Photo of equipment in the labMagnetics Laboratory

Kelley Engineering Center houses the Applied Magnetics Laboratory in two 600 ft2 rooms. The research is dedicated to the discovery, development and characterization of magnetic materials and devices.

Magnetic material characterization

 Material characterization systems
  • Cryogen free vector magnet, 5 Tesla/3 Tesla, with integrated VTI (Cryogenic Limited)
    • Ferromagnetic resonance spectroscopy (FMR), 40 GHz (custom)
    • Vibrating sample magnetomery, 5 K–700 K
    • Strain-dependent FMR and cantilever deflection based magnetostriction measurement capability (custom)
    • Magneto-optic Kerr Effect (MOKE) based magnetometer (custom)
  • BH looper, MESA system with 3” magnetostriction pickup assembly (Shb Instruments, Inc.)
  • Vibrating sample magnetometer, 0.7 Tesla (custom)
  • SQUID magnetometer, 7 Tesla, 1.8 K–400 K (Quantum Design, Inc. MPMS®3)
  • Magneto-optic Kerr effect (MOKE) microscope, longitudinal and transversal, 40 mT (custom)
  • Physical Properties Measurement System, 14 Tesla, 1.8 K–800 K (Quantum Design, Inc. PPMS® DynaCool)
    • Vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM). A sample heater increases the temperature range to 1000 K.
    • AC susceptibility measurement
    • Torque magnetometry
    • Magnetostriction measurement (custom)
    • AC electrical transport measurement
    • Four-wire dc resistance measurements or sheet resistance measurements (van der Pauw method)
    • Thermal transport measurement

  • Water cooled resistive magnet, 1.2 Tesla
  • Water cooled, C-frame electromagnet, 2.5 Tesla with 38 mm pole gap (GMW Associates 5405)
  • Projected field electromagnet, 0.3 Tesla (GMW Associates 5201)
  • Helmholtz coils

Hall probes and gaussmeters

  • Teslameter with single-axis Hall transducer, 5 Tesla, 0.5 kHz, Probe Type ‘A’ (SENIS)
  • Gaussmeter / Teslameter (Sypris T&M - FW Bell 7010)
  • Gaussmeter (Lakeshore 450)
  • DSP gaussmeter (Lakeshore 475)
  • 3-channel gaussmeter (Lakeshore 460)


  • NIST magnetic reference standards
  • Magnetic shield, DC magnetic fields reduced to below 1 picotesla (Amuneal Corp.)

Device characterization tools

  • Interferometric displacement sensor with titanium (non-magnetic) sensor head (attocube systems AG FPS1010 and FPSH/D4/F8/LT/HV)
  • Heterodyne laser interferometer, up to 4 GHz, 5 micron spot size, amplitude resolution on order of picometers
  • Fizeau interferometer (custom) for wafer curvature measurement
Power supplies

  • Triple output power supply, 6 V and 2.5 A (HP, Inc. 6236B)
  • Dual power supply, 20 V and 1 A (Tektronix, Inc. PS503A)
  • Power module, 33.5 V and 1.4 A (Tektronix, Inc. TM504)
  • Bipolar power supply, 20 V and 5 A (KEPCO BOP 20-5M)
  • Bipolar power supply, 20 V and 20 A (KEPCO BOP 20-20ML)
  • Bipolar power supply, 20 V and 50 A (KEPCO BOP 20-50MG)
  • Bipolar power supply, 100 V and 10 A (KEPCO BOP 100-10MG)
  • Bipolar power supply, 85 V and 70 A (IECO BPS-85-70)
  • Power supply, 40 V and 50 A (HP, Inc. 6269B)
  • Power supply, 600 V and 5 A (Sorensen DLM 600-5E)
  • Power Supply, 5 V and 1 A (MEAN WELL NFM-05-5)
  • Power Supply, 5 V and 80 A (MEAN WELL UHP-500-5)
  • Isolated voltage source (Stanford Research Systems SIM928)

