The facilities available at AAMU include the detector fabrication laboratory (lapping and polishing station, chemical fume hood with liquid nitrogen and air nozzles), the detector characterization and testing laboratory (current-voltage measurement setup, detector response measurement setup, infrared transmission imaging setup and a cabinet X-ray system) and the clean room, for material processing.
The facilities available to us at Center for Irradiation of Materials include the tandem accelerator, the Ion beam assisted deposition (IBAD) setup, Atomic Force Microscope, Raman Spectroscopy setup.
The facilities at the college of Engineering, Technology & Physical Sciences include a clean room with Kurt J. Lesker dual-chamber sputtering equipment, mask-aligner, spin coater and photolithography equipment; and a JOEL scanning electron microscope. Other Universities capabilities include the Health Physics hands on laboratory and Environmental Monitoring laboratory
National Laboratories and DOE Facilities capabilities
Y-12 National Security Complex’s Nuclear Detection and Sensor Testing Center (NDSTC) has been set up to facilitate university research into the development and analysis of novel detection systems as well as providing real world conditions for detection scenarios. A full suite of radionuclide sources and uranium of various enrichments of U-235 have been provided for demonstration, teaching and research purposes. Y-12 has hosted summer undergraduate and graduate interns who are provided with a summer research project. In addition, Masters and PhD level research in radionuclide detection has been conducted using the Y-12 facilities. Joint publication of the summer research in national publications and forums has been encouraged. Modeling codes and modeling environments available for student use and training include MCNP, MCNPX, Gadris, LabView and MATLAB.
The capabilities available to us at Brookhaven National Laboratory include the National Synchrotron Light Source, automated infrared imaging system, Nikon microscope with NIS-element software, Current - Deep Level Transient Spectroscopy (I-DLTS) setup and Pockels’ electric field measurement setup. These unique instruments enable the probing of the material properties of semiconductor crystals for nondestructive room-temperature-operated radioisotope detector devices.
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)’s expertise lies in the handling, storage, processing and analysis of radioactive materials. LANL has a large and varied Special Nuclear Materials (SNM) inventory that is accessible for research and training activities. LANL houses an isotope production facility that manufactures unique isotopes for the medical imaging and treatment. Through the Isotope Production Facility LANL has the capability to manufacture unique isotopes by utilizing our Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) facility.
LANSCE employs a variety of proton energy beams to generate primary proton induced or secondary neutron induced interactions. LANL also produces isotopes using our National Critical Experiments Research Center (NCERC) at the Nevada National Security Site (formerly the Nevada Test Site) in addition to performing Criticality, Emergency Response, Non-proliferation, and Stockpile Stewardship experiments. Handling nuclear material necessitates that LANL has a robust Health Physics group that works closely with experimenters in order to protect the LANL workforce, the general public and the environment.
As such, routine tasks (personnel and environmental monitoring) and research (instrumentation, dose calibration, dose calculation and Monte Carlo modeling) are performed by members of LANL’s Health Physics group.