The Department of Physics at La Trobe University has a 40 year tradition of design and fabrication of advanced scientific instruments. We have focused on ultrahigh vacuum-based systems for photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray imaging systems and various large scale optical (Fabry-Perot) interferometers for studying auroral processes. We currently have La Trobe-built synchrotron end stations operating at the BESSY synchrotron in Berlin and at the Australian Synchrotron, with another two synchrotron systems currently under construction here at Bundoora.
We are very passionate about precision manufacturing and have taken a major step this year to upgrade our capacity. In June we installed a new 5-axis machining centre in our mechanical workshop - a Mitsui Seiki Vertex 750-5x
This facility is one of the best of its type on Australia and has the capacity to machine components as large as 750 mm in size to a precision of 1 micrometre. This capability will be used to bring to life world leading instrumentation for our physical sciences research programs.