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Lab Classes

A variety of laboratory classes are spread out through both the Michaelmas and Lent terms, at both Cambridge and Cranfield:

FIB / SEM / ECS Systems Laboratory

This laboratory aims to provide the student with an insight into the capabilities of combined SEM, Focused Ion Beam systems in the areas of imaging, machining, material deposition and chemical analysis. Students will gain practical experience in the use of FIB systems for both patterning and characterisation at the nano scale. The session will cover the principles, operating characteristics and practical applications of the system.

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Laser Machining and Practical Metrology Laboratory

The purpose of the laboratory is to train user to a level where they can safely operate the laser systems unsupervised. It will also familiarise the user with a range of optical and interferometric microscopy techniques.

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Modal Analysis Laboratory

The module aims to provide the student with an insight into the analysis of machines / systems through the application of experimental modal testing and basic analysis. In a laboratory-based session with a strong emphasis on practical aspects and associated underlying science and technique, students will participate in the experimental analysis of a precision machine or system. The session will cover the physical principles, practical techniques, data gathering and simple validation/processing together with guidance on results presentation.

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Precision Micromachining Laboratory

This aims to provide the student with an insight into the manufacture of high quality surfaces through the application of precision micromachining. A laboratory based session with a strong emphasis on practical aspects and associated metrology. Students will participate in the generation and assessment of micro-machined surfaces. The session will cover the physical principles, operating characteristics and practical applications of the processes.

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Roll to Roll Printing and CNT Fabrication Laboratory

The laboratory aims to demonstrate how research can be scaled up to an automated production line using roll to roll fabrication methods. The laboratory sessions will demonstrate how a novel liquid crystal spatial light modulator can be fabricated. Students will work in a cleanroom environment and consider each stage of the production process. By linking each stage together, a working device will be manufactured. The second aspect of the lab will consider the fabrication of aligned multiwalled carbon nanotubes. This will involve consideration of possible fabrication methods. Processes include substrate preparation, metal sputtering, CVD and SEM analysis.

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Single Point Diamond Turning Laboratory

This laboratory aims to provide the student with an insight into the manufacture of high quality surfaces through the application of diamond turning. A laboratory based session with a strong emphasis on practical aspects and associated metrology, students will participate in the generation and assessment of diamond turned surfaces. The session will cover the physical principles, operating characteristics and practical applications of the processes.

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Test and Measurement Laboratory

The laboratory aims to provide the student with an insight into the assessment of high quality surfaces. A laboratory based session with a strong emphasis on practical aspects, students will participate in the measurement of optical surfaces. The session will cover the physical principles, instrument characteristics and measurement process.

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