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How to Set Up a Laser Lab
Author(s): Ken L. Barat
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Book Description

The goal of this book is to present dos and don'ts when setting up a laser lab. Often the researcher and the facilities staff do not understand each other's needs and perspective. They sometimes seem to be speaking in different languages. This can easily cause unwanted delays and costly retrofitting. This book will try to bridge that gap, providing guidance, reminders, and explanations of items in establishing or retrofitting a laser lab.

Book Details

Date Published: 2 February 2015
Pages: 62
ISBN: 9781628416497
Volume: SL02

Table of Contents
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Introduction

1 Exterior Design
1.1 Access control/controlled entry
     1.1.1 Door interlock system
     1.1.2 Electronic lock
     1.1.3 Posting only-administrative access control
     1.1.4 Door notes
1.2 Illuminated warning sign
     1.2.1 Sign conditions
1.3 Eyewear storage
1.3.1 Storage considerations
1.4 Windows
1.5 Door postings
1.6 Emergency crash-off switch
1.7 Exterior storage

2 Interior Layout
2.1 Optical table
     2.1.1 Before the tables arrive
     2.1.2 Optical table is in place
     2.1.3 Which way are the beams pointing?
2.2 Table enclosures/barriers
     2.2.1 Perimeter guard
     2.2.2 Complete table barriers
2.3 Local blocks-beam blocks
2.4 Table top enclosure, beam blocks, etc., rules of behavior
2.5 Shelves over the table(s)
2.6 Work station
2.7 Rack unit
2.8 Curtain area
2.9 Beams leaving the table

3 Environmental Factors
3.1 Utilities
3.2 Temperature control/chillers
3.3 Ventilation
3.4 Vacuum pumps
3.5 Lighting
3.6 Fire safety and controls
3.7 Electrical power
3.8 Eyewash/shower station

4 Interior-Institutional Items
4.1 Space around electrical panel
4.2 Seismic bracing
4.3 Flooring
4.4 Storage (chemicals, flammable liquids, gases)
4.5 Storage space for supplies
     4.5.1 Chemical storage
     4.5.2 Gas cabinets
     4.5.3 Flammable liquid storage
     4.5.4 Biological storage
     4.5.5 Radioactive waste
     4.5.6 Cryogen use
     4.5.7 Superconducting magnet

5 Human Factors
5.1 Walkway spacing
5.2 Reach issues
5.3 Workstation locations
5.4 Storage space
5.5 Wall units
5.6 Instrument location/trip hazards
5.7 Last step

6 Action Checklist

7 Acknowledgments

Preface

The opportunity to set up one's lab is always a great occasion. In doing so, there are items one can easily overlook. The goal of this book is to present dos and don'ts when setting up a laser lab. Often the researcher and the facilities staff do not understand each other's needs and perspective. They sometimes seem to be speaking in different languages. This can easily cause unwanted delays and costly retrofitting. This book will try to bridge that gap, providing guidance, reminders, and explanations of items in establishing or retrofitting a laser lab. Some items will be repeated from different vantage points within the guide. A number of lessons learned images are included as well as a general checklist to assist all parties.

Ken Barat
January 2015


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