Facilities for Research, Education and Innovation

Wright Lab clean room.

Wright Laboratory supports research in fundamental physics by providing shared, on-site facilities for instrumentation development, experimental investigations, and training.  Wright Lab is an integral part of the core facilities for Instrumentation at Yale.

Yale University Core Facilities at Wright Lab


Advanced Prototyping Center
Yale University core facility

Coherent Meta2C laser cutter
Flow NanoJet Abrasive water jet cutter
Formlabs Form2 SLA and Dremel 3D20 FDM 3D printers

See more at the APC website

Research shop

Research Support Shop
Yale University core facility

For use by students and researchers with professional supervision
Hands-on training available

Charles Brown in Teaching Shop

Teaching Shop
Yale University core facility

For use by students and researchers with professional supervision
Shop classes available during the semester
Professional advice for design and fabrication of projects
Includes mills, lathes, welding shop, fume hood

J.W. Gibbs Professional Shop
Yale University core facility
Temporarily relocated; see here for more info.

Staffed by professional machinists
Precision machining
CNC capability
Work with plastics and exotic metals

Physics Research Facilities at Wright Lab

CAD room

CAD and Remote Operations Room

High performance CAD computers with SolidWorks and AutoCAD
Remote operations system
Videoconferencing capability

assembly of PROSPECT

Clean Rooms

Permanent class 1,000 clean rooms
Customizable soft wall clean rooms for high bay
Fume hoods and liquid handling

refrigeration room

Cryogenic Laboratory

With mezzanine for large refrigeration equipment
Dilution refrigerator
Laser room

detector room

Detector Development Laboratory

Low Background Facility
Configurable high bay space with cranes and utility support

The Vault

High-bay Area “The Vault”

for large-scale instrument assembly and testing

laser table

Laser Rooms

Several laser rooms and optical laboratories

RF shielding

RF Shielded Room

8’x8’x8’, with two doors and two panels for RF feed-throughs. Consists of copper screening material and has filtered AC power to 30A. Rated to 100dB shielding around 400MHz, 90dB or better at 1GHz; 80dB or better at 2 GHz; and 60dB at 10GHz and higher. 

woodworking area

Wood and Plastic Shop

PI lab Investigator Laboratories
server equipment Server Rooms for Physics and Astronomy

The Wright Lab community also has access to high performance computing at Yale’s Center for Research Computing.  For more information, please contact Vincent Balbarin, who has a joint affiliation with YCRC and supports research computing at Wright Lab.  

Please see the gallery for some additional images of the facilities.

Access to Machine Shops and APC

Access to the teaching shop and the research support shop for members of the Yale community across Science Hill and beyond requires a Yale Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) orientation, offered at the beginning of each semester at Wright Lab, for both the users and their supervisors or faculty sponsors. Additionally, users must demonstrate sufficient experience in the relevant facility to its supervisors.  For more information, please see the document How to Access and Use the Wright Lab Research Support Shop:  Procedures and Rules.

For introductory shop training, Yale offers the course PHYS 762:  Laboratory in Instrument Design and the Mechanical Arts.   

The Advanced Prototyping Center is available for use by appointment. Please see the APC website or contact advancedprototyping@elilists.yale.edu for more information. 

For more information on access and training requirements, please contact Jeff Ashenfelter.

Access to Wright Lab Facilities

For use of other Wright Lab facilities, please contact Jeff Ashenfelter and/or director Karsten Heeger