Shared Resources

Many of the faculty research activities demand the use of substantially more powerful instruments than can be maintained — or fully utilized — by any single department or university. These shared resources are nationally and internationally funded state-of-the art instruments and facilities to which members of the faculty have been awarded specific use allocations through competitive grants.

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On-site Resources

Additionally, the department maintains a wide array of on-site resources and advanced instrumentation for conducting research and for third-party use.

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Fabrication Shop

The UMKC Department of Physics and Astronomy fabrication shop provides custom machining and manufacturing services to researchers and students.

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Shared Resources


The astronomers in the Department of Physics and Astronomy conduct observational extragalactic astronomy research that focuses on the formation and evolution of structure on the largest scales. They and their students use the following data surveys, observational facilities and imaging tools to conduct their research.


Space-based facilities

Ground-based facilities (continental North America)

Ground-based facilities (Hawaii)

Ground-based facilities (South America)

Ground based facilities (Europe)

Ground-based facilities (Antarctica)

Researchers in the Department of Physics and Astronomy often require computing power or specialized computer systems that exceed the capabilities of those that are available on the UMKC campus. This may include the need to make use of massively parallelized machines, machines with specialized visualization software, hybrid CPU/GPU type systems, machines with field programmable gate arrays, extra-large data sets or extreme memory requirements.

Many groups make use of the computers that are maintained as a part of the University of Missouri Research Computing Support Services (UM-RCSS), the Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) Center and various National Science Foundation resources through the XSEDE umbrella program  — the National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS) and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC).

Most of the machines require specific requests by faculty members to be able to make student accounts on them and thus the requests are typically tied to specific research projects. Additionally, the systems that are managed by DOE and NSF require annual allocation requests for time on specific machines. Undergraduate students that participate in research often have the opportunity to work on such machines.

Researchers in the Department of Physics and Astronomy often require the use of instrumentation beyond that which is available directly within the department or from our local collaborators — oral biology, chemistry and geosciences. This includes the need to make use of advanced electron microscopes and neutron or X-ray beam lines such as those maintained by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

On-site Resources


Our faculty maintains a diverse collection of on-site research equipment. These facilities, tool-sets and analyses capabilities are available for cost recharge or collaborative use with the faculty research labs.

Type  Method Tool(s) Dependencies Point of Contact
Electronic Structure X-ray Photoemission Kratos Axis HS T,0 Anthony Caruso
Electronic Structure Spin revolved ARPES Scienta R4000 T,0 Anthony Caruso
Vibrational Structure FTIR - T, Pressure Anthony Caruso
Vibrational Structure Raman - T, Pressure Anthony Caruso
Physical Structure Atomic Force Microscopy - - Da-Ming Zhu
Optical Properties Ellipsometry Woolam xxx - Anthony Caruso
Optical Properties Photoluminescence - T Anthony Caruso
Electrical Carrier IV/CV - - Anthony Caruso
Electrical Carrier DC Hall - - Anthony Caruso
Magnetic Structure VSM QD-PPMS T,v Anthony Caruso
y,n Detector Properties Pulse Height and MCA 252-Cf and Gamma - Anthony Caruso


Type  Method Tool(s) Dependencies Point of Contact
Electronic Structure DFT OLCAO, VASP - Wai-Yim Ching
Paul Rulis
Semiconductor Modeling TCAD FLOOXS - Paul Rulis
Physical Structure MD-Monte Carlo LAMMPS, HRMC - Wai-Yim Ching
Paul Rulis
Nuclear Particle Transport Monte Carlo MCNP - Anthony Caruso


Materials Growth
Type  Method Tool(s) Dependencies Point of Contact
Thin Film RF/DC Magnetron Sputtering Lesker xxx gun T, Power Pressure Anthony Caruso
Thin Film PECVD Homebuilt T, Power Pressure Anthony Caruso
Bulk Laser Heated Diamond Cell Homebuilt - Anthony Caruso