Facilities at CACP

CACP’s research is carried out in seven dedicated research laboratories and darkrooms.

Facilities include:

  • Two Laser Scattering Research Laboratories equipped at state-of-the-art equipment and instrumentation for light scattering research and particle optical characterisation
  • Two Instrumentation Research Laboratories equipped with precision machining and fabrication facilities (used primarily by CACP Particle Instruments Research group)
  • A JOEL scanning electron microscope suite with Energy-dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy
  • A 60-processor computer cluster supporting both astronomy research and theoretical light scattering modelling research
  • Optical, electronic, and mechanical design and simulation software tools including  Zemax™, Cadstar™, Inventor™ and other computer tools
  • Instruments for the generation, control and characterisation of aerosols and individual airborne particles
  • An ‘Objet 30’ 3D-printer facility for rapid prototyping of precision plastic parts used in both fundamental experimental research and instrument development
  • A dedicated Atmospheric Analysis Laboratory equipped with Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence for multi-elemental analysis, Gas Chromatography with Mass Spectrometer, Ion Chromatography, Inductively Coupled Plasma Spectrometry and number of traceable air quality sampling instruments
  • Instrumentation for real-time measurement of ultrafine to coarse aerosol number and mass size distributions

CACP now also operates a remote sensing observatory at the Bayfordbury field station six miles from the University. The Bayfordbury Remote Sensing Observatory is a NASA AERONET site and is equipped with micropulse lidar, robotic sun and lunar photometers, radiometers and all-sky cameras. In the near future two polarimeters will also be installed:- an infra-red spectropolarimeter with a view angle of 60° and an ultra-sensitive sun polarimeter. The latter is a portable version of the PlanetPol polarimeter (previously used in the detection of the alignment of atmospheric dust), capable of measuring fractional polarization down to one part per million.

Research Laboratories
Research Labs
Research Labs
Research Labs
Observatory laser