Facilities and equipment

The School houses a suite of premier research laboratories, instruments, facilities and equipment, as well as the Science Faculty Technical Workshop and optics research facilities.

Research equipment

As well as the Faculty of Science's facilities and equipment, the School's research equipment include:

  • A clean room complex equipped with advanced instrumentation for materials fabrication, characterisation and analysis including focused ion beam microscopes, UHV AFM/STM scanning probe system, UV Raman spectrometer, and a pulsed laser deposition system
  • A particle detector development and construction facility comprising clean rooms, precision wirebonder detector development, assembly and evaluation capabilities
  • Advanced X-ray, laser, microscopy and atom optics laboratories
  • A 5 MV Pelletron accelerator providing source of MeV ion beams in 5 beamlines used in nuclear microprobe systems

Laboratory coordination

Laboratory Coordinator, Mr Colin Entwisle, has available an extensive manual of Lecture Demonstrations suitable for undergraduate teaching and lecture purposes. Groups external to the School may arrange access to demonstrations upon consultation and availability of resources.

Technical Centre

The School houses the Science Faculty Technical Workshop, comprising both Mechanical and Electronics and is managed by Mr Michael Zammit. The Centre plays an important part in the design and development of prototype research equipment for new and ongoing research programs as well as the maintenance and continual development of its extensive research infrastructure. It also provides engineering and technical support in the design, manufacture and maintenance of the School's teaching, laboratory and lecture equipment.

Optics research facilities

For information relating to these facilities, please contact: Prof Robert Scholten, r.scholten@physics.unimelb.edu.au Tel. (03) 8344 5457.

  • School/Faculty workshops
    • Mechanical workshops
      High-tech design, prototyping, precision machining, computer-controlled milling and turning, wire-cutting, inert-gas welding.
    • Electronics workshops
      Design and prototyping, analogue and digital.
  • Lasers
    • Coherent 899-21 single-frequency ring laser, with Ti:sapphire and dye gain media
    • Coherent Sabre 10 watt argon ion pump laser
    • 500 mW 780nm tapered amplifier semiconductor laser
    • NewFocus 10mW 780nm tunable diode laser
    • 100 mW Frequency doubled Nd:YAG
    • 100 mW Argon ion
    • 25W CO2 laser
    • Diode lasers and controllers (many)
    • He-Ne lasers
  • X-ray equipment
    • Stable CE-certified high-frequency 18 kW, 60 kV rotating anode source
    • 5 micron spot size, 160 kV, Feinfocus X-ray source
    • Other medium and soft X-ray sources
    • High Vacuum systems
    • State-of-the-art curved crystal Johann spectrometer
    • State-of-the-art 2D Backgammon X-ray detector
    • Double-flat crystal monochromators and analysers
    • A variety of detectors including X-ray CCD cameras, Si-PIN detectors
    • Scintillators, and X-ray photographic cameras
  • UHV Rb beam line

    Please contact Prof Robert Scholten (r.scholten@physics.unimelb.edu.au) for more information.

  • Imaging systems
    • 12-bit and 16-bit visible and x-ray CCD cameras
    • Olympus microscopes
  • Electronic and optical equipment
    • Lock-in amplifiers
    • Spatial light modulators
    • Oscilloscopes
    • Burleigh 7-digit wavemeter
    • Optical spectrum analysers
    • Optical power meters
  • Computers
    • DEC Alpha workstations
    • Personal computer
    • \Black and white and colour postscript printers
    • 4mm tape drive
    • 650MB magneto-optical disk drive

Other services and facilities

Student services

There are a wide range of services available to students at the University including the Laby Ideas Centre, Physics Students' Society (PSS) and Physics Postgraduates' Student Society (PPSS) for undergraduates and postgraduates, respectively.

IT Support

Physics IT support is available to staff and students including: how to get started, how to purchase hardware, requesting on-line support, news & alerts, storage and back-up, and policies.

Research Reading Room

The Physics Research Reading Room is located on the 6th floor.