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Peter Grünberg Institut (PGI)
Helmholtz Nanoelectronic Facility (HNF)

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Access to the HNF

Getting Started

  1. The first step is to contact HNF User Office.
    The members have many years experience working with HNF users. They can advise you on the feasibility of your proposed project, and can usually give you an accurate time line and cost estimate.
  2. Upon this initial contact, you will be asked to submit some forms. See Application.
  3. The HNF User Office will notify the safety courses and training courses to you.
  4. Dates cleanroom training. Deadline for acceptance of the signed HNF User Access is 11 days in advance.

The entire process of setting up a new project can take a week or two to ensure we have all the details and requirements correct. Once we have the particulars of your research needs set, we will put you on the waiting list for orientation and safety training.

Certain instruments may be backed up so access requires precise scheduling. We do our best to get new users on the schedule quickly. Many users can arrive here within 2 weeks if the laboratory and the specific capabilities are not overbooked. It helps to plan quickly if we can count on rapid interactions.

Upon arrival at HNF, you will be assigned a staff person to mentor your project - particularly in the early phases. Be prepared for a flexible approach! Many new users change their plan of attack significantly once they arrive and become better acquainted with the facility, its staff, and capabilities.