Advanced Instrumentation for Ion Nano-Analytics (AINA)

The "Advanced Instrumentation for Ion Nano-Analytics" (AINA) group focuses on the development of scientific instruments based on charged particle beams and correlative workflows taking advantage of these instruments. AINA’s R&D activity covers fundamental investigations, instrument development and application development. The targeted fields of application of the instrumentation and methodologies developed by AINA are nano-imaging, nano-analysis and in-situ process control for nano-fabrication.

The team comprises specialists in nanoanalytics, in charged particle optics, in ion-matter interactions and in engineering (mechanics, electronics, software) giving AINA the complete spectrum of know-how that is required to convert innovative ideas and concepts into prototype instruments.

Our different research projects are performed in cooperation with leading international instrument manufacturers and with research groups specialized in the relevant fields.


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