The Center for Materials and Interfaces in Research and Applications (¡MIRA! ) at Northern Arizona University is focused on the development of functional materials through the exploration of materials interfaces. Users of the ¡MIRA! Center have access to capabilities and expertise in characterization and modeling of hard and soft materials.
The current focus is in-situ scanning probe microscopies, modeling and simulation of light-matter interactions, as well as quantum training in areas such as quantum information. Scanning probe capabilities include an Asylum MFP-3DSA and an MFP-3D BioScope with temperature and environmental control including liquid AFM, electrochemical, piezoresponse force and conductive AFM. In addition, ¡MIRA! has cantilever design capabilities with in-house developed cantilever fabrication (colloid or biomaterial cantilever probes) for scanning force microscopy.