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Department of Physics and Astronomy


On-Site Resources:

The following facilities, toolsets, and analyses are available for cost recharge or collaborative use with the UMKC Physics & Astronomy research groups:










Characterization:

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

Computational:

Type Method Tool(s) Dependencies Point of Contact
Electronic
Structure
DFT OLCAO, VASP - Ching
Rulis
Physical
Structure
MD - Monte Carlo LAMMPS - Ching
Rulis
Nuclear Particle
Transport
Monte Carlo MCNP - Caruso

Materials Growth:

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

Professional Machine Shop Overview:

Welcome to the UMKC Department of Physics and Astronomy machine shop. Our goal is to provide services and solutions to researches and students that need custom machining or manufacturing. Staffed by Steve Siegel, M.S.A.L, and John Self, Machinist, and located in 108 Flarsheim Hall, the machine shop offers a diverse array of fabrication, repair, and machining capabilities. Staffed by Steve Siegel, M.S.A.L, and John Self, Machinist, the UMKC Department of Physics and Astronomy main machine shop offers a diverse array of fabrication and repair abilities, including welding, painting, electronics equipment diagnosis and repair, construction of new electronic devices, optical projects, sheet-metal fabrication, and a wide selection of machining capabilities. With experience in machining plastics, Teflon, glass, copper, aluminum, stainless steel, and more, the machine shop personnel provides CNC machining for complex parts and assemblies as well as complete cost-effective multiple-part orders.

For questions regarding the machine shop, please contact:
Steve Siegel
Email: siegelsf@umkc.edu
Office: (816) 235-1687
Fax: (816) 235-5221

To Request Work: Work Request

Professional Services and Equipment:

At the Machine shop we are able to perform many services such as, welding, painting, electronics equipment diagnosis and repair, construction of new electronic devices, optical projects, sheet-metal fabrication, and a wide selection of machining. The shop also offers CNC machining for complex parts and assemblies, as well as a cost-effective solution for multiple-part orders.

Arc Welding:

MIG and TIG

Milling Machines:

9" × 49" Manual and 15" × 2" CNC

Lathes:

3" × 8" and 16" × 60"

Band Saws:

Vertical and Horizontal

Surface Grinders

Oxygen Acetylene Torch

Sand Blaster

Small Piece Heat Treating

Materials That We Machine:

  • Aluminum
  • Copper
  • Glass
  • Plastics
  • Stainless Steel
  • Teflon
  • And More…


For questions regarding the machine shop, please contact:
Steve Siegel
Email: siegelsf@umkc.edu
Office: (816) 235-1687
Fax: (816) 235-5221

To Request Work: Work Request

Student Machine Shop:

The student machine shop allows UMKC to increase its production ability while offering students the opportunity to train with and use precision machine tools and equipment. In order to use the Student Machine Shop, one must first complete the training courses at Metropolitan Community College Business & Technology Campus (MCC-BTC).

Equipment

  • 9” × 36” Bridgeport Vertical Manual Mill
  • 5” × 32” Clausing Manual Lathe
  • Jet Vertical Band Saw
  • Jet Horizontal Band Saw
  • Belt/Disc Sander
  • Grizzly Drill Press
  • Full Complement of Hand Tools
  • Precision Measurement Equipment

Student Shop Training:

Machine shop training for Physics faculty/students is being offered at the Metropolitan Community College Business & Technology Campus (MCC-BTC) which is just off of Front Street on Universal Ave. In order to take the milling or lathe courses, one must first complete the basic course at MCC-BTC. Once an individual has confirmation of passing the courses, they will be given keys to the machine(s) they are certified on.

It is also possible to take a basic shop class at UMKC in order to be able to use the hand tools in the student shop, but this class cannot replace the MCC-BTC basic course.

Click here to visit the MCC-BTC website.

Basic Course (CIMM 100)
Prerequisite to Lathe and Mill Courses

  • Hand Tools
  • Drills
  • Saws
  • Sanders
  • General Safety

Lathe Course (CIMM 110)

  • Safe Operation
  • Work Holding
  • Proper Cutting Tools
  • Feeds
  • Speeds

Milling Course (CIMM 115)

  • Safe Operation
  • Part Setup
  • Basic Feeds
  • Basic Speeds

Completed Projects:

The Machine Shop has completed many projects for various research groups, including complex constructions that require precision CNC milling. Here are a few examples of our work:

