Facilities and Research
The Department of Physics is housed on the ground level of the Patrick E. Haggerty
Science Center. The physical facilities for the department include separate laboratories
for nuclear physics, electronics, and optics, as well as for introductory courses.
The advanced laboratories are equipped with up-to-date instrumentation including the
following: a muon detector, a multichannel analyzer for nuclear measurements, an x-ray
apparatus for crystallography, semiconductor logic sets for electronics, Michelson
and Fabry-Perot interferometers, and an Ocean Optics spectrometer. In addition the
department maintains the Haggerty Observatory. A 16-inch computerized Cassegrain telescope
with a CCD camera is housed in the 5-meter dome and is available for student research
projects. In addition to our on-campus facilities, students often complete nuclear
physics research at laboratories off campus and astronomy and astrophysics studies
using remote observatories such as the Monroe Robotic Observatory of the University of North Texas. Beginning in the Fall of 2017, experimental neutrino physics will be offered as
well using such facilities as the MINOS far detector in the Soudan lead mine in northern Minnesota (shown above).