Instrument Facilities

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SESE offers laboratory analysis instruments and facilities for researchers from other institutions and from within ASU


Facilities include: the Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry Laboratory and the LeRoy Eyring Center for Solid State Science.

LeRoy Eyring Center for Solid State Science

Arizona State University's LeRoy Eyring Center was established in 1974 to provide researchers with open access to sophisticated techniques for materials characterization and high resolution electron microscopy. The Center supports materials analysis across a broad range of scientific disciplines, including physics; chemistry; biological sciences; earth/space sciences; and engineering.

Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry Laboratory

The laboratory's mission is to conduct research in the general fields of quantitative secondary ion mass spectrometry. This includes research in ion source design, improvements in secondary ion transmission, alternate uses of the sensitive mass spectrometer, conventional SIMS analysis in earth and materials science, and to offer high-quality SIMS analyses to NSF-funded geoscience researchers.

Photo of thermal-vacuum chamber in the 100K cleanroom at ASU's School of Earth and Space Exploration

100K and 10K Cleanroom Facilities

The School's home, the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4 (ISTB4), contains laboratories and two spaceflight-certified cleanrooms for assembly and testing of instruments and spacecraft for missions beyond Earth. One cleanroom is rated at 100K (no more than 100,000 dust particles per cubic meter), the other is rated at 10K (no more than 10,000 particles).

The cleanrooms also contain optical benches and vibration-isolated tables for assembling precision optical and mechanical parts for instruments and spacecraft. In addition, the 100K cleanroom also features a thermal vacuum test chamber (above) in which instruments and spacecraft can be tested under the heat and vacuum conditions they will experience while in space.