The Advanced Research Center for Nanolithography (ARCNL) is a research centre that is part of NWO-I.
ARCNL is a public-private partnership between NWO (previously FOM), University of Amsterdam, VU Amsterdam and the company ASML. ARCNL is a new type of organisation unit within NWO that combines the best of both worlds: the scientific strength of NWO and its university partners with the application-oriented, demand-side management of a private party.
ARCNL focuses on the fundamental physics and chemistry behind current and future technology for nanolithography, especially for application in the semiconductor industry. The scientific programme of ARCNL is closely related to the interest areas of ASML. A large part of this programme focusses on the physical and chemical processes that are vital for nanolithography with extreme ultraviolet (EUV) light. ARCNL's research is consolidated in three departments:
- Source: physics behind the generation of EUV light
- Metrology: new principles for producing accurate images and precise measurements
- Materials: materials physics for application in lithography instrumentation
ARCNL occupies an international position in the research in these three areas.
ARCNL formally started on 1 January 2014 and since 1 September 2015, it has been an independent organisation unit within NWO-I. ARCNL receives administrative and technical support from its neighbouring institute AMOLF.