Surface Analysis Lab

Annelle Eben is the first researcher to use the brand new Hitachi TM 3000 scanning electron microscope (SEM). She is examining high temperature superconducting circuits and building a catalog of samples for the Microwave Laboratory and its collaborators.

Microwave Lab

Evan Pease is measuring the even and odd order distortion signals from a superconducting microwave filter. He is using three input signals with a method being developed exclusively in the Hope College Microwave Lab called 3-tone intermodulation
. This ground breaking research will help to establish the limits of superconductivity in microwave electronics and at the same time reveal new insights into the physics of high temperature superconducting materials. The graph to the right (click on it) shows the 3rd order nonlinearity, revealing a “nonlinearity catastrophe” at the superconducting transition temperature. Evan is measuring signals as small as 30 femtoWatts in this experiment.

The Microwave Lab

Chris Ploch and Cam Recknagel mount a CCD camera and spectrometer made by SBIG onto the plasma chamber in the Microwave Lab. Professor Gonthier has lent his asrophysical expertise to this effort by helping us to do this “turbo-charged” spectroscopy.

Kyle McLellan works on microstrip structures in microwave lab

Kyle McLellan was caught designing some rather unique microstrip structures using method-of-moments IE3D from Zeland Software. This is one of the numerous professional tools used in the Microwave Lab to ensure that our cutting edge R&D is competitive at the international level.

The Microwave Lab

Cameron Recknagel and Evan Pease are assembling a vacuum chamber for an experiment in plasma generation in the microwave lab. The gas in the chamber is subjected to a high microwave field which causes an avalanche of ionization events. Cameron will analyze the optical emission spectra to understand the role of collision frequency on the electronic transitions in the plasma.