In addition to numerous individual researcher laboratories, the Physics Department has a number of advanced facilities in Shared Facilities labs available for use by all members of the department. A description of the Shared Facilities labs and the usage schedule is available here.
Experimental research facilities within the Department include a scanning Raman microscope, far infrared lasers, SQUID magnetometry, x-ray imaging, photoelectron spectroscopy, UHV STM/AFM, SIMS, LEED and RHEED, sputter deposition, physical vapor deposition, CVD, AFM/MFM, Auger microscopy, SEM, EBICS, and many other instruments. Students in our programs are also trained in the use of RBS and STEM through the Materials Characterization Facility. Theoretical research in condensed matter, optical physics, and atomic and molecular research as well as astronomy utilize department clusters, as well as connections to supercomputer centers.
Atomic Force / Scanning Tunneling Microscope
For the imaging of surfaces ranging from non-conducting to conducting and from hard to soft and delicate samples, the UHV AFM/STM is the most versatile scanning probe microscope available. The optical beam deflection detection offers unsurpassed sensitivity for low forces in contact mode AFM imaging. Instantaneous switching between AFM and STM imaging modes and simultaneous STM and AFM imaging is possible.
Central Florida Nanofabrication Facility
The Central Florida Nanofabrication Facility is a regional user facility which enables fabrication of state-of-the-art nanoscale electronic, mechanical, spintronic and optoelectronic devices for nanoscale fundamental and applied sciences. The facility is located on the fourth floor of the Physical Sciences building in a purpose-built 2800 square-foot facility containing an ISO class 5 (FED STD class 100) cleanroom. The facility’s capabilities to perform nitride and oxide chemical vapor deposition, deep reactive ion etching, metallization for high throughput lithography processes, and chip packaging are unique to the campus and enhances the other user facilities available on campus. The facility will be open to outside users and will be used to develop strong university-industry collaborations in addition to facilitate the ongoing research in the department and the university.
Physics Machine Shop
The Physics Department Machine Shop is located in Room 146 of the Math and Physics Building. It is staffed by a full time Engineer and is capable of light to medium machining and fabrication. Machines include: 3 Lathes, 2 Milling Machines, 3 Drill Presses, a Band Saw, Metal Sheer, Grinder and other assorted tools and machines. The shop serves both as a resource for experimentalists wishing to save time and labor costs by having parts made in house as well as a teaching facility for students wishing to explore the art of manufacturing their own equipment and devices. A one credit hour shop course is taught in the summer for interested students.
Robinson Observatory is located near the south end of campus and houses a research-quality 20-inch Ritchey-Chretien telescope with a high-grade 6-megapixel CCD camera. Faculty and graduate students use this facility for research projects ranging from asteroid characterization to exoplanet transits and more. The observatory also owns a 14-inch and several 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes; these portable instruments are brought out every week during the academic year as part of RO’s Public Viewings. Such events are free and open to the campus community and the public.