A central aim of nanoscience experiments is reaching the regime where quantum phenomena begin to govern the behaviour of the system. This promises to allow new generations of properties and devices just as conventional microcircuits are running up against the physical limits of further miniaturization. While quantum behaviour can be observed in very small samples at relatively high temperatures, it becomes much more apparent as the temperature is lowered. The expense of microkelvin facilities has hitherto been a deterrent to making nanoscience experiments in this temperature regime.

Objectives of Microkelvin


The management of the Microkelvin consortium will focus on six aspects: organization, time, budget, quality, communications, risks and knowledge.

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The Microkelvin Collaboration has to be seen as the next evolutionary step in the integration and restructuring of European ultralow temperature infrastructure.

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