Signal generators

  • Function generator, 0.002 Hz–2 MHz (Tektronix, Inc. FG 501A)
  • Function generator, 0.5 Hz–5 MHz (BK Precision 4011A)
  • Pulse generator, 50 MHz (HP, Inc. 8112A)
  • RF signal generator, DC–4 GHz (Stanford Research Systems SG384/2)
  • Analog signal generator, 100 kHz–3 GHz (Agilent Tech. Inc. N5181A)
  • Analog signal generator, 100 kHz–20 GHz (Agilent Tech. Inc. N5183A)

Arbitrary waveform generators

  • Arbitrary waveform generator, 4-channel, 8-bit, 65 GS/s (Keysight Tech. Inc. M8195A)
  • Arbitrary waveform generator, 10-bit, 1.25 GS/s (Agilent Tech. Inc. N8242A)
  • Arbitrary waveform generator, 10-bit, 10 GS/s (Tektronix, Inc. AWG7102)
  • Arbitrary function generator, 14-bit, 250 MS/s (Tektronix, Inc. AFG3022B)

  • Programmable voltage preamplifier, low noise - 4 nV/√Hz, DC–1 MHz (Stanford Research Systems SIM910)
  • Preamplifier, low noise, DC–100 kHz (EG&G PARC Model 113)
  • Power amplifier, 20 Hz–20 kHz, 700 Watts (Soundstream Reference 700s)
  • Power amplifier, DC–300 kHz, 900 Watts (AE Techron 7224)
  • Power amplifier, DC–1 MHz, 75 Watts (Krohn-Hite Model 7500)
  • RF amplifier, 2 GHz–8 GHz, 3 Watts (Mini-Circuits ZVE-3W-83+)
  • RF amplifier, 4.0 GHz–10.6 GHz, 1 Watt (AR 1S4G11)
  • RF amplifier, 1 MHz–1000 MHz, 4 Watts (OPHIR RF 5094F)
  • RF amplifier, 50MHz–3000 MHz, 250 mW (Mini-Circuits ZX60-P103LN)
  • RF amplifier, 500 MHz–8000 MHz, 100 mW (Mini-Circuits ZX60-83LN-S+)
  • RF amplifier, 500 MHz–2500 MHz, 63 mW (Mini-Circuits ZX60-2534-S+)
  • RF amplifier, 100 MHz–3000 MHz, 10 mW (Miteq AFS3-00100300-12-10P-4)
  • RF amplifier, 1 GHz–2 GHz, 1 Watt (HP, Inc. 489A)
  • Audio amplifier, 20 Hz–20 kHz, 4000 Watts (EUROPOWER EP4000)
Probe stations

  • Benchtop RF wafer probe station with 1 GHz–40 GHz capability
  • 4 arm probe station (LakeShore Cryotronics, Inc. EMPX-HF)
Network analyzers

  • Network analyzer, 10 MHz–43.5 GHz (Agilent Tech. Inc. N5224A-200)
    • Installed options: Time domain, Frequency offset

  • Network analyzer, 9 kHz–8.5 GHz (Agilent Tech. Inc. E5071C-280)
    • Installed options: Time domain, Frequency offset

  • Series Network Analyzer, 9 kHz–6.5 GHz (Keysight Tech. Inc. E5071C)
Lock-in amplifiers

  • Dual phase lock-in amplifier, 1 mHz–102 kHz (Stanford Research Systems SR830)
  • Dual phase lock-in amplifier, 5 Hz–200 kHz (EG&G 5208)
  • Lock-in amplifier (Zurich Instruments HF2LI)

  • 4 channel, 1 GHz oscilloscope (Agilent Tech. Inc. MSO6104A)
  • 4 channel, 1 GHz oscilloscope (Tektronix, Inc. DPO4104)
  • 4 channel, 2 GHz oscilloscope (LeCroy WaveRunner 204Xi)
  • 4 channel, 8 GHz mixed signal oscilloscope (Agilent Tech. Inc. MSOS804A)
  • DC–70 GHz sampling oscilloscope (Tektronix, Inc. DSA8200)
    • 20 GHz 2-channel sampling module (Tektronix, Inc. 80E03)
    • 30 GHz 2-channel time-domain reflectometry (TDR) sampling module (Tektronix, Inc. 80E08)
    • Z-line software for impedance deconvolution

