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Optical Characterization Facility (OCF)

Optical Characterization Facility (OCF) is a joint spectroscopic laboratory founded by UCSB Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Center for Polymer and Organic Solids (CPOS). The OCF's mission is to make advanced optical spectroscopy techniques available to research groups and provide students and postdoctoral fellows with hands-on experience in modern optical spectroscopy. OCF operations are supported by full-time staff member with advanced degree in optical spectroscopy. OCF coordinator assists users in design and assembly of experimental setups, and analysis of the experimental data.


  1. Pump-Probe Transient Absorption Spectrometer

    Visible and NIR EQE transient absorption spectrometer

  2. Circular Dichroism Spectrometer

    High-end circular dichroism spectropolarimeter.

  3. Coherent Astrella Ti:Sapphire Amplifier

    Chirped pulse single box, low maintenance Ti:Sapphire amplifier

  4. Coherent OBIS Semiconductor Solid State Laser

    Semiconductor Solid State lasers

  5. Confocal Raman Microscope

    JY Horiba is a confocal Raman microscope with mapping capability and high optical throughput.

  6. External Quantum Efficiency Spectrometer

    Provides visible and NIR External Quantum Efficiency measurements in ambient atmosphere.

  7. Hyperspectral Imaging Microscope

    Microscope for global imaging applications.

  8. Janis Research Inc. VPF-100 LN2 Cryostat

    Cold finger liquid nitrogen cryostat for optical measurements with PID temperature controller.

  9. Newport Corporation Solar Simulator

    Large area AAA class solar simulator.

  10. Optical Power Meter

    General purpose optical power meter with thermoelectric sensor.

  11. PTI Quantamaster Modular Research Fluorometer

    Commercial fluorimeter for photo- and electroluminescence measurements

  12. Spectraphysics Ar-ion Laser

    Ar-ion laser

  13. Spectraphysics Tsunami Laser

    Broadband tunable femtosecond Ti:Sapphire laser

  14. TCSPC Time-Resolved Photoluminescence Spectroscopy

    In house-developed time-correlated single photon counting photoluminescence life-time spectrometer.

  15. Ultrafast NIR Streak Camera

    The streak camera is a part of the ultrafast, time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy system.