The Materials Synthesis and Characterization Facility includes laboratories for producing nanostructured materials and characterizing their basic structural, chemical and optical properties. The facility staff has significant experience in solution-phase chemistry of nanocrystal/nanowire materials, inorganic synthesis by chemical vapor deposition, physical vapor deposition, and atomic layer deposition. The staff includes experts in techniques of nanoscale fabrication by self-assembly. The facility also supports infrastructure and expertise in solution-based processing of organic thin films, including tools for spin-casting, thermal processing, and UV/ozone treatment.
The Superconducting Magnet Division (SMD) has world-leading expertise in the physics and engineering of magnets. With more than 58,000 square feet of technical development space, and facilities to wind, heat treat, vacuum impregnate, construct, and test conventional and superconducting electromagnets and cables. SMD staff are available to work with collaborators globally to help design and build magnets for science and other applications around the globe.
The Accelerator Center for Energy Research (ACER) develops and operates instruments to study reactive chemical species produced by ionizing radiation. ACER includes two accelerators: the Laser Electron Accelerator Facility (LEAF), a 9-million-electron-volt (MeV) laser-activated electron accelerator with 15 picosecond time resolution, and a 2 MeV electron Van de Graaff. Scientists use short pulses of accelerated electrons to initiate chemical reactions. They study the reactions by measuring how the reactants absorb various wavelengths of light (ultraviolet, visible, near-infrared and mid-infrared) and how that absorption changes with time as the reaction proceeds.
The Advanced Optical Spectroscopy & Microscopy Facility combines a broad range of instruments suitable for studies of optical properties of hard, soft or biological materials using ultrafast and nonlinear spectroscopy and microscopy, and single-molecule optical and confocal methods. The facility's top most requested experiments are the following: 1. Time-resolved confocal photoluminescence imaging; 2. Femtosecond pump probe transient absorption spectroscopy/microscopy; 3. Hyperspectral dark field/fluorescence imaging.
Flexible computational infrastructure, software tools and theoretical consultation are provided to support modeling and understanding of the structure and properties of nanostructured materials. Center for Functional Nanomaterials staff members have research expertise in areas that include nanoscale structure formation and assembly processes, bonding and atomic-scale structure, electron transport, optical and electronic excitations in nanomaterials, and homogeneous and inhomogeneous catalysis. Each user project will be guided by one of the staff scientists with appropriate expertise. Engagement with staff scientists will follow the needs of the user project, ranging from support for independent computations by the user team to expert consultation or collaboration with the user team as appropriate.
The Brookhaven Linac Isoptope Producer (BLIP)—positioned at the forefront of research into radioisotopes used in cancer treatment and diagnosis—produces commercially unavailable radioisotopes for use by the medical community and related industries. BLIP consists of a an accelerator beam line and target area for generating radioisotopes already in high demand and for developing those required at the frontiers of nuclear medicine. In conjunction with this mission, scientists also perform irradiations for non-isotope applications and explore opportunities for emerging radioisotope applications.
The National Nuclear Data Center (NNDC) collects, evaluates, archives and disseminates nuclear physics data for basic nuclear research and for applied nuclear technologies. The Center collects experimental information on nuclear structure and nuclear reactions, evaluates them employing nuclear physics theory and expertise in evaluating experimental techniques to provide recommended results, maintains nuclear databases and using modern information technology disseminates the results. The data are kept in dedicated libraries, which are periodically updated. The information is the product of the NNDC-coordinated US Nuclear Data Program that involves several National Laboratories and Universities, as well as, cooperating data centers and other interested groups worldwide. There are two other major data banks operated by international organizations, one in Paris and another in Vienna.
This facility consists of four top-of-the line transmission electron microscopes, two of which are highly specialized instruments capable of extreme levels of resolution, achieved through spherical aberration correction. The facility is also equipped with extensive sample-preparation capabilities. The scientific interests of the staff focus on understanding the microscopic origin of the physical and chemical behavior of materials, with specific emphasis on in-situ studies of materials in native, functional environments.
Equipped with solar panels, pyranometers, temperature sensors, and other instruments, NSERC supplies electricity to the Brookhaven campus and serves as a DOE research and testing facility for the solar community to explore different technologies to support grid modernization. This facility provides utility-scale testing of smart grid-ready technologies including advanced solar inverters, electrical energy storage systems, and advanced sensors.
Completed in 1970, the Tandem Van de Graaff facility was for many years the world's largest electrostatic accelerator facility. It can provide researchers with beams of more than 40 different types of ions — atoms that have been stripped of their electrons. Ions ranging from hydrogen to uranium are available. The facility consists of two 15-million-volt electrostatic accelerators, each about 24 meters long, aligned end-to-end.
The Nanofabrication Facility is housed in a class 100/1000 clean room (5,000 sq. ft) dedicated to state-of-the art patterning and processing of thin films, nanomaterials, and devices. The instrumentation in the facility has been optimized to provide maximum flexibility for its users, with capabilities to pattern a variety of materials over a wide range of size scales, from 10 nanometers to 10 millimeters. The clean room is used to fabricate devices for nanoelectronics, nanophotonics, biomedical engineering, photovoltaics, x-ray optics, nanomagnetics and beyond.
The wide breadth of activities in Brookhaven Lab’s Instrumentation Division is enabled by a set of key capabilities including laboratories for the development of silicon sensors , gas and noble liquid detectors, and application specific integrated circuits (ASICs). We also have device-level computer aided design, board-level circuit design, and high-throughput data acquisition capabilities; an assembly and high-density interconnect laboratory; and facilities for the development and production of photocathodes for detector and accelerator applications.