Facilities

Take a look at the facilities we offer.

Ultrafast Laser Laboratory

The Ultrafast Laser Laboratory houses laser systems which emit light pulses with ultrashort duration of less then 100 femtoseconds (1 femtosecond is 10-15 seconds). A pair of parametric amplifiers simultaneously generates two light pulses which are independently tunable from the ultraviolet to the mid-infrared. These light pulses are used to study the dynamical and nonlinear properties of materials and devices.

Projects include:

  • Turn-on dynamics in semiconductor lasers
  • Electron spin lifetimes in semiconductors
  • Nonlinear optical properties of carbon nanotubes
  • Laser patterning of materials
  • Nonlinear microscopy of quantum dots.

Hydrostatic Pressure Laboratory

The Hydrostatic Pressure Laboratory is used to vary the lattice constant of crystals in a controlled manner, mimicking the effect of changing composition.

Research using our laser systems

Our laser systems can be used in conjunction with an optical access 7 Tesla magnet for the study of spin related phenomena. Recently, we have demonstrated magnetic control of electron spin relaxation mechanisms in a number of semiconductor heterostructures.

Advanced Technology Institute facilities

We are part of the Advanced Technology Institute which houses numerous facilities that are available through collaboration.