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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:

e-Beam lithography Laboratory

This aims to demonstrate precise fabrication using lithography, how this is relevant to industrial manufacturing processes, and the problems introduced when scaling precision manufacture up to high throughput. Also, to demonstrate the principles involved in scientific research and how experiments must be designed for fabrication feasibility. This lab will investigate the fabrication of a test wafer, from design to verification. Students will work in a cleanroom and be a part of all manufacture stages including CAD, sample cleaning, spin coating, e-beam operation, developing, metal sputter, and microscope verification.

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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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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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