Research Laboratory of Electronics

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

1250 sf

The Zwierlein Group studies ultracold gases near absolute zero temperature. The physical space requirement called for the placement of 2 laser tables, an experiment table, and a high pressure pump system, all within a very limited footprint. The primary environmental requirements for this laboratory were temperature, humidity, particulate, and noise control.

To help with temperature stability, separate air-handling units were installed to individually service optic table setup and experiment table setup areas. These units were installed at the ceiling level and isolated with an acoustical ceiling to save valuable floor space and to help control noise. In addition a secondary active thermal wall system was built to isolate existing exterior glazing from the interior lab spaces.

A unique shade system was developed by IKM to provide improved control, flexibility, and access at the for the tables.