Behind the Scenes at BU: Scientific Instrument Facility

In our new series “Behind the Scenes at BU,” we take you to places across campus you [...]might not know exist. First up, a remarkable space hidden behind an unremarkable door in a basement on Cummington Mall. We’re talking about BU’s Scientific Instrument Facility, which produces experimental, cutting-edge hardware to support Boston’s vibrant research community. Founded in 1987, SIF produces cutting-edge, experimental hardware for use in scientific experiments being conducted by researchers here in Boston and across the globe. The shop’s highly skilled technicians build the tools that make discovery possible, from desktop vacuum chambers for use in labs here on campus to components for major research projects like the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) at the Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona and at the ATLAS experiment at CERN, the European atomic physics laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland.

Tags: engineering, science, physics, research, instrumentation

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