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Our Labs

IFP conducts scientific research and technological development in the European context, making use of multidisciplinary expertise and laboratories equipped with plasma systems and advanced instrumentation:

  • MICROWAVE LABORATORY for electromagnetic characterization of passive components at millimeter wavelengths, equipped with a Vector Network Analyzer for the measurements in anechoic chamber of antennas radiation pattern and 4S-parameters over the 26.5-170 GHz range and an optical profilometer measurements of dimensions, profiles and surface roughness of microwave reflectors with high precision.
  • BOLOMETRY LABORATORY equipped with instrumentation for the characterization and test of millimeter-wave bolometers devoted to high power measurements.
  • GAMMA RAY AND NEUTRON SPECTROSCOPY LABORATORY equipped with gamma-ray and neutron spectrometers based on scintillation detectors (silicon, diamond and gas detectors), X-ray source, analogic and digital acquisition systems, control systems of the scintillation detectors based on LEDs.
  • SURFACE ANALYSIS LABORATORY equipped with an home-made spectrometer for X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), Auger Spectroscopy (AES), Ion scattering Spectroscopy (ISS), Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy (EELS) and Ultraviolet Photoelectron Spectroscopy (UPS), a spectrometer for Thermal Desorption Spectroscopy (TDS) and a spectrometer for Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy (SIMS). In addition to these diagnostics used for surface chemical analyses, a mechanical profilometer and an Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) give information about roughness and morphology of material surfaces. Moreover the lab is equipped with a plasma system based on a DC microtorch for the deposition of ordered carbon structures. 
  • COLD PLASMA LABORATORY is dedicated to plasma processing of material surfaces, especially for fusion applications, and to the deposition of thin films by means of capacitive RF (13.56 MHz) plasma reactors.
  • GyM LABORATORY (acronym of Gyrotron Machine). GyM is a linear magnetically confined plasma device, designed and developed in IFP, operative since 2008. Its main objective is the studies of basic plasma physics and plasma wall interaction in the fusion framework. Moreover IFP uses GyM to strengthen its educational role for the integration of young researchers into the European Fusion Programme, in collaboration with  the University of Milano-Bicocca. Particularly applicative courses of Plasma Physics are held in GyM lab

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