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Facilities

The five physics teaching and research laboratories and our machine shop are equipped with modern equipment, acquired with grants from the National Science Foundation, the Jeffress Memorial Trust, the Kresge Foundation, and the American Astronomical Society.

Laser and Optics Research Laboratory
We have a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser system plus optical parametric oscillator (OPO) for laser excitation experiments (excitation wavelengths 266 nm, 355 nm, 532 nm, with tunable output from 420 nm - 2300 nm). We also have a computer driven monochromator/PMT detection system for measuring emission spectra and lifetimes.   

Radio Astronomy Research
Research on radio astronomy observations obtained by various radio telescopes around the world is done on several of the department's Linux workstations.   

Machine Shop
For use in Engineering and Physics projects. For metal work, we have a lathe, mill, drill press, band saw, and cutoff saw (plus basic handtools).   

Advanced Physics Laboratory
Includes experiments that investigate Frank-Hertz Systems, Geiger-Muller Systems for radioactivity experiments, a Millikan Oil Drop Apparatus for the determination of the charge-to-mass ratio of the electron, a velocity of light equipment, and a MRI and electron-spin resonance apparatus.   

Observatory
SBC Observatory: Telescopes: 12" computer controlled Cassegrain, 10" Dobsonian reflector, and several smaller telescopes.

Computer Lab
The department has a computational physics lab utilizing desktop PCs. Various software such as Matlab and Kaleidagraph are used for data reduction and modeling.