Research facilities and equipment available to support the REU program
The experimental and theoretical research in the USF Department of Physics is conducted in the laboratories of individual faculty members, as well as within the Center of Multifuctional Materials funded by the Army Research Office. Below you will find bried descrption of the research facilities available in the labs of the faculty participating in the REU site.
The facilities for design, fabrication, and characterization of nanostructured, polymer-based biomaterials include a chemical fume hood, cell incubator, biosafety cabinet with laminar flow, benchtop centrifuge, dissection microscope, mass balance, pH meter, high voltage power supply, syringe pump, optical table, inverted microscope, cooled CCD camera, titer plate shaker, and personal computers with software for data acquisition and analysis.
The facilities to study fundamental optical and electronic properties of advanced materials include an ultrafast laser system, ultrahigh resolution FTIR spectrometer, and a single nanostructure spectroscopy setup. The experiments are performed at cryogenic temperatures.
The research in the development of new tunable laser sources and new optical spectroscopic techniques for detection of trace species in the environment is conducted in the 4000 sq. ft. lab that has over a dozen different laser sources (deep-UV to Mid-IR), three 16 inch telescopes, multiple spectrometers and detectors, optical absorption cells, astronomical dome opening for stratospheric lidar, and associated high-speed electronics and software programs including LABVIEW instrumentation control and computer simulation models.
Facilities for development of digital holographic microscopy techniques include various types of lasers, a number of special-designed home-built interferometers, optical modulators, digital microscopes, electronic signal generation and measurement instruments, computers, and interfaces for instrument control.
Facilities for single molecule force spectroscopy and sample preparation include an atomic force microscope (AFM), a 30 mW optical trap, two inverted optical fluorescent microscopes, vibration isolation tables, incubators, culture hood, centrifuges, pH meters, balances, refrigerators, freezers, sonicators, and electrophoresis systems.
Facilities for investigation of spin-dependent tunneling, spin-injection, and spin-polarization measurements include a multi-target sputtering system for thin ﬁlm heterostructure growth, and equipment for electron transport measurements in high magnetic ﬁelds (7T) and cryogenic temperatures ~1K.
The facilities for studies of intrinsic protein fluorescence as indicator of amyloid aggregation include a research-grade spectrofluorimeter, dynamic light scattering system, TIRF microscope system, well-equipped wet chemistry lab, and access to an atomic force microscope (Dr. Garrett Matthews), and a shared facility for additional protein characterization (Department of Chemistry).
The facilities for the synthesis and characterization of novel materials include several crystal growth synthesis furnaces, automated temperature dependent resistivity, thermopower, thermal conductivity and Hall measurements, two state of the art glove boxes, DTA and TGA, precision temperature and pressure vacuum hot press and custom designed tooling, metallurgy station including specimen mounting/polishing/cutting and a PC interfaced microscope, and a solution-phase synthesis station including custom-designed autoclaves and an Ultrasonic Homogenizer.
Computational facilities for materials simulations include in-house 320-CPU Beowulf cluster. We are the major users of 1,400-cpu USF CIRCE supercomputer. MSL is supported by the NSF Teragrid computational grants, which provide exclusive access to the most powerful computers in the world available for unclassified research.
The computational facilities for modeling biological and social systems include 80-CPU computational cluster, three quad core dual processor Mac Pro with Apple cinema displays, and access to USF and national supercomputer resources.
The computational facilities include 320-cpu in-house computational cluster and access to USF CICRCE supercomputer.
Students participating in this project will have access to the a small network of desktop Linux computers for code development, to the Physics Department Linux server, and to the university's Central Instructional and Research Computing Environment (CIRCE), a cluster currently comprising over 1,400 CPUs.
The facilities for fabrication of nanostructured materials and thin films and characterizing their electrical and magnetic properties include a well equipped wet chemical synthesis lab, Langmuir-Blodgett trough (NIMA, Inc.), magnetron sputtering system (AJA Inc.), Physical Property Measurement System (PPMS) from Quantum Design - a variable temperature (2K-350K), variable field (0 to 7T) superconducting magnet system.
Facilities include a multi-chamber laser deposition system for thin film growth, apparatus for the chemical synthesis of nanoparticles, laser assisted spray deposition system for the fabrication of inorganic/organic hybrid nanostructure, microwave plasma deposition system for the fabrication of nanoparticle coatings of high temperature oxides, a scanning electron microscope (SEM), x-ray diffractometer (XRD), a cryogenic hall probe, and 4-point probe systems for transport measurements.
The computational facilities to study electronic structure properties of nanostructured materials include the USF high performance computing facilities, such as the Condor machines, and Beowulf clusters. The state of the art codes for ab-initio calculations, such as VASP, Wien2K, and Abinit, are installed on those machines and supported by the USF Research Computing personnel.