Other equipment

  • Semiconductor device analyzer, 0.5 μV, 10 fA (Agilent Tech. Inc. B1500A)
  • RF impedance analyzer, 1 MHz–3 GHz (Agilent Tech. Inc. E4991A)
  • High frequency permeameter, 10 MHz–3 GHz (Ryowa Electronics Company PMF-3000)
  • LCR meter, 100 Hz–2 kHz (GW Instek LCR-816)
  • Real time spectrum analyzer, DC–8 GHz frequency range (Tektronix, Inc. RSA3308B)
  • Sourcemeter, 40 V and 5 A, 50 W power output (Keithley Instruments, Inc. 2440)
  • Sourcemeter, 20 V and 1 A, 20 W power output (Keithley Instruments, Inc. 2401)
  • Sourcemeter, 20 V and 5 A, 100 W power output (Keithley Instruments, Inc. 2200-20-5)
  • Multimeter (FLUKE 8840A)
  • Analog and digital I/O device (National Instruments Corp. USB-6343)
  • USB 8 channel analog output module (ACCES I/O Products, Inc. USB-DA12-8A)
  • USB DAQ (LABJack U3-LV)
  • Power logicon (Uthe Technologies, Inc. 10G)
  • Wire bonder (Mech-El Industries, Inc. 827)
  • Manual wire bonder (WestBond, Inc. 747677E)
  • Universal motion controller/driver (Newport ESP300)
  • Microscope (Zeiss Axiotron)
  • Microscope (AmScope SM-4B)
  • Microscope, motorized (Nikon Eclipse LV100ND)
  • Camera, CCD, 1.92 MP (Retiga 2000R)
  • Camera, CMOS, 15 MP (IRIS 15)
  • Thermal Inkjet Picofluidic System (HP, Inc.)
  • Vacuum Desiccator Cabinets (Cleatech)
  • Tabletop pellet press, 2 mm, 4 mm, 7 mm die sets (ICL 0012-8212)
  • Sonicator (Branson 1200)
  • Microbalance (U.S. Solid USS-DBS)
Software tools

  • Cadence and Mentor Graphics tools for physical layout and lithographic mask design
  • Ansoft finite element analysis magnetic simulation software
  • NIST μmag Micromagnetic Modelling software
  • SPICE electrical modeling software

Solid State Materials and Devices Research Laboratory

This is a 3000 ft2 class 1000 clean room to support the fabrication and characterization of electronic, magnetic, optical and microwave materials and devices. Equipment for processing include systems for atomic layer deposition, RF sputtering, ion beam sputtering, thermal and electron beam evaporation, activated reactive evaporation, plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition, reactive ion etching, rapid thermal processing, wet chemical processing, and photolithography. Also available, for a user fee, are optical mask generating and direct write lithography capabilities. Characterization equipment includes optical and mechanical thin film measurement systems, Auger electron spectroscopy, scanning electron spectroscopy, and measurement systems for the electrical and microwave analysis.

Microwave Laboratory

This facility provides extensive equipment for time-and frequency-domain measurement and characterization of active and passive devices and structures, including electronic packaging and interconnects. The equipment list includes sampling oscilloscopes with multiple 20 GHz sampling heads, spectrum analyzers, noise figure meter, probe station, and electromagnetic interference (EMI) measurement systems. In addition to the measurement equipment, microwave design software suite and electromagnetic simulators are available.

Machine Shop

The College of Engineering at Oregon State University maintains a fully equipped machine shop with a full time machinist in support of research activities. This facility is available on a fee basis. In addition, a 3D printer (Dimension BST 1200) for creating ABS plastic components is accessible for research applications.

Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI)

ONAMI Facilities

As a member of ONAMI, the research team also has access to the facilities of all participating institutions namely, OSU, Portland State University (PSU), University of Oregon (UO) and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). These facilities lie within at most a 4-hour drive from Corvallis. Relevant equipment available at these institutions include: solid state lasers, atomic force microscope (AFM), magnetic force microscope (MFM), electron microscope and a SQUID magnetometer.