Through CASPER's partnership with the Central Texas Astronomical Society, CASPER students have access to the Paul and Jane Meyer Observatory providing them the ability to pursue a variety of experimental astronomy projects, many of which are conducted in connection with the McDonald Observatory of the University of Texas.
The HIDPL and the SSL are currently co-located in a stand-alone facility on the campus of Texas State Technical College. Researchers within the HIDPL or the SSL have access to two GEC RF Reference Cells, a Zyvex S100 nanomanipulator system, a plasma accelerator retrofitted for dust particle acceleration, a solid state, frequency doubled Nd:YVO4 laser (Coherent-Verdi) and two light gas accelerator systems. Full diagnostics for the above are available as well as outstanding on-site technical support in the areas of CAD/CAM, electrical discharge machining, lab safety, lasers, manufacturing, non-destructive testing/preventive maintenance, numerical control integration, plasma drag accelerators, system instrumentation, vacuum systems and welding. On-site fabrication and production capabilities are also available using CASPER's Fryer TR-10 mill, Hass TL-2 Lathe and/or two Summit VS350 mills.
Both the HIDPL and the SSL are scheduled to move in late 2012 or early 2013 into the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative in Baylor's new research park, the Central Texas Technology and Research Park (CTTRP). Once complete, the BRIC will encompass over 300,000 square feet of research, advanced technical training and industry space, providing CASPER students an unparalleled resource for research and learning.
CASPER facilities are available for contract work or use in collaborative efforts leading to joint publications. Research contracts are generally conducted by members of the HIDPL who carry out the work, analyze the data and then submit a report to the contracting agency. Under special circumstances, contract work can also be conducted by the contractor with technical and/or manufacturing assistance provided by members of the lab. (In this case, all responsibility for data analysis rests with the contracting agency.)
Specific information or price quotes can be obtained by contacting Dr. Truell W. Hyde.