SLAC begins construction on quantum foundry

Construction on the SLAC Detector Microfabrication Facility, located in the Arrillaga Science Center, began on June 14. (Image by SLAC)

The Q-NEXT Quantum Foundries effort has reached an important milestone: On June 14, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory began construction on its Detector Microfabrication Facility, one of the two foundries that will support Q-NEXT research.

The SLAC DMF is a 5,500-square-foot, class-100 cleanroom that will be built on the ground floor of the lab’s three-story Arrillaga Science Center, which opened in 2019. It will feature six bays and six chases. Its ground-floor location and thick concrete floors ensure minimal noise and vibration. The facility will be used to fabricate high-precision superconducting devices.

Construction is expected to continue until spring 2022, when instrument installation begins.

Congratulations to all who made this achievement possible.