, ellipsometry, spectrophotometry), rheometry, thermal processing, surface preparation & characterization, low temperature magnetic and electrical characterization, and digital fabrication including 3D printers, laser and waterjet cutters, and a full student shop. Computational resources include COMSOL.

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The X-ray research facilities provide access to the state-of-the-art X-ray diffraction, scattering, and spectroscopy techniques. They perform routine and non-routine small-molecule single-crystal X-ray structure determination and X-ray powder diffraction analysis for a variety of samples. Small angle scattering techniques can be used to probe a broad range of particle sizes starting from a few nanometers. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy is utilized for analysis of the surface chemistry and X-ray fluorescence is used for elemental analysis of bulk materials.

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