Research Labs

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The Physics of Cloud Mixing

The cloud chamber at Michigan Tech is the only one in the world that can sustain a cloud for more than about 10 minutes. We could keep a cloud inside the boxy interior going for a day or more—here's why.

Inside the Cloud Physics Laboratory with faculty and students

Cloud Physics Laboratory

 Clouds are an integral part of the Earth’s environment—providing the water we drink, cleaning the air we breathe, and influencing the climate in which we live. By distilling complex atmospheric processes into essential elements, researchers in this lab study cloud phenomena in a reproducible way. Through suspension of individual cloud or aerosol particles in an electrodynamic trap, researchers study the detailed physics of the particle–air interface or the spontaneous formation of ice in liquid droplets at low temperatures. Researchers in this lab have developed a turbulent cloud chamber to study the interactions between particles and turbulent flows. The chamber—a cube with subwoofers on each corner—allows researchers to control the rate at which kinetic energy is dissipated by turbulence, and measure particle spatial distributions with digital in-line holography.

Location: GLRC
Contact: Raymond Shaw

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Yoke Khin Yap, professor, works with a graduate student inside the Materials Physics and Laser Physics Laboratory

Materials Physics and Laser Physics Laboratory

From the Stone Age to the present Silicon Era, civilization has relied on the use of new materials to move forward. Research in this lab aims to understand the physics and chemistry of materials synthesis that allows control of materials formation properties, and also the preparation, characterization, and application of novel materials in thin films and nanostructures. The ability to control the growth and properties of materials is important for advances in electronics and photonics, and for optimizing their applications in chemical, electrochemical, and biological devices. The lab features four research rooms—each with cutting-edge research equipment. Researchers have access to materials synthesis facilities, a micro-Raman spectrometer, a micro-FTIR spectrometer, a UV-VIS spectrometer, a cryogenic storage system, a phase-contrast fluorescence inverted microscope, and more.

Location: Fisher Hall B009/B013/B031/B034
Contact: Yoke Khin Yap

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Graduate Student standing in front of a microscope on a lab table looking away

Integrated Magneto-Photonics Laboratory

This laboratory allows for the fabrication, testing, and analysis of photonic structures, materials, and film-based devices. Research in this lab has focused on the use of magneto-optic and electro-optic materials. Recent projects have centered on the development and fabrication of magneto-photonic crystals and waveguide structures, as well as ion implantation-induced defect generation in single-crystal oxides. The lab holds a variety of research equipment, including an RF magnetron sputtering system for the fabrication of magneto-optic films, a Woollam ellipsometer for refractive index and thickness characterization of thin films, a metal evaporator for the deposition of electrodes, and a prism-coupler system for the study of refractive and waveguide mode indices and film thickness.

Location: Fisher Hall B005
Contact: Miguel Levy

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Physics Labs—Fisher Hall

Lab Name Location Contact
Gamma Ray Astronomy B012 Petra Huentemeyer
Environmental Optics Lab B004 Claudio Mazzoleni
Quantum Optics Lab B010 Jacek Borysow
Magnetic Resonance Lab B036 Bryan Suits
Cloud Physics Laboratory B019 Raymond Shaw
Materials Physics and Laser Physics Lab B031 Yoke Khin Yap
Integrated Magneto-Photonics Lab B005 Miguel Levy
PE-CVD Lab B013 Yoke Khin Yap
(Electro) Chemistry Lab B009 Yoke Khin Yap
Spectroscopy Lab B034 Yoke Khin Yap
Atomic and Molecular Laser Spectroscopy B032 Jacek Borysow
Atmospheric Physics B021 Will Cantrell
Fisher Hall Lobby Observatory    

Physics Labs—Other Locations

Lab Name Location Contact
Levy Lab M&M Miguel Levy
Auger Lab (global project) Dow Brian Fick
Amjoch Observatory Atlantic Mine Robert Nemiroff
Cloud Chamber Lab Dow Raymond Shaw
HAWC Observatory (global project) Mexico Petra Huentemeyer

Fisher Hall Shops—Serving Physics Labs

Lab Name Location Contact
Electronics Shop B025A Bryan Suits, Jesse Nordeng
Machine Shop B018 Jesse Nordeng