Equipment

The Department of Physics is well equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation. Students have access to most of this equipment during their course of study in the department

Introductory Physics Lab

  • 8 PC’s, Windows XP, Word, Excel, LoggerPro, connected to the internet.
  • 8 Vernier LabPro interface devices
  • 8 Vernier detectors for:
    • Motion
    • Microphones
    • Light Sensor
    • Temperature
    • Magnetic Field
    • Force
    • Voltage
  • 8 ballistic pendulums
  • 8 force tables
  • Variety of scales
  • 8 Air tracks and the associated equipment
  • Assorted lab equipment, such as ring stands connectors, rods, lab jacks
  • 8 Bowling balls and rubber mallets
  • Large number of photogates
  • Large number of DC power supples, resistance boxes, other electrical meters.
  • Large number of DVM
  • 7 optical spectrometers
  • Variety of light sources both white light and Hg.
  • Variety of lenes
  • 8 Optical rails and associated equipment
  • Large number of thermometers and other equipment associated with heat experiments
  • 5 speed of sound tubes
  • 14 PC upgrades
  • 10 Resonance Apparatus, Sargent Welch CP84930-02
  • 10 Video Camera, Vernier LT-CAM
  • 10 Physics Package, Vernier PHY-DX, interface and sensors

Modern Physics Lab

  • Cloud chamber
  • 3 Franck-Hertz Apparatus
  • Daedalon apparatus for measurient e/m
  • Apparatus for studying the photoelectric effect
  • Michaelson interferometer
  • Leybold Millikan oil drop apparatus
  • Geiger tubes and counters
  • Multichannel analyzers
  • Power Supplies, light sources, spectrum tubes
  • Cs-Ba isotope generator for half-life experiments,
  • Klinger electron diffraction apparatus
  • 4 digiBase MCA systems for nuclear spectrometry experiments
  • NaIdetectors for the MCA systems

Other Equipment

  • Leybold-Heraeus apparatus for measuring the universal gravitation constant
  • Jumping ring apparatus
  • Rotational dynamics apparatus
  • Kater’s pendulum
  • Leybold-Heraeus apparatus for measuring the universal gravitational constant.
  • Pasco waveform synthesizer
  • Pasco waveform analyzer
  • Precision sine drive
  • Leybold-Heraeus apparatus for measuring the ratio of the specific heat capacities ?.
  • Plenty of classroom demonstration equipment

Advanced Physics Lab

  • Vacuum equipment, including mechanical and diffusion pumps
  • Test and measurement equipment, including 18 digital oscilloscopes ranging from 20 MHz to 1 GHz, 6 signal generators 20Hz to 30 MHz, 5 pulse generators with combined capability from 1 sec to 1 nsec, 5 pulse counters, large stock of variable power supplies (regulated and unregulated, low voltage high voltage), multimeters, protoboards, large stock of electronic components.
  • Two HP 4 ½ digit digital voltmeters
  • Stanford Research Systems lock-in amplifier
  • Machine shop, equipped with metal lathe, milling machine, band saws, and a variety of hand-tools.
  • Large stock of optics, optical mounts, and fiber optics, from Thorlabs. Two 1-Ghz detectors, 1 avalanche photodiode (1-GHz bandwidth). Two monochromators (1/4 and ½ meter).
  • Tunable nitrogen-dye laser system (0.6 nsec pulses, 0.04 nm bandwidth)
  • 8 Agilent signal generators
  • 10 regulated high-power variable supplies

Biophysics Lab

  • Tel- atomic x-ray machine
  • Fluorescence microscope
  • Apogee cooled CCD camera
  • Omnichrome Spectrum 9ooo high-power tunable light source
  • Oriel UV-IR optical power meter
  • HP LRC impedance analyzer
  • Parametrics ultrasound pulse receiver system
  • Computer lab upgraded in 2006 with molecular modeling software
  • PTI Fluorescence scanning spectrometer
  • Hitachi scanning spectrophotometer
  • Low-field pulsed NMR system from TeachSpin

Dr. Rodriguez’s Research Lab

  • HP GCD 1800 Mass spectrometer
  • Dasibi NOx chemiluminescence detector
  • Portable UV-VIS-NIR spectrometers
  • 1 meter pathlength capillary cell with UV-VIS fiber-optic illuminator
  • Laser Photonics nitrogen-dye laser system
  • Integrating sphere system including a set of reflection references
  • Optical cryostat
  • Agilent 5975 Mass spectrometer

Dr. Lisantti’s Research Lab

  • HpGe detector and dewar, stand and Pb bricks
  • 30 Liter LN2 dewar
  • 92X Spectrum Master Spectrum Analyzer
  • Gammavision software.
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