Core Facilities

 

ERINC – Core Facilities and Labs

UofL Core Facilities
UofL Labs
ElectroOptics Lab

The Electro-optics Laboratory (1800 sq. ft.) is set up for the design, fabrication and experimental characterization of spatial light modulators, diffractive optics and experimental breadboard systems built from these components. One 4’x10’ table is being used for femtosecond laser spectroscopy measurements by Dr. Alphenaar’s group of nanowires. The lab also contains controlled dark room areas and wet benches for photographic holographic and photolithographic processing.
Major equipment items include:

    • Various scientific lasers (more than one dozen)
    • Femtosecond laser spectroscopy system including cryostat to 4K and 4T magnet
    • Three optical tables complete with a breadboarding supplies and components
    • Olympus IX71 inverted microscope w/ cameras, laser trapping, piezostage
    • Various liquid crystal spatial light modulators
    • TI Digital Light Processing (DLP) evaluation kit
    • Four million-pixel cooled CCD camera
    • Various computers, video cameras and frame grabbers
    • Scientific measurement and test instrumentation
    • Sutter tapered fiber and pipette puller
    • Highly stable motorized submicron and nanometer resolution translation stages
    • PC laptop-based DSP vibration and sound analyzer

Contact: Dr. Mahendra K Sunkara

Location: Shumaker Research Building – Room 107 (Map)

NanoElectronics Lab
Computer Vision & Image Processing Lab (CVIP Lab)
Advanced Materials Lab

The Advanced Materials Lab has a variety of chemical vapor deposition reactors. Many of these reactors are built/assembled by students over last few years. We expect to add a new 4 inch substrate microwave CVD reactor in the next couple of years. The group’s research focuses on the development of new processes based on chemical vapor deposition (CVD) for producing large single crystal quality wafers (Diamond and Gallium Nitride) and one-dimensional materials (nanowires and nanotubes) for a variety of inorganic materials.

Research interests in advanced materials and nanomaterials can be broadly categorized as the following:

    • Basic research on nucleation and growth mechanisms of crystals
    • Large area single crystal quality film growth (Diamond and GaN)
    • Process development for bulk production of 1-D nanomaterials
    • Self-assembled processes for application-ready nanowire systems
    • Unique product development efforts using nano-scale building blocks: Controlled Transdermal Drug Delivery Patch, Bio/Chemical Sensors, New Electrode Materials and Energy Conversion Devices.

Contact: Dr. Mahendra K Sunkara

Vision Research Lab

The Vision Research Laboratory focus on psychologics and human vision perception.

http://louisville.edu/~eaesso01

UK Facilities
Optical Information Processing Laboratory

The Optical Information Processing Laboratory at the University of Kentucky encompasses resemblance areas of Morphological Transformation, Pattern Recognition, 3-D Data Acquisition, Optical Processing Algorithms for Pattern Recognition, Parameter Estimation and Bio Metrics.

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Contact: Laurence G. Hassebrook

Laser Processing Laboratory

The Laser Processing Laboratory at the University of Kentucky uses short pulses of ultraviolet wavelength energy to modify a wide variety of materials. Modification includes material removal by ablation, surface modification by heating, and deposition by laser assisted chemical vapor deposition. The majority of the projects in the lab have been geared toward electronic packaging, specifically, metallization of aluminum nitride. This work continues under an NSF CAREER award which continues work started under an NSF Research Initiation Award. A new area of research is underway to deposit chemical sensor films as part of a larger DARPA contract on MEMS Based Chemical Sensing Systems. Several other projects use the laser system to micromachine films and substrates for non-microelectronic applications.

The laboratory facilities include:

    • MPB PSX-100 excimer laser
    • Beam delivery system
    • Variable attenuator
    • Stepper motor controlled XY stages
    • Vacuum chamber, in-line vision system
    • FastCAD software
    • PC based control of the laser firing and XY stages

A Tencor Alpha-Step 500 stylus profilometer is also available to measure dimensions of patterned films and micromachined features.

The intent of the Laser Processing Laboratory is to use controlled laser energy as a tool for removing, modifying, and depositing materials to make useful devices. Using the laser as a point source or exposing a pattern through a mask allows these processes to be area specific, rather than depositing a blanket coating and patterning by etching. In this way, the laser processes produce less waste and can be adapted for prototype (research) scale products.

Director: Janet K. Lumpp

Nanomaterials Facility

Since research into molecular electronics is multidisciplinary many shared facilities are utilized. This gives students a great opportunity to learn about many techniques as well as flexibility in research directions.

The laboratory facilities include:

    • Solvent glove box with spin coating and electrochemical station
    • Schlink line and standard synthetic chemistry equipment
    • 3-zone oxidation and annealing furnace
    • Low temperature with applied magnetic field transport measurement station
    • Probe Station
    • Wire Bonder
    • Vacuum Oven
    • Student Computers

Contact: Bruce Hinds

Microelectronics Assembly Laboratory

Since research into molecular electronics is multidisciplinary many shared facilities are utilized. This gives students a great opportunity to learn about many techniques as well as flexibility in research directions.

The laboratory facilities include:

    • Solvent glove box with spin coating and electrochemical station
    • Schlink line and standard synthetic chemistry equipment
    • 3-zone oxidation and annealing furnace
    • Low temperature with applied magnetic field transport measurement station
    • Probe Station
    • Wire Bonder
    • Vacuum Oven
    • Student Computers

Director: Janet K. Lumpp