Large Furnaces Arrive|
Science Applications International Corporation in San Diego, California donated purifed Cd, Zn, Te, and CdZnTe materials to the SMART Laboratory, along with two large high pressure vertical Bridgman furnaces. The truck arrived on Feb. 14, 2005. Moving the materials into the SMART Laboratory was not so difficult, however moving the furnaces in, each weighing 3000 pounds, was a different story.
We all thank Dr. Raulf Polichar at SAIC for his help with this fine Valentine's Day donation.
The truck arrives with the furnaces and materials.
The flatbed truck was loaded from front to back with the furnaces, materials, and equipment.
So, ... how do you lift a 3000 pound cylindrical furnace off of a truck?
The first furnace is removed.
Off to the loading dock.
The Ward Hall loading dock is small and barely wide enough to put the furnace in.
The skilled fork lift driver places the furnace on a pallet jack.
Furnace number one is moved down the hall to the lab where it will be erected.
So, how do we get it in the room?
With some maneuvering, lifting equipment, and lots of help, the funace is placed inside the CdZnTe growth lab. Soon enough it will be erected back into its frame for crystal growth.
And here comes the second furnace.
The second funace is maneuvered into another lab where it will be erected for cystal growth.
While the furnaces were being moved, Jason continues to unload the truck and bring more items to the dock.
Among the many items donated by SAIC was a large softwall clean room.
Bridget arranges the softwall cleanroom posts on the loading dock.
The SMART Lab students, staff, and faculty take a break to have a Valentine's Day lunch.
Mark Harrison, the proud new owner of the two furnaces.
SMART Lab students, faculty, and staff sit down for lunch.
A crate full of materials, including purified Cd, Zn, Te, and CdZnTe.
Also included in the crate were boxes of polished samples and detectors.
Many of the CdZnTe pieces donated will be used to fabricate CdZnTe detectors, while some other materials will be used forgrowth characterization.