The Goulet Science Center
The Department of Physics is housed on the third floor of Goulet Science Center. The facilities include two large teaching laboratories, one research laboratory, and an astronomical observatory. In additional to the usual compliment of laboratory equipment that is typically found at most colleges, our teaching laboratories include many state-of-the-art devices that provide students with hands-on experiences they might not get elsewhere. Such devices include a small cloud chamber for observing particle ionization, a set of X-ray diffractometers, and several optical interferometers. Students will often be invited to use equipment in our research laboratory for coursework as well.
Our research laboratory includes three Mac workstations (that also have Windows installed on them) that are used for a variety of computational research projects, a 3-D printer, and two optical benches for both quantum and classical optics experiments. Our lasers include a HeNe as well as a collection of solid state lasers. The Izart Observatory, which is housed in a separate facility, includes a collection of telescopes including a set of Dobsonian scopes used for teaching students basic observing techniques. A larger 10" telescope is also used for public observing sessions.