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-the art clean room facility dedicated to research in optoelectronic and electronic devices, CEDT 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. CEDT 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).