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The Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum Nano Centre
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The University of Waterloo’s new Quantum Nano Centre is thinking big about thinking small. To understand how small a nanometre is (one billionth of a metre), one hair on your head is approximately 80,000 nanometres in diameter. A strand of your DNA is only 2 nanometres wide.

HH Angus was involved in both the mechanical and electrical design and implementation of this exciting new facility, which is sited between the existing Mathematics and Computer Building and the Biology Building to facilitate interaction and integration between the disciplines.

The Quantum Nano Centre features state-of-the-art laboratories for Nanotechnology research, ion and atom trapping, nuclear magnetic resonance, low temperature superconductivity, quantum optical research, and includes a suite of clean rooms for fabrication and testing of quantum and nanotechnology devices. The location for the building’s specialized labs meets strict environmental criteria for vibration and electromagnetic interference, which determined the location of these labs within the building footprint.

The Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum Nano Centre