Lab Facilities

Physics and astronomy both require extensive and up-to-date laboratory and equipment facilities. We have excellent facilities in a variety of fields.

  • The VMI Observatory includes a 20-inch reflecting telescope and astrographic refractor. The telescopes are used in both introductory astronomy courses, as well as an advanced course in observational techniques. We employ the latest electronic imaging (astronomical CCDs) for both quantitative measurements and astrophotography.
  • The laser laboratory includes a pulsed dye laser using a Nd:YAG laser as a pumping source.
  • The thin films lab is being outfitted to explore nonlinear optical materials, electro-optical devices, optical coatings, antireflection coatings, and other applications in this new field.
  • The laboratories for the general physics courses have been outfitted with computer control and data analysis for most of the experiments.