Laser Imaging and Vibrational Spectroscopy Facility

Laser Imaging & Vibrational Spectroscopy Facility Policies

We would like you and other users of the facility to get the best results as quickly as possible. Our equipment is very delicate and expensive! It is important to treat it with respect and to know what you are doing. When in doubt, ASK! Never force anything including knobs, sample holders or fittings. The facility policies below are enforced for the benefit of all users. They help us to run the facility efficiently.

General rules of conduct:

  • All users must be trained by LIVSF staff before use of the instruments. Why?
  • Please contact Dr. Evgeny Danilov (  ) as early as is possible to reserve instrument training or instrument time. All scheduling is on a first come first serve bases. Why?
  • Please start and end your session punctually (on evenings and weekends as well as regular hours) Why?
  • Always cleanup after yourself! What you bring to the facility should go home with you. Why?
  • Users should make NO attempt to “fix” a problem, but please report the instrument issue promptly! Why?
  • Users are expected to take notes during training and when conducting research as all good scientist do, so bring your lab notebook when you come to the facility.

Using the Spectrometers:

  • Turn the purge done when you are finished collecting data. Why?
  • If you use a sampling accessory please return it to the storage cabinet when done.

Using the Lasers:

Using the Microscopes:

  • Turn each microscope on and off as directed, turn on ONLY the components you need to perform the work.
  • All Arc lamps must be kept on for 30 min minimum and need to cool for 30 min before being reignited. Why?
  • Do NOT attempt to remove any of the objectives! ASK the staff to assist you! Why?
  • Leave the microscope and room clean and ready for the next user. Clean any oil/water off the objectives you used.


  • If you need to cancel your session, please contact Dr. Evgeny Danilov (  ) as far ahead as possible.

You are responsible for your data.

  • Although the facility tries to protect the data you collect we can not guaranty that it will not be lost or corrupted.
  • Leaving data on the facilities computer hard-drives is unsafe for it may be deleted without warning (hard-drives do fail and have in the past!). Store a copy of your data on your computer or move a copy of the data to other media at the end of your session.
  • All data (1) one year or older will be DELETED from the facilities computers, without notice.

Project approval.

Make an appointment to discuss your project, equipment needs and prospective timeline with Dr. Evgeny Danilov (  ). During the course of your project we require for our records a brief description of the project, the instrumentation used, the results obtained and publication output. This information will be used to obtain funding to maintain and improve the LIVSF.


Once you have received approval of your project contact Dr. Evgeny Danilov (  ) to set up an appointment for equipment usage and training. Please make sure you set up your appointment at least 5 business days ahead of time. If you are not able to use your allotted slot or get delayed you have to let us know (contact  ). You will lose your reservation if we don’t hear from you within the first 30 min of your assigned time.

Instrument proficiency.

Generally training on the simpler instruments can be obtained quickly and proficiency demonstrated at the time of training. Projects that utilize the more complex instrumentation e.g. (confocal microscope, or Raman spectrometers) training may require several hours or even days of work with the equipment before you are able to demonstrate proficiency with the instrument. Regardless of the instrumentation you will need to demonstrate proficiency to Dr. Danilov before you can use it without supervision.

Remember: There are NO Stupid, Ignorant or Dumb Questions except the ones you never ask, SO PLEASE ASK, we are here to help you achieve your goals!