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Washington State University Center for Materials Research

Facilities

Laser Materials Lab

Adjusting the laser to analize material properties.
Ph.D. student Denys Solodovnikov adjusts the laser to analyze material properties.

The laser materials lab has been used over the past few years for identifying and correcting defects in Nd:YAG and Nd:YVO4 laser rods from commercial suppliers.

Thermal Fluid Lab

Preparing Bridgman Furnace.
Romit Dahr (Ph.D. student) and Matt Thurber (graduate student) work together to prepare the Bridgman furnace.

The Thermal Fluids Laboratory houses two high pressure vertical Bridgman furnaces and other equipment for growth of single crystal PMN-PT, for transducers and piezoelectric devices. There is also an RF Czochralski furnace being used to grow Scintillator and Optical material systems.

Solid State Detector Laboratory

CZT detector.
Amlan Datta (Ph.D. student) measures CZT detector response to ionizing radiation.

The solid state detector laboratory contains state-of-the-art equipment for testing and characterizing material for high resolution x-ray and gamma ray detectors.

Semiconductor Lab

Semiconductor Lab.
Jones applies electrodes to the crystals by physical vapor deposition of gold.

The Center’s semiconductor laboratory houses equipment to grow, cut, polish, adhere electrodes and perform physical inspection of the Cadmium Zinc Telluride (CZT) crystal detectors.

Positron Lab

Webster 547 Accelerator.

The Center operates a state of the art antimatter research facility located in the Physics department at WSU. We also have one located in ETRL referred to as the W.M. Keck Research Lab.The positron beam is counted among the best facilities in the world and is used for fundamental and applied physics investigations. Currently a long term research project is underway to store large amounts of positrons to allow for the possibility, amongst others, of antimatter propulsion. This addresses several fundamental issues about storage and the behavior of large densities of positrons.

X-Ray Microscopy Lab


The X-Ray Microscopy Lab is located in ETRL 016 and houses a Hytec Flash CT micro x-ray and a new Zeiss Xradia Ultra 810 with 3D imaging down to 50nm resolution. Our rates are listed below.