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Department of Physics

Physics Facilities


  • Low Temperature Lab (all in a Faraday Cage and with clean power supply)
    • 2Glass Cryostats
    • 3 Stainless Steel by Janis (2K with high speed centralized pumping 0.1 Tor.)
      • 1 with Superconducting Magnet (10T) manual ramping
    • He3 System
    • Mini-Dilution with gas handling system (including Turbo-pump (10-7Tor.) and He-sealed mechanical pump (10-4Tor.)) for He3-He4 mixing
    • 1 Quantum Design PPMS:
      • 9 T magnet with automatic ramping up/dw
      • Transport Measurement (Resistivity, Hall, magneto-resistivity
      • Specific Heat (few mg sample)
      • No liquid N2 only liquid He needed (both liquids available)
  • Pfeiffer Leak Detector
  • Digital Scopes & Multi-Meters
  • Multi-channel DAQ boards with LabView control, GPIB, or USB
  • Xpert Phillips X-ray Diffractometer
  • Surface Science
    • Park Atomic Force Microscope (on a vibration isolation slab)
      • Various speed modes and cantilevers
      • Thermal profile scanning tool
    • Varian Vacuum Vapor deposition for low melting point elements
      • Diffusion pump backed by mechanical pump and
      • Possible to fit to High speed Varian Turbo-pump
    • 3 Fume Hoods
  • Machine shop with lathe, milling machine, band saw and drill press

  • A planetarium with a Spitz A3P projector and 24-foot dome, used for astronomy labs and public outreach.

  • An observatory with a collection of  Dobsonians used for astronomy labs, and a permanently mounted Meade 10-inch reflector in a roll-off shed, used for undergraduate research and public outreach.