Facilities — Characterisation and laser laboratories

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  • Cell characterisation lab
  • Optical polarising microscopy lab
  • 2x electro-optic characterisation labs
  • X-ray scattering lab
  • Photon correlation spectroscopy lab
  • Differential scanning calorimetry
  • Analysis systems for determining dielectric properties
  • Refractometers
  • Interferometric techniques
  • Micro-probe Raman spectrometer

Microscopy and characterisation labs

CMMPE has at its disposal a wide variety of experimental eqipment and techniques with which to characterise liquid crystalline materials and their associated devices. These experiments allow for virtually all of the physical properties (i.e. elastic constants, viscosity coefficients, refractive indices, dielectric and magnetic anisotropies, absorption coefficients, absorption, fluorescence and Raman spectra) of liquid crystalline and other dielectric materials to be determined. The breadth of the techniques available allows any one substance to be fully characterised.

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Laser labs

CMMPE also has at its disposal a number of dark-labs, dedicated for use in a variety of experiments utilising lasers.

Our low power laser labs are used to construct and test our latest developments in optical engineering, including computer generated holography, optical correlation, adaptive optics for ophthalmics and optical telecommunications.

We also have several high power laser labs featuring class IV lasers. These are both tunable and fixed frequency varieties, including a tunable excitation source (optical parametric oscillator (OPO)). High power lasers are used for activities including the testing of optical telecommunications devices, optical pumping of liquid crystal lasers, dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurements, Raman spectroscopy and photon correlation spectroscopy.

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