Recharge rates are determined according to the type of laser system used in experiments and OCF personnel involvement. Recharges are used to offset the cost of equipment repairs and maintenance, and pay a part of the staff salary.

Laser time rates

(price per hour)

Spectraphysics Spitfire (amplified femtosecond Ti:Sapphire laser) $28.33
Spectraphysics Tsunami (femtosecond Ti:Sapphire oscillator) $22.24
Spectraphysics Beamlock 2060 (Ar-ion laser) $20.99
Quantaray DCR-11 (YAG:Nd laser)   $21.66
JY Horiba Labram-Aramis Raman microscope    $27.51
30 minutes warm-up time is free of charge (45 minutes for Spitfire system)

OCF staff labor rate

(price per hour)

OCF staff labor rate $64.09
OCF staff advice Free

These rates are valid for UC Santa Barbara campus users (recharges have to be paid from accounts associated with UCSB departments). Users paying from accounts at CPOS and Department of Chemistry are eligible for 75% matching for the labor recharges from  Department of Chemistry funds. Out-of-campus users are subject to 53% additional surcharge both for the equipment use and the staff labor.

Discounts may be available for time-consuming experiments. Credits against the equipment use recharges may be applied if users donate equipment to OCF. Please contact OCF coordinator to get additional information.

Note to users: Before starting actual experiments, please contact the OCF coordinator to estimate the cost of work and your PI to get an approval for charging your account.


E-mail: mikhailovsky@chem.ucsb.edu | Phone: (805) 893-2327