ECE - Labs and Facilities
Labs & Facilities
The department has extensive research facilities for all areas, including state of the art computing facilities, integrated circuits and systems research facilities, communications and signal-processing laboratories, applied electromagnetics research, solid state laboratories, nanostructures research, electro-optics research and energy systems laboratories.
In addition to computing facilities individually operated by each research group, the department administers a network of high-end UNIX workstations and PCs that are upgraded regularly and used for classroom instruction as well as the individual needs of students.
For integrated circuits and systems research, a network of workstations is maintained with VLSI CAD software that includes Mentor Graphics, Hspice, Xilinx placement and routing tools, and Tanner. VLSI test facilities include data acquisition and RF and mixed-signal test and measurement instruments for integrated circuit characterization.
Communications and Signal-Processing Laboratories
Communications and signal-processing laboratories are maintained for data compression, error control coding, array signal processing, mobile communications, bioinformatics, and biomedical signal processing research activities.
Applied Electromagnetics Research Facilities
Applied electromagnetics research facilities include an optical polarimetric scatterometer, an atomic force/scanning tunneling microscope, and an anechoic chamber facility.
Solid State Laboratories
The Solid State laboratories have a full array of material processing and device fabrication facilities along with specialized equipment for measurement, allowing research on thin-film deposition and characterization, photolithography systems, ellipsometry for in situ monitoring of growth processes, plasma etching and the study of breakdown phenomena, and diamond film growth at low temperatures.
Nanostructures research includes facilities for the study of self-assembly of quantum dots and wires, their properties in cryogenic, noise-isolated environments, and the creation of nanostructures as well as hard materials coatings.
Other electro-optics research focuses on femto- and atto-second laser techniques and sensor development using a high-powered ultrashort pulse laser, and optical diagnostics and spectroscopy equipment.
Energy Systems Laboratories
The Energy Systems Laboratories include test and measurement equipment for high temperature and cryogenic environments for power electronics converters and semiconductor devices, as well as a test bed for advanced electric machine prototypes.