Development of Research Infrastructure of the Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia

On 25th October 2017, the Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia (ISSP UL) and the Central Finance and Contracting Agency of the Republic of Latvia signed an agreement on the implementation of the European Union Foundation project “Development of Research Infrastructure of the Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia” (Project).

The aim of project is to create a ISSP UL as a modern Technological Centre in research of modern material direction in Latvia and the Baltic sea region by improving and developing the infrastructure of Open Access, using it for ̄Research&Development&Innovation.

Within the framework of developing the ISSP UL Open Access Infrastructure, two prototyping laboratories will be established: Thin Film Laboratory, Laboratory of Prototyping of Electronic & Photonic Devices.

Agreement No. 1.1.1.4/17/I/002

Duration of project: 25.10.2017. - 31.01.2021.

Project Manager: ISSP UL Director: Dr phys. Martins Rutkis

The total financing of the project is EUR 15 320 196.


THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROJECT (TIME PERIOD: 01.02.2020. –30.04.2020.)

In the framework of project No 1.1.1.4/17/I/002, The Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia (ISSP UL) has sighned an agreement with Ltd VBLC for the contruction works of the ISSP UL cleanroom supply system with high purity technological gases, according to the contruction project “Industrially produced engineer module”  under technical project “LU CFI cleanroom supply systems with highpurity technological gases”, developed by the Ltd “AR.4”. In the framework of reconstruction works, a liquid nitrogen tank is intended to be fitted for the filling of liquid nitrogen into storage areas, and for the extraction of nitrogen gas with a purity level of 99,999% (5.0), as well as the installation and addition of appropriate equipment to the gas system to be contructed and other works according to the procurement documentation. 

As well as is continued supply and installation of equipment within the framework of the project activity “Development of Research Instrstructure”. Have been supplied and installed in laboratories of ISSP UL, such as the following:

  • High temperature electric furnace Nabertherm LHT 08/18

High temperature electric furnace Nabertherm LHT 08/18 is equipped with molybdenum disilicide heating elements and programmable temperature controlled which enable multistage thermal treatment at temperature range up to 1800C. This furnace ir suitable for  annealing, sintering and solid state synthesis of ceramic materials.

High temperature electric furnace Nabertherm LHT 08/18

  • TL / OSL device Lexsygresearch

TL / OSL device Lexsygresearch - a new measurement system for luminescence studies

Lexsygresearch is a flexible modular system that can be used to study thermally and optically stimulated luminescence (TL and OSL) for different types of samples - crystals, ceramics, powders. Such equipment can be used in materials physics, radiation control, solid dosimetry and archeology. USSP UL purchased this device for the study of luminescence processes and dosimetric properties of solid materials. Currently, the Lexsygresearch TL / OSL device is actively used to study the luminescence properties of various materials within the framework of two grant projects.

Thanks to the modular design of the device, the configuration of luminescence stimulation and recording can be changed according to the user's needs. The purchased lexsygreserch model is equipped with built-in X-ray and beta sources. A heater (up to 710 ⁰C) is used for TL measurements; while OSL measurement provides three built-in LED light sources with different wavelengths. Up to 80 samples can be loaded into the machine at one time. The TL / OSL device is connected to the spectrometer and CCD camera by means of a light guide, which allows to obtain TL, OSL and X-ray luminescence spectra.

TL / OSL device Lexsygresearch

  • Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD)

Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) systems typically use a focused pulsed excimer laser to vaporize a small amount of a solid target material in a vacuum chamber in order to produce a thin film with the same chemical composition as the original target material. The PLD process enables the deposition of many complex materials at different substrate temperatures and over a wide range of background gas compositions and pressures. Our system has two vacuum chambers and designed for deposition of oxide and sulfide thin films respectively.

Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD)

  • PVD HIPIMS plasma sputtering equipment

PVD HIPIMS plasma sputtering equipment is designed for the deposition of inorganic coatings (metals, oxides, nitrides, hydrides) on solid substrates using high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS), which provides a wide range of control parameters and dense coatings with good adhesion. The vacuum chamber is equipped with two magnetrons (150x75 mm target size), a thickness measurement system during deposition, time-resolved optical plasma emission spectroscopy to study pulsed processes, a reactive process control system, and a linear substrate movement mechanism for uniform coatings. Substrate heating up to 800ºC is possible

 

Over the period from 01.02.2020 to 30.04.2020. a total of 10 procurements’ procedures have been finished.

Detailed information on the announced procurement procedures of equipment is available on the ISSP UL website under the heading “About Us/Purchases”.

Information is publishet at 30.04.2020.


THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROJECT (TIME PERIOD: 01.11.2019. –31.01.2020.)

In the framework of project No 1.1.1.4/17/I/002, The Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia (ISSP UL) procurement has been announced for the contruction works of the ISSP UL cleanroom supply system with high purity technological gases, according to the contruction project “Industrially produced engineer module”  under technical project “LU CFI cleanroom supply systems with highpurity technological gases”, developed by the Ltd “AR.4”.

