Welcome to the Experimental Astrophysics Laboratory

Catania Astrophysical Observatory, Italy

Ion beam image


Facilities and Equipment Description

  • Ion and UV irradiation center
  • Ultra High Vacuum (UHV) scattering chamber (P lower than 10-9 mbar)
  • Ion implanter Danfysik 1080 30 kV, upgraded to 200 kV on Dec 2002
  • Closed-cycle He cryocooler CTI (operating temperature 10-300 K)
  • Macro-micro FTIR Spectrometer Bruker Equinox 55 (range 0.8-200 micrometer)
  • FTIR spectrometer Bruker Vertex 70 (range 0.4-25 micrometer)
  • UV-Vis-NIR Perkin-Elmer Lambda 19 spectrometer with integrating sphere (range 190-2500 nm)
  • UV-Vis-NIR Ocean Optics optical fiber mini-spectrometer (range 260-900 nm)
  • Microwave powered Lyman-alpha resonance lamp (OPTHOS) with a system for "in situ" real-time
    measurement of UV photon flux
  • Raman Spectrometer Triplemate 1877E SPEX equipped with a CCD detector and a confocal
    illuminator by DILOR (macro + microscope) (400-950 nm) (150-8900 cm-1 Raman shift by using the
    514.5 nm Ar+ laser line)
  • HE-785 mini Raman spectrometer by HORIBA (200-3300 cm-1) equipped with a CCD detector, an
    optical fiber probe head and 300 mW 785 nm diode laser
  • Lasers: Ar ions 300 mW, He-Ne 35 mW, Nd-YAG 266 nm UV (20 kHz, 30 mW)
  • Accesory for Specular Reflection Spectroscopy (Perkin-Elmer)
  • Quartz balances
  • Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer, QMS 200, PRISMA (Balzers)
  • Other Common Laboratory Instrumentation and Tools