The Physics Group leverages a combination of world-class tools and diverse optical expertise. In collaboration with other facilities at IV Lab, we work on problems in nonlinear optics, nano-scale laser ablation, and optical diagnostic technologies. Some of our most recent inventions include a microscope for optical diagnosis of malaria and a hyper-spectral imaging technique for identifying tuberculosis.

Comprised of two atmospherically controlled rooms with vibration dampening tables, several femtosecond light sources, and a variety of microscopes, spectrometers, optics, and hardware, the Physics Group has the ability to tackle difficult problems and support various projects at IV Lab. Our core capabilities revolve around novel microscope and imaging systems, confocal and multiphoton microscopy, and scattering measurements of small particles.

The Physics Lab’s key equipment and capabilities include:

  • Three Femtosecond Lasers
  • Zeiss/BioRad Multiphoton and Scanning Laser Confocal Microscope
  • Optical Parametric Oscillator
  • Ultrafast Amplifiers
  • High-Sensitivity Spectrometers
  • Beam Profilers
  • Auto-Correlators
  • An extensive collection of Reflective and Refractive Optics


Benjamin K. Wilson and Genevieve D. Vigil, “Automated bacterial identification by angle resolved dark-field imaging,” Biomedical Optics Express, Vol. 4, Iss. 9, pp. 1692–1701 (2013

Wilson B, Behrend M, Horning M, Hegg M (2011) Detection of Malarial Byproduct Hemozoin Utilizing its Unique Scattering Properties Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 13, pp. 12190-12196 (2011)<>

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