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Science Center
Albright's Science Center (click for a larger image)

Completely renovated and expanded, Albright’s Science Center reopened in 2011 and offers more than 78,000 square feet of state-of-the-art laboratory and classroom space. The Department of Physics is housed entirely within the facility, on the first and ground floors.



All physics facilities are available for use by undergraduate physics students and include the following spaces:

  • Modern physics laboratory
  • Advanced optics laboratory with darkroom
  • Electronics laboratory
  • Physics research laboratory
  • General physics laboratory

Shared facilities (with biology and chemistry):

  • G.I.S. laboratory
  • Undergraduate research laboratory
  • Electron microscopy suite
  • Student lounge
  • Science library and lounge



The physics facilities are fully equipped with a variety of research-grade equipment, all of which is available for use by undergraduate physics students conducting research projects. The equipment covers research needs in a wide range of fields:

Condensed Matter

  • Atomic Force Microscope (AFM Workshop)
  • Scanning Tunneling Microscope (Nanosurf)
  • Scanning Electron Microscope
  • Transmission Electron Microscope

Astronomy and Astrophysics

  • LX200-ACF 12” telescope (Meade)
  • 4” Polaris telescope (Meade)
  • P.S.T. solar telescope (Coronado)
  • Neutral density solar filters

Computational Physics

  • Z400 Workstations (Hewlett Packard)
  • Industrial-grade software
    • LabVIEW (National Instruments)
    • SolidWorks
    • Zemax
    • OSLO
    • COMSOL Multiphysics
    • Mathcad (MathSoft)
    • KaleidaGraph (Synergy Software)

Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics

  • Nd:YLF pulsed laser system
  • Acousto-optical modelocker
  • Optical autocorrelator
  • Spatial light modulator (Meadowlark)
  • Scanning Fabry-Perot interferometer
  • Abbe refractometer
  • High-speed 1-GHz avalanche detector
  • High-speed PIN diode photodetectors
  • Amplified photomultiplier
  • Infrared viewers
  • CCD cameras
  • Line CCD camera
  • Digital power meters
  • Galilean 5x beam expander
  • Optical chopper
  • Optical fiber equipment
  • Single-mode optical fiber (km length)
  • Photonic crystal fiber
  • High-power and tunable diode lasers
  • IR and visible-light lasers
  • Assorted optical components and support equipment