The laboratory at CSUSM is a state-of-the-art facility for studying isotope exchange and infrared spectroscopy of materials with 10-20 nanometer lateral resolutions. Dr. Dominguez uses multiple instruments in his research.

  • A Bruker AFM-IR with Scanning Near-field Optical Microscopy (SNOM)
  • A customized Picarro L2120-i cavity ringdown isotope ratio mass-spectrometer for the simultaneous determination of D/H, and D18O and D17O ratios in water samples (liquid or vapor)
  • A Thermo-Nicolet FTIR and Nexus 470 IR microscope (for bulk IR characterization of materials and standards)

And backed by advanced equipment:

  • A 12” diameter custom built UHV chamber with an assortment of CF ports (2.75”,6”) to accommodate UHV qualified instrumentation
  • Two ColdEdge helium closed cycle cryostats (UHV CH-204 Cold Head, 5-350 K)
  • Two Kimball Physics electron gun (2-2000 eV, 1mA max and (2-5keV, 0.1 mA max)