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Fiber Fabrication/Characterization
  • Complete fiber fabrication facility involving a vertical preform lathe and a fiber draw tower
  • Research-scale fiber draw tower driven by Synrad 100W CO2 laser
  • York P5 preform refractive index profiler
  • York S14 fiber refractive index profiler
  • Progressive Machine Co. fiber respooling system
Laser Systems
  • NP Photonics Scorpion fiber laser at 1550.500nm with 1.2kHz linewidth and 20mW power
  • NP Photonics Brillouin fiber laser at 1550nm with 200Hz linewidth and 50mW power
  • New Focus mode hop-free tunable diode laser system from 1510 to 1580nm
  • Two Photonetics tunable laser diode sources
  • High-power (200mW) erbium doped fiber amplifier (EDFA) system
  • Coherent Mira OPO system
  • Lexel 85 Argon laser system with up to 2W CW power
  • Lexel 95-SHG frequency-doubled Argon laser for operation in the visible and UV ranges
  • Multiple HeNe, laser diode, and superluminescent diode sources, with drivers
Optical Spectrum Measurement
  • Two Micron Optics swept laser-based wavelength measurement systems with a 2.5pm accuracy and 60 dB dynamic range
  • Two ANDO Optical Spectrum Analyzers with a -90dBm sensitivity and a 0.5nm wavelength resolution over a spectral range from 400 to 1700nm
  • Opto-Electronics OFM130 photon-counting-based optical time domain reflectometry (OTDR) with 16mm spatial resolution and 90dB dynamic range
  • Shimadzu UV-2501 UV/vis spectrophotometer
  • CVI 1/4m Digikrom double grating monochromator equipped with a photomultiplier tube and Newport Apex illuminator source
  • Four Ocean Optics solid-state USB spectrometers covering a variety of wavelength ranges
Fiber Optic Components
  • Paired 40MHz Intra-Action acousto-optic modulators (AOMs) with DDS driver source
  • Paired 100-300MHz Brimrose acousto-optic modulators (AOMs) with benchtop driver source
  • Three JDS Uniphase variable optical attenuators
  • Four Nortel Networks erbium doped fiber amplifiers (EDFAs)
  • High-power 200mW erbium doped fiber amplifier (EDFA)
  • Two General Photonics Polystay fiber polarization stabilizers
  • Thorlabs TXP-series polarization controller
  • Two Sumitomo and Fujikura fusion splicers for automated fiber splicing
  • Fujikura PM fusion splicer for use with polarization-maintaining fiber
  • Two 2.5GHz digital oscilloscopes from Agilent and LeCroy
  • Two Stanford Research Systems lock-in amplifiers
  • Data processing computer with Intel i7 processor and 24GB ram
Sensor Manufacturing Systems
  • Two Synrad 25W CO2 laser systems for adhesive-free sensor fabrication
  • Synrad 10W CO2 laser for low-power fabrication and fiber coating removal processes
  • MPB MSX-250 UV Excimer laser with 50mJ pulse energy for fabrication of fiber Bragg gratings
  • Coherent Mira 900 Ti:Sapphire laser system with 180fs pulse duration for fabrication of advanced structures using laser ablation
  • Disco DAD 2H/6 wafer dicing saw
  • Buehler Isomet 4000 precision linear saw
  • Chemat Technologies spin-coating system
  • Two Newport ESP300 controllers and multiple precision linear motion stages
  • Melles Griot Nanomax high-precision PZT motion control stage
  • Two UltraTec polishing systems with fully-articulated sample holders
  • Fischione, Inc. Model 160 specimen grinder
  • Fischione, Inc. Model 170 ultrasonic disk cutter
Sensor Inspection, Calibration and Testing
  • Carl Zeiss Axiovert 25 microscope with phase contrast and CCD capture capability
  • Two stereo boom microscopes for portable sensor inspection
  • Instron Model 1331 electronically controlled hydraulic load frame
  • Two Thermolyne electronically-controlled furnaces for testing up to 1200C
  • Deltech electronically-controlled high temperature furnace for testing up to 1700C
  • Two specially design gas chambers for chemical sensor calibration and testing
  • TestEquity 1000-series environmental test chamber
  • PSI pressure sensor calibrator: 0-250psi with 0.01% accuracy (NIST traceable)
  • APP pressure sensor calibrator: 0-20,000psi with up to 0.1% accuracy
Chemical Processing and Microfabrication
  • Chemistry-Bio laboratory equipped with a fume hood
  • Barnstead Nanopure Diamond DI water supply
  • Gaertner Scientific ellipsometer for thin film thickness and index measurements
  • Dektak Surface Profiler with nanometer resolution
  • Terra Universal Class 1000 modular clean room equipped with a Bold Technology wet bench
  • Edwards Auto 500 RF sputtering system for metallic and dielectric coatings
  • Grizzly G4002 24" metal cutting lathe
  • Grizzly G0678 precision mill/drill
  • Grizzly G4030 metal cutting band saw