Research Labs


High Energy Laboratory

The main purpose of the High Energy Physics Laboratory at Universidad de Los Andes is the development and study of applications of particle detectors from research in high energy physics, in various areas of knowledge.

Currently the laboratory has liquid and plastic scintillation detectors -and their corresponding reading modules-for detection and tracking of muons, a developing multi-wire camera, and a computer dedicated to research on this type of detectors.

As a member of the Medipix3 partnership, the department has access to semiconductor pixel detectors with high energy and spatial resolution: Medipix2, and Medipix3 Timepix Developed in the CERN Laboratory. The research is focused on applications in biomedical imaging and particle tracking. The detectors are accompanied by didactic sources of X-rays and a micro-focus source, as well as some radioactive sources. The High Energy Group maintains permanent contact with international research centers to develop pilot projects at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The High Energy Group’s server is also here, with a high storage and processing capacity it is dedicated to detector simulation processes and data analysis related to the work in the CMS experiment at CERN developed by the group.


Location: Q-507 Phone Number: (571)339-4949, Ext. 3878


Biophysics Laboratory

Biophysics is an interdisciplinary area that studies the structure and function of biological systems from a physics perspective. The Biophysics Group was consolidated in 2005 with the establishment of its laboratory at Universidad de los Andes. Initially research was focused in the study of biophysical properties of cell membranes and, with time, it expanded to include other research areas. Currently, it has three full-time professors with broad research experience and a strong publication record in high-impact scientific journals. The research group focuses on three main areas within biophysics: membrane biophysics, molecular and cellular biomechanics and systems and synthetic biology.


Location: Q-401 Phone Number: (571)339-4949, Ext. 3783

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Nanodevices Laboratory

In this laboratory, it is possible to achieve the growth of thin films and multilayer structures of various kinds of high purity materials using ultra-high vacuum cameras. To this effect, evaporation by current and electron bombardment techniques are used. Additionally, by using lithography techniques or using in situ masks, it is possible to manufacture electronic devices of various materials obtaining structures of micro-and nanometer dimensions.


Laboratory: Q-502 Phone Number: (571)339-4949, Ext. 3824

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Nanomagnet Laboratory.

In the Magnetism Laboratory, we study the electric and magnetic properties in samples of different types of materials that may be in the form of nanoparticles, thin films and volumetric samples. For these measures, we have a magnetometer VSM (VibratingSampleMagnetometer) to make direct magnetization measurements, an AC susceptometer and a MOKE (Magneto OpticalKerrEffect) experiment. On the other hand, we have equipment to measure electrical transport properties of both DC and AC. We have power sources, high precision voltage sources, Lock-in amplifiers, impedance meter and spectrum analyzers. All these measures can be done according to the magnetic field and for a wide range of temperatures.


Location: Q-504 Phone Number: (571)339-4949, Ext. 3826

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Nanomaterials Laboratory

Carbon allotropes such as graphene and carbon nanotubes are of great interest for applications due to their outstanding physical properties. At the nanomaterials lab, we have developed a green, inexpensive technique to exfoliate graphite to obtain high quality graphene in liquid phase. This material is then used to build devices for improved actuators, thermoelectrics, bio and magnetic sensors. 



Location: Q-501 Phone Number: (571)339-4949, Ext. 3820

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Quantum Optics Laboratory.

The overall goal of the Quantum Optics Laboratory is to provide experimental tools to support research work as well as Professors. The laboratory offers students regular practice for the Quantum Optics course, and additionally the opportunity to develop pilot projects in the area in courses such as intermediate laboratory and advanced laboratory.

Laboratory interests focus on the following topics: experiments in the foundations of quantum physics, entangled photon generation, announced single photon sources, communications, computing and quantum information. Currently, the laboratory produces entangled photons, the only laboratory in Colombia with these capabilities. For this we have an optical table with lasers at 405nm, 633nm and 808nm, nonlinear crystals, individual photon detectors (light particles), programmable electronic detection system (FPGA) and various basic optical and mechanical elements required for research in the area.


Location: Q-402 Phone Number: (571)339-4949, Ext. 3784

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Astronomical Observatory

The Astronomical Observatory houses a telescope 40 centimeters in diameter, with additional equipment as multiple CCD cameras and three spectrometers (low, medium and high resolution). Observation projects for training students in the areas of astrometry, photometry and spectroscopy of stars are designed with this equipment. The possibility of doing radio-frequency observations is also explored. In addition to hosting students from various institutions for monitoring projects and data analysis, the Centre invites the public to participate in guided observations weekly on Wednesdays beginning at 6:30 pm, weather permitting.


Location: Building H - 5th Floor. Phone Number: (571)339-4949, Ext. 2758 - 2739 - 2730

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Superconductivity Laboratory.

In this laboratory experimental studies in thin films and devices of micro and nano dimensions are done. Ultra pure materials with superconductor, ferromagnetic, metal and/or insulating properties are investigated in this laboratory. Additionally, by combining materials hetero-structures are generated that combine these physical properties. By studying the electrical transport properties (e.g. resistivity, impedance) of the samples, it is possible to determine how the electrical properties are modified by varying the electric field, magnetic field and temperature. Understanding of these properties will allow for the development of future electronic devices.


Location: Q-503 Phone Number: (571)339-4949, Ext. 3825

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Research Support

Electronics Laboratory.

It was created to give support to all laboratories in the area of research in the Department of Physics in all areas related to design, development and implementation in the field of electronics. The laboratory is fully equipped to supply such tasks as: (Design / Electronic Blueprint Reading, Printed Circuit Boards (PCB), Assembly and Reworking of Printed Circuits using Professional Welding Unit, Knowledge of μ Processors, digital and analog components in general, μProcessors programming under object -oriented language, testing to troubleshoot project problems).

It is possible to do projects that require both analog and digital systems, in addition to designing printed circuit boards that meet specific requirements. In digital systems, we use high end, 8 bit, reprogrammable microprocessors, that will enable us to make changes in the future when making improvements. We also use GLCD-graphic screens in projects that need it.

Location: Q-506 Phone Number: (571)339-4949, Ext. 4889

Mechanical Workshop.

This workshop gives advice related to the design, manufacturing, assembly and repair or modification of mechanic devices and prototypes.

Location: Basement Building Q. Phone Number: (571)339-4949, Ext. 3871


Cryogenics Planta

The Physics Department has  a nitrogen liquefier PLN 430 with production capacity of 480 liters per day, this nitrogen is supplied to the different areas of the University that make use of this cryogenic liquid in some research laboratories, also Science Faculty has helium liquefier with production capacity of 25 liters per day, this helium is used in research equipment like a superconducting magnets and cryostat connected through an extensive recovery line which allows use the helium liquefier in closed cycle and thereby minimize the boil off.

Location: Basement Building Q. Phone Number: (571)339-4949, Ext. 3871

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