First instrument shipped!
Pitt has a very well equipped nanofacility for cleanroom work and sample characterization. Still, several things are missing, including a wirebonder. I just learned that the bonder I ordered together with Levy Lab has been shipped from the factory. We got a semi-automatic model from Westbond:
This machine is a bridge between the world of nano-devices and the world of electrical cables – the ones you can take with your hands and plug into an amplifier. Wire-bonding is something in between sewing and soldering: you have to connect your nano-chip to the millimeter-scale socket with a golden thread slightly thinner than human hair.