Research Laboratories

Entergy Electric Power Research Laboratory

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Fiber Optics Laboratory

Faculty in Charge: Mr. Kim Jovanovich

There are currently two fiber optic research laboratories established in rooms 609 and 606 of the Engineering Building . These facilities are routinely used for investigational and applied research in the areas of fiber optic telecommunications, sensor development, and most recently, remote source lighting and illumination.

The facility in room 609 contains an assortment of routine optical tables and breadboards, associated hardware, a 1-meter monochromator, fiber termination equipment, microscopes, optical power meters, oscilloscopes, multimeters , electronic thermometers and the like. This room also contains state-of-the-art optical equipment in the form of a Sumitomo fusion splicer used to create optical sensors and splice fibers together, and an optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR) for determining the condition and operational status of an optical fiber. Most unique to the lab is the presence of a Tenney Environmental Chamber for sensor testing and a calibrated smoke chamber to Underwriters Lab 268 specifications used to measure the performance of fiber optic sensors that detect smoke and vapor presence.

The lab space in room 606 has recently been assigned as an illumination laboratory. The room contains a high-powered krypton laser, two large optical benches with associated hardware, and a color measurement system. Through collaborative arrangements with Omni Technologies, Inc and Northrop Grumman Ship Systems the facility will contain one fixed 18-inch integrating sphere, a 20-inch clamshell integrating sphere, a ProMetric illumination camera, a optical fiber spectrophotometer, several NIST calibration lamps, and several color meters. This facility will soon be a significant illumination lab for the purposes of advancing remote source lighting research.

Information and Systems Laboratory

Faculty in Charge: Dr. X. Rong Li

The ISL is for basic, applied, and advanced research with a focus in the areas of information and/or systems, such as processing of information, data, signal, and image in various systems. The systems involved include, but are not limited to, control, communication, computer, and power systems and networks. Typical examples of applications include target tracking, data fusion, signal detection, machine learning, and pattern recognition.

Optics Laboratory

Faculty in Charge: Dr. R. Azzam

Two rooms are currently devoted to optics, as follows:

Optics Lab (Room EN607)

opticsFacilities in the Optics Lab (Room EN607) include a large vibration-isolated optical table, Coherent Argon-Ion and Dye laser systems, grating division-of-amplitude photopolarimeter with 1-D and 2-D CCD arrays, various mounted polarizing optical components, HP fiber-optic polarization analyzer, setups for fiber-optic polarimetry, photo-elastic modulation ellipsometry, and NIRSE (normal-incidence rotating-sample ellipsometry). The main lab has a separate but connected wet-chemistry room and also a photography/holography dark room.

Ellipsometry/Polarimetry Lab (Room EN608)

Facilities in the Ellipsometry/Polarimetry Lab (Room EN608) include photopolarimeters using reflective silicon detectors (StokesMeters), a Gaertner ellipsometer that can be operated in the null, rotating-analyzer, and StokesMeter modes.