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Physics and Astronomy Facilities

We maintain forefront facilities and equipment in support of our curriculum.

From introductory University Physics to Advanced Physics and Optics, our laboratories are well equipped with modern apparatuses and data acquisition interfaces using software that is standard in the physics community.

The Applied Physics Institute features truly unique facilities such as the large-chamber scanning electron microscope and provides a multidisciplinary center for upper-level studies in nuclear physics, material science, medical physics, and homeland security.

The Hardin Planetarium, and the rooftop observatory (featuring a 12-inch refracting telescope), support introductory astronomy laboratories and public outreach opportunities for school groups and the general public. Students specializing in Astrophysics have access to two remotely operated astronomical observatories: the remote controlled Bell Observatory 24-inch telescope in rural Bowling Green, Kentucky; and the fully autonomous RCT 50-inch telescope located at Kitt Peak, Arizona.

 A community of faculty, staff, and students engaged in better understanding the physical world. 

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 Last Modified 2/17/22