Physical Space

  • 176 square meters (~ 1900 sq. ft.) of research space.
  • One main lab room with 8 smaller dark anterooms.
  • One separate chemical preparation room.

Equipment Inventory

Imaging systems

  • Bruker Dimension Edge Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) system: Contact, tapping and peak force tapping imaging modes, as well as Magnetic Force Microscopy (MFM), Piezoresponse Microscopy, Conductive AFM module  and nanolithography capability.
  • Dektak II surface profiler.

Lasers

  • Lexel model 95L-UV water-cooled argon-ion laser, 6 W @ 351 nm, 488 nm and 514 nm.
  • Coherent Verdi V5 diode-pumped laser, 5 W @ 532 nm.
  • New Wave Research model Polaris 20 Hz pulsed Nd:YAG laser @ 1064 nm, 50 mJ at 10 ns pulses.
  • Lexel model 85 water-cooled argon-ion laser, 2.5W @ 488 nm and 514 nm.
  • Ion Laser Technologies air-cooled argon-ion laser, 0.4W @ 488 nm and 514 nm.
  • B&W Tek BWF light source, 450 mW @ 785 nm.
  • Small solid-state lasers < 5 mW @ 405 nm and 632 nm.

Light sources and spectrometers

  • ORC UV lamp source.
  • Sciencetech 0.75-m scanning spectrometer or monochromator, range 400 to 1700 nm.
  • Edmund Optics fibre optic CCD spectrometer, range 300 to 1000 nm.

Nanofabrication equipment

  • Glovebox, isolation and containment chamber with gas purging ports.
  • Headway Research spin coater.
  • Custom-built corona and contact poling stations.

Metal layers deposition

  • Bal-tec sputter coater, typically used to sputter Cu, Ag, Au, Pt, Cr, Ni electrodes.
  • Key metal evaporator, used to evaporate Au, Al, Ag.

Temperature chambers

  • Delta Design temperature chamber, range -195 to +315C.
  • Thermotron temperature chamber, range -70C to +180C.
  • Yamato ADP-21 oven with gas purging ports.
  • Instec STC200C precision temperature chamber for thin film applications.

Electrical properties analysis

  • Agilent 4294A Precision Impedance Analyzer, 40 Hz to 110 MHz.
  • Agilent 4284A Precision LCR Meter, 20 Hz to 1 MHz.
  • Agilent 4194A Impedance/Gain-Phase Analyzer.
  • Agilent 33210A Function Generators.
  • Keithley 2601 source-meter, I-V measurements for solar cells.
  • Keithley electrometers.
  • Fluke multimeters.

Optical properties analysis

  • Hinds Instruments PEM-100 photoelastic modulator.
  • MTI Instruments MTI 2000 photonic sensor.
  • Polytec laser vibrometer, for measuring nanoscale strain vibration in piezoelectric materials.

Amplifiers and signal generation

  • Agilent function generators.
  • Trek models 20kV/20mA, 30kV/20mA, 10kV/2mA voltage amplifiers.
  • 4 Stanford Research Systems SR-830 lock-in amplifiers (up to 100 kHz range).
  • Stanford Research Systems SR-865 lock-in amplifier (up to 2 MHz range).

Miscellanious optical components

  • 6 large optical tables.
  • 5 computer-controlled Velmex rotational stages, and 2 translational.
  • High Dynamic Range camera with X-Y imaging capabilities.
  • Vacuum pumps and a vacuum chamber.
  • Various silicon and germanium photodetectors.
  • Numerous lenses, mirrors, linear polarizers, waveplates, spatial filters and other smaller optical components.
main lab area

Portion of the main lab showing sample preparation desk space

prep room
Lab room showing Lexel argon laser, Key metal evaporator and Baltec sputter coater

piezo room
Lab room showing temperature chamber, impedance analyzers and voltage amplifiers

laser room
Laser room

solar room
Solar measurements room

spectrometer room
Scanning spectrometer room