Oak Ridge National Labs is located within the Oak Ridge Reservation which has a size of approximately 35,000 acres. Located within the reservation is the Y12 facility. Here there is a significant presence of the Engineering Technology Division where my laboratories and office were located. The Y12 Energy Research Facility, seen below, covers an area of over 800 acres with approximately 5000 employees. The photo below only accounts for about 10% of the total facility area. The RED arrow marks the primary lab facility for the Advanced Materials and Measurement Systems Section for which the Photonics and Measurement Systems is a subgroup. The BLUE arrow details the offices and the ORANGE arrow indicates the parking area, which is just outside the biology section. Conveniently, "the protected area" of the facility can not be visibly discerned. To gain access to "the protected area" requires at least L level clearance or in most cases, Q level clearance along with a special 90 day pass, which must continually be renewed.
The Laboratory Facility
The Photonics and Measurement Systems Group had use of three lab rooms all secured with numeric key pads. The pictures below detail the only upstairs lab which was used primarily for general activities. The main workhorse equipment include Tekronics and LeCroy digital oscilloscopes, a spectrometer, Fiber Optic Support System Units, Fiberscan 2000, UV Nitrogen lasers, Helium Cadmium lasers, Helium Neon lasers, and other class IIIb and class IV lasers. There was an extensive amount of optical equipment both optical table equipment (stands, lenses, waveguides, neutral density and bandpass filters, etc.) and fiberoptic items.
Below is a particular Phosphor Thermometry calibration setup. It utilizes a UV Nitrogen Laser, Tekronics Scope, single mode fiberoptic cable, PM tube, Thermalcouple, Heating Unit, bifrucated fiber, various other intermediary optics, and a PC for data acquisition and analysis.
Build 9201-2, room 108, is the location of my lovely office space! Here you can browse my highly organized workplace where numerous email messages have been sent. When I'm not engaging in email conversation, some work does get completed included strain sensor, phosphor temperature, and pressure analysis.