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Physics Labs and Facilities

A great environment for physicists and engineers

The physics and engineering program is housed in the Carver Science Building. Carver is also home to the Biology, Math and Computer Science Departments.

Introductory Physics Lab

This is our largest lab and supports all introductory laboratory sections. The lab is equipped with a computer laptop cart with wireless printer, Vernier instrumentation supporting experiments in motion, force, energy, momentum, waves, optics, electricity and magnetism.

Modern Physics Lab

This lab supports our Modern and Experimental Physics courses. It is equipped with apparatus for performing well known experiments such as measuring electron charge to mass (e/m), x-ray diffraction, photoelectric effect, blackbody radiation, magnetic torque and atomic spectroscopy. Other instrumentation includes a large electromagnet, various power supplies, lock-in amplifiers, various telescopes, a fiber optic spectrometer and more.

Research and Laser Lab

This lab supports our Introduction to Laser Science course as well as student research projects. A significant instrument in this lab is the 1.2 MW pulsed nitrogen laser. This laser produces ultraviolet laser pulses less than one-billionth of a second in duration (~1 nanosecond). Other instrumentation in the lab includes infrared lasers, scanning Fabry-Perot interferometer, different colored helium neon lasers, optical tables for projects, various light detectors and a wide range of optical components for experiments in atomic spectroscopy, interferometry, fiber optics and laser physics. A photon quantum graphics lab is currently being assembled.