A Device for Measuring Acoustic Speed through Coal Under High Pressure Cold Fingers for Cryogenics. Gearbox for Diamond Anvil Cell Pressure Changer. Diamond Anvil Cells. Diamond Anvil Cell Thickness Gauge. Faraday Cage. Faraday Cage with Heat Exchanger. Handheld Radiation Detector and Moderator Case. Heat Exchanger. High Vacuum Valve. Hybrid Vehicle Simulator (View 1). Hybrid Vehicle Simulator (View 2). Motorized Pressure Chamber for Diamond Anvil Cells. Moderators for Neutron Detectors. Neutron Detectors with Moderator. Optical Filters. Photoelectric Effect Student Work Station (Made 10). Plasma Vapor Deposition Mask. Plasma Vapor Deposition Masks and Holder. Sample exchange arm and sample holders for a high-pressure vacuum chamber. Slayer Exciter Wirelessly Illuminating a Fluorescent Tube.

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Requests, Forms, and Contacts:

To Request Non-Emergency Work:

  1. Complete the machine shop work request form which can be found on the department’s web page, or you can get it from your advisor or Karon Hink.
  2. Place the form in Steve Siegel’s mailbox in 257C.
  3. Steve will get in touch with the requester within 2 working days to discuss the job. He will also place the signed work request form in the requester’s mailbox.
  4. With each new job that Steve takes on he will give an estimate as to the completion date. If this is unacceptable to the Professor, and Steve and the Professor can't work it out (due to other deadlines that Steve is working under) the machine shop committee chair will help resolve the situation.
  5. When a job is completed Steve will send an email to the faculty member or student. The job will not be removed from the work list until the professor or student replies, indicating the work is complete, or 1 week has passed.

To Request Emergency Work:

  1. The Professor will explain the situation to Steve. If other important deadlines will not be missed, Steve will help with the emergency. The people whose jobs are being delayed may need to be involved with this decision.

Miscellaneous:

  1. Faculty may consult with Steve at anytime.
  2. Students who wish to consult with Steve should send him an email. He will generally get back to the student within four business hours to set up an appointment.
  3. An updated list of shop work will be uploaded weekly to the department website.

Forms and Lists:

Contacts:

The Society of Physics Students manages a student workshop with a complete array of hand tools and equipment for constructing a diverse collection of gadgets, gizmos, and assorted fun physics projects both large and small. SPS members are eligible to use the workshop for their own projects after first coordinating with either the SPS president, the department's machinist, or the department chair.

Students that take our lab courses will have access to high quality and easy to use laboratory facilities. The Introductory Physics courses make effective use of computerized data acquisition and the large available space in rooms 247 and 246 of Flarsheim Hall. The Computer Interfacing and Electronics Lab experiments are performed in room 272 of Flarsheim Hall while the Advanced Lab experience is spread across rooms 273 and 274 of Flarsheim Hall.

The Warkoczewski Observatory (affectionately called the "Warko" (pronounced "Varko")) is located on the roof of Royall Hall and it is open on most clear Friday evenings from May 1st until October 31st starting at dusk. Viewing options typically include the Moon, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, bright star clusters, double stars, and (under good conditions) nebulae and galaxies. Admission is free although you may want to bring warm clothing for early spring and late fall nights. Check the Warkoczewski Homepage or the Warko Twitter Feed for open/closed status, current news, and other updates.

The largest telescope is a 16 3/8-inch, hand-made (by Stan Warkoczewski), Newtonian reflector and it is operated by the Astronomical Society of Kansas City (ASKC) for the university. Our newest additional telescopes are a 14-inch Meade LX200 computerized, Schmidt-Cassegrain reflector plus a Meade Coronado solar telescope mounted piggy-back. (Made possible by generous gifts from the A&S Alumni Association and the ASKC.)

Free parking is available in the parking garage just south of Royall Hall (during the open hours of the observatory only). Access to the rooftop observatory is through the stairway located just inside the double doors on the east side of Royall Hall, immediately opposite of Haag Hall.

UMKC provides students and faculty with a set of computational platforms for performing data analysis and long-run calculations that may require more resources than a typical lab workstation can provide. The computer is run as a virtual machine on top of an underlying cluster of four Dell R710 servers and one Dell R910 server. Each of the R710s has two quad-core 2.93 GHz Xeon processors while the R910 has four 8-core 2 GHz Xeons. The R710s have 96 GB of memory and the R910 contains 128 GB. All the hosts have multiple high speed Ethernet connections to our Storage Area Network. The virtual machine is presently configured to have 8 processors, 64 GB memory, 100 GB of system disk space, 1.7 TB of dedicated storage space, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 5.7 as the operating system. However, because the system is virtual it can be easily adjusted and expanded as necessary.