Science Complex Facilities
The Science Complex houses the mathematics and statistics, physics, and chemistry departments. Research and teaching facilities for the Department of Physics are located in the first and third floors.
Our Optics Lab is equipped with a SPEX CCD system, an Innova Coherent Argon Ion laser, four actively isolated optical tables and other components used for optical spectroscopy, optical tweezers, and holography.
Astronomy related facilities include a two rooftop observatories housing 16 inch Meade computer interfaced, with a CCD camera and a spectrometer, and 11 inch Celestron telescopes. Six smaller telescopes and 24 PCs are available for class related activities. A 48-seat planetarium with a 30 ft Spitz dome, a Zeiss ZPK3 projector, and a Sky Scan with an all-sky slide projection system. Two Sun Blade workstations are used for modeling and data analysis.
Cloud Physics Research Lab
The Cloud Physics lab is dedicated to the experimental study of atmospheric processes. Equipment in the lab includes a 17 ft^3 So-Low freezer that can simulate atmospheric conditions to -85 °C, which is approximately equivalent to 15 km altitude. Primary studies use electrodynamic levitation techniques to focus on the surfacial kinetics of single particles during phase change processes. Outcomes of this research impact understanding of cloud/climate feedback processes that affect predictions of climate change.
Geology Research Lab
Our Geology Research Lab has binocular and petrographic microscopes as well as field recovery equipment. A topographic map collection, mineral, rock, and fossil samples are available for class related activities.
The teaching labs consist of two introductory level physics labs with six computer stations in each lab. The labs are equipped with Pasco interfaces and instruments as well as other equipment appropriate for introductory physics. Video cameras and digitizing techniques are also used. An advanced lab for the upper level physics courses is equipped with Michelson interferometers, Bragg scattering systems, six computer stations for running simulations and acquisition experiments, Parallax robot, oscilloscopes, and other electronic measuring instrumentation as well as equipment for upper level physics courses.
Solid State related facilities include a vacuum chamber, high-pressure press, Hall effect measuring setup, temperature controllers, furnace for polycrystalline sample growth, interfacing equipment, glove box, desiccator, and various transport properties measurement instruments. Computer simulations are conducted in a dual-processor Sun Blade workstation.