School of Physics Experimental Condensed Matter Physics (ECMP)

ECMP Facilities

ECMP has a range of facilities for materials research in three main laboratories housed in the School of Physics building. These facilities are used to support our research programs but are also used to provide services to government and industry. Instrumentation for nuclear microscopy based on our designs has been sold to numerous overseas laboratories.


Accelerators Laboratories

  • National Electrostatics Corporation 5U Pelletron Accelerator: H, He, 0.5-3 MeV
    • MP2 Nuclear microprobe beamline for nuclear microscopy
    • CSIRO/MARC high excitation quintuplet nuclear microprobe beamline
    • Red beamline for broad-beam analysis: RBS-C
  • Low energy Colutron ion implanter: housed in clean-room, Ar, N and P.

Dilution Fridge Laboratory

  • Leiden Cryogenics (Netherlands) closed-cycle, cryogen-free dilution refrigerator:
      Base temperature = 20 mK
      3D superconducting vector magnet (9-1-1 Tesla)
      Optical windows for external device illumination or optical fiber feed-though
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Optical Labortory

  • Confocal Hanbury-Brown and Twiss interferometry
  • confocal and wide field imaging capability and is operated with 532 nm continuous or pulsed excitation
  • single photon counting detectors (Perkin & Elmer) and an sCMOS CCD camera (Andor)
  • RT-37C, Humidity and CO2 control (Clear state solutions)
  • Optically detected magnetic resonance (ODMR)


Materials Fabrication

  • Clean room: two hundred square metre class 350 laboratory commissioned in 2002.
  • JEOL/Orsay Physics Focussed Ion Beam (FIB) with integrated (crossed beam) Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and Elphy Quantum Lithography control system
  • Wet chemical facilities
  • Speedline Coating Systems P6708 Spin Coater
  • (HEPA) fumecupboards
  • Astex microwave HPMD/ECR system suited to diamond and diamond like material coatings
    Optical fibre drawing system.
  • Pulsed Laser Deposition system with a high temperature stage and a Lambda Physik LPX 305i Excimer Laser (KrF, 248nm)

Materials Characterisation

  • Renishaw Invia Reflex micro-Raman spectrometer configured with both visible (532nm) and near infrared (1064nm) excitation sources
  • Renishaw RM 1000 Raman/luminescence system (244 - 1000nm) with Coherent I90 FRED, Kimmon HeCd and Stellar Pro 514 Modulaser excitation sources (244 nm, 325 nm and 514.5 nm)
    Both Raman systems are equipped with Linkam temperature stages (80-900 K)
  • Time resolved reflectivity system: 633 and 1152 nm lasers, temperature stage: 20-680C.
  • SULA Deep Level Transient Spectroscopy (DLTS) system*
  • 1 Tesla Hall effect system*
  • NT-MDT SMENA portable atomic force microscope (AFM)*

*These instruments also support our undergraduate teaching programs



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