Soft Matter Group – Facilities

X-RAY DIFFRACTION – The facility is devoted to the study of the structure of matter from both a fundamental and an applicative point of view. It provides state of the art equipment aimed at performing high quality research over nano and macro scale feature of the matter.

Photo of RIGAKU SmartLab Diffractometer


  • RIGAKU SmartLab Diffractometer featuring a 9 kW rotating anode X-ray generator, a HyPix-3000 high-energy-resolution 2D semiconductor detector, an in-plane diffraction arm
  • Bruker General Area Detector Diffraction System (GADDS)

OPTICAL MICROSCOPY The laboratory is provided with a fully equipped Zeiss polarized light microscope allowing measurements in different conditions: orthoscopy, conoscopy, transmitted and reflected light. Observations are possible in a controlled temperature environment.


  • Zeiss microscope Axio Scope 5 Pol (with Bertrand lens and Berek compensators)
  • Hot stage up to 300° C

OPTICS, PHOTONICS and OPTOACOUSTIC LAB – In the Optoacoustic laboratories, new polymeric materials al liquid crystal-based materials are developed and optically characterized. Moreover advanced research in the field of acoustic are made in connection with the advanced course in Engineering of Musical Instruments and DII/DIISM departments.


  • Continuum Surelite SLII – 20 pulsed laser Nd: Yag 650 mJ 1064 300 MJ 532 NM 20Hz (visibile ed infrarosso)
  • Continuum helium cadmium laser (HeCd)
  • FPYL-457-XXXT-SLM Blue Single Frequency DPSS Laser, 0.5 W
  • Shining 3D optical scanner with industrial pack, 3D printers and washing machines
  • High resolution Audio acquisition system (24-bit A/D)
  • MiniCTA 54T42 Anemometer Package
  • Ocean Optics HR4000 high resolution spectrometer
  • NI USB-6361, DAQ X Series BNC 24 bit 16 independent channels @ 2 MS/s

Technical Contact: Dr. Luigi Montalto