Instrumentation Team

Fueling Scientific Exploration:

The Instrumentation Division (ID) at SLAC stands at the forefront of scientific research, offering instrumental support to a diverse range of groundbreaking experiments and projects. Our expert team of engineers, technicians, and scientists specializes in designing, developing, testing, and delivering precision instruments and systems tailored to the unique demands of each endeavor.


Comprehensive Expertise:

ID serves as the pivotal arm of instrumentation capabilities, spanning Sensors Development, Integrated Circuits, Electronic Systems, Edge computing systems, RF & analog systems, Quantum Devices and Assembly and Test, all underscored by an overarching systems design focus. Our ongoing Instrumentation Research and Development (R&D) is dedicated to fulfilling the specialized requirements of key scientific instruments and experiments. This includes contributing to world leading projects such as the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) and its successor LCLS-II, the ATLAS upgrade for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB-S4) Stage IV experiments, the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE), and the new Enriched Xenon Observatory (nEXO).


Serving a Broader Community:

Beyond our commitment to these pivotal experiments, ID extends its services and solutions to commercial entities and various U.S. Government agencies. Our mission is to drive innovation and propel the boundaries of what is achievable in the world of scientific instrumentation, ensuring that our work serves a broader community and makes a meaningful impact.



Instrumentation Expertise: Crafting Innovation

ID thrives on its ability to swiftly and efficiently translate ambitious ideas into tangible, functional solutions. Acting as a bridge between hardware developers and data analysts, ID emphasizes comprehensive systems engineering. Our team of passionate professionals possesses an unwavering commitment to technology and innovation, with the goal of bringing groundbreaking ideas to life.


A One-Stop Shop for Innovation

ID serves as a one-stop-shop for physicists and other professionals seeking to realize their ideas. We offer a comprehensive range of services, including assembly, testing, sensor development, and other critical support functions. Beyond these core services, our division is at the forefront of developing new technologies that can be harnessed for current and future large-scale scientific projects. By leveraging our collective experience and expertise, we continuously push the boundaries of what can be achieved in the realm of scientific instrumentation.


Our Role in Scientific Advancement

Within SLAC, ID functions as a dedicated support group, collaborating with individuals from diverse backgrounds to address a myriad of scientific challenges. We are on the brink of harnessing new quantum fabrication capabilities, complementing our existing knowledge and skills to remain at the forefront of the instrumentation field. We spearhead the development of cutting-edge R&D projects and are committed to delivering high-quality products that align with the needs of our sponsors. Through close collaboration with other divisions, we ensure the success of our projects and contribute to the broader mission of scientific advancement.


Meet the Team Behind the Magic

ID consists of a dynamic team of highly skilled engineers, technicians, and scientists, each hailing from diverse backgrounds but united by a shared passion for creating groundbreaking instruments. Together, we guide concepts from what we want to measure to what we can deliver, culminating in the creation of exceptional instruments that drive scientific discovery. Our team is not just a collection of experts; it is a community of individuals deeply committed to their craft and dedicated to working together to accomplish remarkable feats.


In summary, the Instrumentation Division at SLAC is at the forefront of scientific innovation, working tirelessly to advance the boundaries of technology and create instruments that make a significant difference for physicists and researchers worldwide. Our commitment to quality and our collaborative approach ensures that we continue to play a vital role in the world of scientific research.

Services and Solutions

AIR has broad expertise in detector and instrument creation:

-Sensor design and fabrication

-Integrated circuit design

-Micro packaging and interconnects

-Advanced analog & digital electronics

-Low-level RF electronics

-Data acquisition, software

-Large-scale system integration

Push all corners of the envelope:

-High Speed

-Low power

-High channel counts

-Small foot-print

-Large degree of integration

-Radiation hardness

-Advanced data movement and handling