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Our Facilities

The department’s teaching and research facilities are located in Loyola’s Monroe Hall. Students are encouraged to participate in faculty research and in the undergraduate research projects. This opportunity to work closely with the faculty using the sophisticated equipment of modern physics is one of the features of the department.

Our teaching labs are located on the second floor. We have introductory and advanced teaching labs including a variety of experiments. In addition, we have a large research lab on the ground floor of Monroe Hall. It supports main research areas of the Department as well as a variety of student projects.

There is also a Reading Room in Monroe 459 which is available as a place for students to meet and study together.

Biophysics Lab

Two patch-clamping stations for ion channel electrophysiology
Pipette fabrication (pipette puller, microforge)
Cell culture and oocyte preparation (class 2 sterile hood, CO2 incubator, nanoinjector)
Molecular biology (centrifuges, UV spectrophotometer)
General purpose (autoclave, liquid nitrogen storage tank)

Condensed Matter Lab

Dynamic electron scattering measurements – electronic thermal conductivity, resistivity, Seebeck and Peltier coefficients, electronic heat capacity and electronic phase state characterization
Hall effect measurement – 1 tesla electromagnet
Tektronix spectrum analyzer
Janis Cryostat – 4 K to 500 K capability
Lab-grade wind tunnel equipped with temperature, pressure and flow measurement system
General instrumentation – precision current sources, gaussmeter, lock-in amplifier, precision temperature control system, LCR and nanovoltmeters.
LABView data acquisition system
Sample fabrication lab – precision lathe with diamond blades, microscope equipped cutting and milling capability

Seismology Lab

Seismic pier
Geotech vertical long period seismometer model SL-210
Three axis Streckeisen STS-2 seismometer (currently on loan to LSU)
two horizontal seismometers
Geotech smart 24 data acquisition

Machine Shop

A variety of metal and woodworking tools including -- lathe, milling machine, drill press, band saw, table saw

Advanced Teaching Lab

Diode Laser Spectroscopy
Interferometry
Pulsed Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
Sonoluminesence
Young's Double Slit Experiment
Mechanical Torsion Oscillator
Cavendish Big 'G' Experiment 
Fiber Optic Speed of Light Experiment