Space Nanotechnology Laboratory (SNL) is located in
the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research
(MKI). The SNL, along with our companion laboratory,
the NanoStructures Laboratory (NSL), is a member of
the Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL), a consortium
of campus microfabrication facilities with shared interests.
expertise is in the fields of nanofabrication, nanometer-accuracy
x-ray optics fabrication, assembly and metrology, ultra-high
resolution lithography, nanometrology, and nano-accuracy
diffraction grating fabrication.
SNL maintains active collaborations with groups in the
Departments of Mechanical, Electrical, Aero/Astro Engineering,
and Physics and is interested in expanding these contacts.
SNL is the premier laboratory in the world for research
in interference lithography and diffraction grating
fabrication. Our laboratory developed the worlds
most advanced grating patterning tool, the Nanoruler,
which has a precision of well under 3 nanometers.
primary mission is to develop nano-fabrication, advanced
lithography and precision engineering technology for
building high performance space instrumentation, including
x-ray telescopes and high resolution x-ray spectrometers,
magnetospheric imagers and solar physics instrumentation.
lab is also a leader in the field of nanometer and sub-nanometer
dimensional metrology applied to planar lithography
patterning and ultrahigh accuracy optics.
and training of students is an important part of our
mission. Research in the SNL is performed primarily
by graduate and undergraduate students from the Departments
of Mechanical, Electrical, Aero/Astro Engineering, and
Physics with support from a small professional staff.