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The College of Sciences and Mathematics

Department of Physics and Astronomy:
Facilities and Research Opportunities

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is located in a well-designed science building with adequate laboratory space, a well-equipped machine shop, and other facilities that provide an excellent study environment. A full-time scientific machinist is employed in the department. Major equipment/laboratories include a cryogenics laboratory, a laser physics laboratory, atomic force microscope, scanning electron microscope, high vacuum equipment, and excellent supporting electronic instrumentation and apparatuses.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy operates an astronomical observatory at a site 11 miles from the main campus with instructional viewing facilities with 12, 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain reflectors, a 10-, 12-, and 16-inch Meade LX-200 telescopes, an 18-inch Cassegrain Lincoln Laboratories telescope, and a 41-inch Cassegrain custom telescope. Also at the site are four 10-foot diameter radio telescopes, an automated weather station, and a second-generation seismic station.

Both experimental and theoretical research are being conducted in the areas of solid state physics, low temperature physics, laser physics and quantum optics, and astronomy.