 In the framework of reconstruction works, a liquid nitrogen tank is intended to be fitted for the filling of liquid nitrogen into storage areas, and for the extraction of nitrogen gas with a purity level of 99,999% (5.0), as well as the installation and addition of appropriate equipment to the gas system to be contructed and other works according to the procurement documentation. 

As well as is continued supply and instrallation of equipment within the framework of the project activity “Development of Research Instrstructure”. Have been supplied and installed in laboratories of ISSP UL, such as the following:

  • PVD HIPIMS plasma blotting equipment
  • Vacuum hot pressing equipment;
  • High temperature tunnel furnace;
  • Magnetic noise suppressors for SEM + FBI equipment;
  • laser and optical parametric amplifier


Laser and optical parametric amplifier

Over the period from 01.11.2019 to 31.01.2020. a total of 11 procurements’ procedures have been announced and 4 procurements’ procedures have been finished.

Detailed information on the announced procurement procedures of equipment is available on the ISSP UL website under the heading “About Us/Purchases”.

Information is publishet at 31.01.2020.


THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROJECT (TIME PERIOD: 01.08.2019. –31.10.2019.)

In the framework of project No 1.1.1.4/17/I/002, The Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia (ISSP UL) 22.10.2019. the construction work on the 5 th floor, where the restoration of laboratory premises and other simplified reconstruction work were carried out (the works were carried out by Ltd. “Wood Construction”) has been commissioned by Riga City Construction Board.

Several laboratory equipment has been supplied and installed within the framework of the “Development of Research Infrastructure” project action, including:

  • for chemical technology laboratory use – general application fume hoods designed to limit exposure to hazardous or toxic fumes or vapors are installed. They are equipped with ventilated storage volumes for solvents, acids and other hazardous and volatile substances.

General application fume hoods designed to limit exposure to hazardous or toxic fumes or vapors

  • For compositional, structural and morphology research – SEM+TEM purification plant which is added (built-in) to Tescan electronic microscope. The equipment with 13.5 MHz radio frequency excites the flow of plasma in the vacuum chamber of microscope, including O+ ions, resulting in degradation of the carbohydrate etc. substances on the surfaces in the chamber that makes improvements to the quality of the vacuum and the ability of resolution of the microscope.
  • For electronic and photonic prototyping laboratry uses – HMDS prime oven (Yield Engineering Systems 58TA). The oven ir designed for the treatments of the bases with hexamethyldisilan (HMDS), which provides a hudrophobix surface and enhances the adhesion of the photoresist. The bases are completely dehudrated before applying HMDS. You can also crop the image with the machinery, i.e., you can get a negative image with the positive resister.


2. HMDS prime oven

  • etc.

Over the period from 01.08.2019 to 31.10.2019. a total of 2 procurements’ procedures have been announced and 6 procurements’ procedures have been finished.

Detailed information on the announced procurement procedures of equipment is available on the ISSP UL website under the heading “About Us/Purchases”.

Information is publishet at 31.10.2019.


THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROJECT (TIME PERIOD: 01.05.2019. – 31.07.2019.)

In the framework of project No 1.1.1.4/17/I/002, the Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia (ISSP UL) has completed the construction work on the 5 th floor, where the restoration of laboratory premises and other simplified reconstruction work were carried out (the works were carried out by Ltd. “Wood Construction”).

Construction work of the lobby of the ISSP UL building, the redesign of stairs and the replacement of lift has also been completed and commissioned to the Construction State Control Office on 31.07.2019. (the works were carried out by Abora Ltd.).

Several laboratory equipment has been supplied and installed within the framework of the “Development of Research Infrastructure” project action, including:

  • for chemical technology laboratory use – high temperature ovens FORNABERTHERM LHT 08/16; NABERTHERM LHTC 08/14; NABERTHERM L9/13; NABERTHERM TR60; grinding/polishing and planetary mills
  • for Thin Film and coating laboratory use - Atomic-layer precipitating plant
  • for using in research of electrical and magnetic properties – electron paramagnetic resonance spectrometer
  • etc.

Over the period from 01.05.2019 to 31.07.2019. a total of 4 procurements have been announced.

Detailed information on the announced procurement procedures of equipment is available on the ISSP UL website under the heading “About Us/Purchases”.


THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROJECT (TIME PERIOD: 01.02.2019. – 30.04.2019.)

The Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia (ISSP UL) within the project No.1.1.1.4./17/I/002 continued the simplified renovation works on the 5th floor of the ISSP UL building (built in 1978) and reconstruction works carried out in ISSP UL building lobby including renovation of stairwells and replacement of lifts.

The following equipment were delivered and installed within the project activity “Research Infrastructure Development”:

  •  Optical Spectroscopy Laboratory -  Raman Spectrometer with Lasers and Spectroscopic Ellipsometer;
  • Chemical technology laboratory - Microwave-assisted synthesis system;
  • Magnetic Resonance Laboratory - Potentiostat/galvanostat set Metrohm Autolab PGSTAT302N;
  • Thin film and coating laboratory - Ink-jet printing equipment (Dimatix Materials Printer DMP – 2850).

During 01.02.2019. - 30.04.2019. 5 procurements procedures have been announced within the project.

More detailed information about procurements can be found on the ISSP UL homepage under section “About Us/Purchases”.