State of the Art Equipment

The right tools provide the fuel for groundbreaking research. The following is a selection of equipment at the finger tips of NEOL researchers.

Modified Aurora 3 with Head Scanning
Park System cantilever based XE-NSOM
Veeco Explorer Scanning Probe Microscope (SPM) platform. This platform form features open architecture and modulo design, proving the ultimate flexible for our nanoscale imaging research. 
PHE-2 Spectroscopic Ellipsometer (200 nm - 1100 nm). 
Microellipsometer. This is a home-built equipment invented by Prof. Zhan. Currently, Mr. AlainTschimwangan is integrating the software with the hardware and testing the system.  
Spectra-Physics Tsunami fs laser (with Prof. Powers and Prof. Haus). This fs laser oscillator and the Spitfire regenerator are the work horse for our ultrafast laser applications. The system will be used for THz imaging, spectroscopy, multi-photon imaging, multi-photon polymerization and intensive laser pulse propagation studies.
Spectra-Physics Spitfire fs laser regeneration amplifier (with Prof. Powers and Prof. Haus)
Coherent DPSS Nd:YAG second harmonic 532 nm green laser (200 mw)
Kimmon He-Cd 442 nm blue laser (300 mw). 
He-Ne 633 nm red lasers (10 mw, 20 mw polarized, 30 mw).
BNS Liquid Crystal Spatial Light Modulators (SLMs)
Holoeye Spatial Light Modulators (SLMs)
Nikon TE-2000U Inverted Microscope. This microscope provides the ultimate flexibility for multi-port illumination and multi-port detection. This microscope is used as the work horse for our biophotonics projects, such as ultrahigh resolution fluorescence imaging, versatile optical tweezers and polarization enhanced optical microscopy (PEOM) studies.
Spectrometers (Horiba JY IHR-550, Oriel MS257i, OceanOptics 2000HR, SPEX 0.6m) with various coupling mechanisms.
Various types of detectors are available, including Hamamatsu PMTs, Perkin Elmer single photon APD modules, Andor Tech iDUS TE cooled CCD arrays, etc. Extensive electronics are available for different detection scheme. This include photon counters, DSP lock-in amplifiers, analogue lock-in amplifier, AO modulators, EO modulators, chopper, shutter, signal generators, etc.  
Nanopositioners. We have several Mad City Labs Nano-bio low profile nanopositioners that are used for a variety of nanophotonics and biophotonics projects. 
COMSOL Server. COMSOL 3.2 with EM, MEMS and Thermal applications modules, and COMSOL 3.4 with RF, MEMS modules are available for a variety of nanophotonic devices and MEMS devices simulations. 
Spectrometer Station. This station is used to collect and process spectrum collected by various spectrometers. It also hosts and controls a micro-DAC system for image correlation and FEM deformation analysis. 
LabVIEW Station. Professional LabVIEW 6.1 is available for instrument developments. 
Image Acquisition Station. Frame grabber and software for image acquisition and processing.

Electro Optics and Photonics 

Raith 150 e-beam lithography system (joint with Univ. of Cincinnati). A 3-Lith software has recently been added which will be very useful for our micro-optics, diffractive-optics and nanophotonics research.
Unaxis ShuttleLine Inductive Coupled Plasma (ICP) Etcher. This equipment is ideal for deep etching into semiconductor materials such as Silicon. This is currently been used in the fabrication of micro-optics, diffractive-optics, and nanophotonics devices for applications such as novel QWIP FPA development and THz imaging.   
Denton Vacuum two target magnetron RF sputtering machine.
Karl Suss MA6/BA6 mask aligner. 

Nanoscale Engineering SciEnce and Technology 

Hitachi H-7600 TEM.
Hitachi S-4800 high resolution SEM (HRSEM).
Zeiss EVO-50XVP extended pressure range SEM. This SEM is intended for biological samples. EDAX is available for elemental micro-analysis.    
TA Instruments MicroThermal (µTA) 2990 thermal AFM. This is an analytical system that combines the capabilities of AFM with thermal methods to map out temperature/thermal conductivity. 
Oxford Diffraction Xcalibur 3 x-ray diffractometer (XRD). This is a fully-enclosed single crystal XRD system.
Leica EM UC6 Ultramicrotomewith FC6 Attachment. This instrument can perform nanometer sectioning of biological and materials specimens at both ambient and cryogenic temperatures.  The main function of this instrument is to prepare specimens for TEM analysis of internal details and microstructure.


Qiwen Zhan, Ph.D.

300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469