Facilities at LumiLab

More services and facilities can be found within the Department of Solid State Sciences or the Center of Expertise at NB-Photonics.

Perkin Elmer multifunctional spectrophotometers

 Two Perkin Elmer Lambda 1050 UV-Vis-NIR spectrophotometers for both specular and diffuse transmission and reflection measurements. One of the instruments is dedicated to diffuse transmission and reflection measurements, using an integrating sphere or praying mantis. Using the latter attachment, measurements can be performed under a controller atmosphere and at elevated temperature. The other instrument is equipped with a TAMS (total absolute measurement system) and can be used for angle dependent transmission and reflection measurements under controlled polarization conditions, including measurement of BRDF (bidirectional reflection distribution function) and mapping of wafer surfaces.

 Perky and Elma - Set of two UV-VIS-NIR spectrophotometers for diffuse and specular transmission and reflection measurements, including angle and temperature dependent measurements and automated mapping


UV-VIS-NIR spectrophotometer

Double beam – double monochromator UV-VIS-NIR spectrophotometer for the optical characterisation of thin films. Measurement range from 200 to 3300nm. An extension is available to measure the (diffuse) reflectance of powders and thin films (200 - 2000nm), using an integrating sphere.

Type: Varian Cary 500

 Varian "Cary" 500

Fluorescence spectrometer

Photoluminescence setup, enabling high resolution excitation and emission measurements. The combination of a Xe arc lamp and a double excitation monochromator allows selecting an excitation in the range from 250 to 900nm, with narrow band width and low stray light. At the emission side, two detectors are available for measurements between 300 and 1650nm. The setup can be extended with a cryostat, for measurements between 4 and 500K.

Type: Edinburgh FS920

Edinburgh "Eddy" FS920

Intensified CCD

This instrument is used for measuring integrated and time-resolved optical emission spectra (both electro- and photoluminescence). On periodic signals, a time resolution down to 2 ns can be obtained. It is coupled to a 0.5 m Ebert monochomator. For photoluminescence decay measurements, a 337 nm pulsed nitrogen laser is available (pulse length < 1ns). Using the dye extension, the excitation can be tuned between 360 and 600nm.

Type: Andor DH720

Andor DH720

Tunable laser

Our tunable laser system comprises a nanosecond optical parametric oscillator and Q-switched pump laser in a single housing. It features hands-free wavelength tuning from 210 nm to 2600 nm, a 10 Hz repeptition rate, 4 ns pulse duration at an energy of about 10 mJ. Direct outputs at 1064 nm, 532 nm and 355 nm are available. Useful for decay time measurements, laser ablation and excitation and charging of phosphor materials.

Type: Ekspla NT340

Tunable laser 


Portable light detectors

Mixed bag of detectors for photometry, radiometry and spectroscopy. 
Types: Ocean Optics HR2000+ and QE65000, AvaSpec HERO and NIR, ILT1700, etc.



Infrared camera

This accurate non-contact temperature sensors offers comprehensive visual temperature monitoring of our experiments.

Type: FLIR A35

InfraRed camera


TL/TQ setup

Homemade setup for thermoluminescence spectroscopy with low energy photon excitation.

TL-TQ setup


Scanning electron microscope

Fully automated VP-SEM equipped with a number of extensions for chemical and structural analysis. These features include EDX (energy dispersive x-ray analysis), CL (cathodoluminescence) and a cooling/heating stage.

Type: Hitachi S-3400N

 Hitachi S3400-N with EDX, heating stage and beam blanker

Photocatalysis setup

Batch reactor for measurement of photocatalytic breakdown of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in air.

Photocatalysis setup



A series of tube and muffle furnaces is available for synthesis, annealing and sintering under air, vacuum, inert or reactive atmosphere.

Several of available furnaces


Ball mill

Planetary ball mill for powerful and quick grinding of material with feed size < 10 mm resulting in a final fineness < 1 µm, or for colloidal grinding < 0.1 µm. This benchtop model consists of 1 grinding station equipped with a ZrO2 grinding jar (50 ml). Both dry and wet grinding are possible.

Type: Retsch PM 100


Climate chamber

With this device accelerated aging can be tested at a combination of high temperature and humidity.

Type: Memmert HCP 108

Climate chamber



The glovebox working station offers an oxygen-free atmosphere to store and prepare samples.

Type: MBRAUN LABstar