Physics Facilities

Teaching Facilities

The Joule Physics Laboratories include a purpose-built suite of large, open-space Teaching Laboratories that opened in May 2005.

Physics student facilities also include:

  • Main Joule Physics Teaching Laboratory
  • Secondary Joule Physics Teaching Laboratory
  • Student Laboratory Workroom
  • Electronics Laboratory
  • Optics Laboratory
  • Laser Laboratory
  • Physics Computing Laboratory
  • School Project Laboratory
  • High-Performance Computing & 3D Visualisation Facilities

Research Facilities

Physics students frequently use a range of the available Research facilities, including:

  • Scanning Electron Microscopes (SEM, JSM640)
  • Thin film Deposition Facilities
  • Sophisticated Computing and Visualisation equipment, and
  • Full Vacuum Training Facilities (sponsored by MKS, VARIAN, Oelekon, etc)
  • The Salford University Microscopy Centre
  • 8 Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD) systems
  • X-Ray Diffractometers (Siemens D5000, D500 and P4 Single Crystal)
  • Thin Film Deposition Facilities
  • Multinuclear 400MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Machine
  • High Resolution Mass Spectrometers
  • Van de Graaff Linear Accelerator with Rutherford Back Scattering equipment
  • Liquid Scintillation and Gamma Ray Spectrometers
  • Sub-nanometer Resolution Optical Spectrometer
  • High Temperature Pyrolysis Rig (with inert gas transfer to glove box)
  • Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectrometer (for fast composition depth profiling)
  • Optical Scatter (that is wavelength and angular selective)
  • IR spectrometer (Bruker vector 22)
  • UV/visible spectrophotometer (Aquila instruments, nkd8000)
  • Hall Effect Measurement capability
  • Artificial Sun
  • LIBS (Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectrometers)
  • Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM, JEOL 3010, with in situ ion beam bombardment for radiation damage studies)
  • Atomic/Magnetic Force Microscope
  • Dektak surface profiler
  • Focused Ion Beam Microscope
  • Femto-second Laser System (being commissioned)
  • Excimer Laser
  • Neodymium-YAG Lasers
  • Intelligent Gravimetric Analysers (with Dynamic Sampling Mass Spectrometry)
  • High-Current, Low-Energy Ion Implanter
  • Rapid Thermal Annealing
  • Mossbauer Spectrometers (Fe and Sn)
  • A range of further Optical Spectrometers
  • Radio-Frequency Growth Furnace
  • Argon Glove Box, and an
  • Argon Arc Furnace