The department has excellent facilities for high technology research. As
part of its ongoing research the department makes use of the McMaster
Nuclear Reactor, the Accelerator Laboratory, and the electron
microscopes available through the Brockhouse
Institute for Materials Research.
The department is well equipped to develop and process new materials, including
semiconductors, superconductors, new phosphors as well as dielectric and metallic
coatings for specific applications. Facilities include: gas-source
molecular beam epitaxy, plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition, laser ablation
deposition, lasers (CO2TEA, Dye, Argon, He-Ne, tunable diode, nanosecond,
picosecond and femtosecond Nd+ systems), ultra-high vacuum systems,
multi-channel analyzers, crystal growth facilities, optical measuring equipment
(high stability optical tables, ellipsometer, interferometer, high resolution
spectrometer), ultrasonic analyzer, high-speed data acquisition systems, diffusion
furnaces, nuclear radiation detectors, ion implantation facility, micro-densitometer,
Hall mobility and conductivity system, photolithography, cathode photoluminescence
measurement systems, positron lifetime spectrometers, 150 keV accelerator, 200
keV ion implanter, Auger/SIMS system, surface preparation facilities, spectrophotometer
(IR, visible, UV), transient heat transfer and two-phase flow facilities, real-time
neutron radiography system and plasma pollution control systems.
McMaster University is particularly well equipped in the area
of semiconductor processing through the Centre
for Emerging Device Technologies (CEDT). A
research centre including a state-of-theart clean room facility
dedicated to research in optoelectronic and electronic devices,
CEMD is composed of 15 internationally recognized full-time faculty
members, 7 industrial and government based part-time faculty, 9
research staff, 5 postdoctoral fellows and 32 graduate students.
CEMD participates in the Ontario government funded Centres of Excellence:
Photonic Research Ontario (PRO), Materials and Manufacturing Ontario
(MMO), and also a Government of Canada funded Network of Centres
of Excellence: Intelligent Sensing for Innovative Structures (ISIS).