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First instrument shipped!

December 8, 2011

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.

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