Departmental facilities are located in the Julia Rogers (JR) Building. We make no distinction between teaching and research facilities; students are encouraged to use the equipment for faculty/student collaborative research and independent study projects, as well as to utilize the equipment to conduct regular laboratory experiments.
Interactive Lecture/laboratory Room One, JR-102
This interactive lecture/laboratory room is equipped with nine sets of the latest version of the PASCO interface boxes and all the digital and analog sensors that are pertinent to the PASCO system. The sensors are used for data acquisition in a series of 28 experiments that are related to kinematics and dynamics of linear, circular and angular motions, conservation of energy and momentum, oscillatory and wave motions, electricity and magnetism, and geometric and physical optics. The room layout facilitates innovative workshop-type physics instructions where lectures and laboratories are combined and learning is fostered through various hands-on activities. This is our largest classroom, holding up to 32 students.
Interactive Lecture/Laboratory Room Two, JR-106
Identical to JR-102, but holding a maximum of 24 students.
Modern Physics Laboratory, JR-115
A custom-built lab room for conducting experiments in Modern Physics (PHY 230) and use by the Physics Club for building apparatus such as our Rubens' Tube and Cloud Chamber. Experiments include the electron e/m ratio experiment, measurement of speed of light , Millikan oil drop experiment, Frank-Hertz experiment, photoelectric effect experiment, black body radiation experiment, Hall effect, Davisson-Germer experiment, muon lifetime experiment, two-slit one photon at a time experiment, atomic spectroscopy and radioactivity experiment. The room has three work stations and holds up to 12 students.
Electronics/Instrumentation Laboratory, JR-116
Identical to JR-115, but for electronics and instrumentation. This space is used to designing, constructing, and testing traditional and arduino-based electronics circuits and setups. Stations are also equipped with a function generator, a digital oscilloscope, power supplies, prototype boards, and laptop computers with USB data acquisition modules and the LabVIEW software environment.
Student lounge and break-out spaces
The Julia Rogers building was specifically designed with three break-out spaces for students to meet, work, or just hang-out. These include a number of large couches and high-back chairs, and floor=to-ceiling white-board walls to work problems.
Computational Astronomy Research Laboratory-JR-101
The Computational Astronomy-Research Laboratory consists of three dual-processor iMacs and a 16-processor PowerMac configured to run as a small parallel-processor supercomputer. This setup allows up to three students to participate in student/faculty collaborative research on both observational-astronomy projects (using ground-based, Hubble, and Spitzer data) and numerical simulations of the interaction of radiation, gas and dust using Monte-Carlo radiative-transfer simulations. These facilities were made possible with grants from the Space Telescope Science Institute and the Spitzer Science Center.
Accelerator and Beam Physics Laboratory, JR-108
This research lab is used by Dr. Rodney Yoder for experimental work in accelerator and beam physics. Among other state-of-the-art devices, it currently houses Goucher's Scanning Electron Microscope, a highly-damped optical bench, and materials for building a broad array of electronic devices.
Theoretical/Computational Condensed Matter Physics Research Laboratory, JR-113
Theoretical/Computational Condensed Matter Physics Research Laboratory houses a cluster consisting of the two Dell Precision 380n workstations (named DJANGO and SIMONE) with the Scientific Linux operating system as well as the newest member Mac Pro Quad (named ELLA). Most of the software installed on the cluster is license-free and includes FORTRAN, C and C++ compilers, various graphing and data processing utilities. Cluster is equipped with the licensed Maple and IDL software packages.
Materials Physics Research Laboratory, JR-120
The materials physics research laboratory includes instrumentations for sample preparations such as Glove box, Hood, Spex-8000 Mills, High Temperature Tube Furnace. Additional sample characteristic measurements are carried out via computerized temperature acquisition system in this lab as well as by using AFM and XRD in different locations.
Machine Shop-Julia Rogers Building, JR-Basement
The department has established a machine shop for the support of research and teaching laboratories, the departmental observatory, and student-faculty projects. The machine shop has a medium-size milling machine, a small lathe, a vertical band saw, and a vertical drill.
Atomic Force Microscope Laboratory, HS-B31
Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) is used by the Chemistry and the Physics/Astronomy departments for student/faculty collaborative research projects in materials science, surface science, physical science, and biochemistry. Purchase of the AFM system was made possible by the funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF-DUE-CCLI grant # 0088172, P. I.'s Dr. Scott Sibley and Dr. Sasha Dukan). Goucher College Innovation Grant funding enabled the P.I.'s to obtain the LiquiScanTM upgrade that gave the departments ability to study nanostructures and biomolecules.
The roof of the Hoffberger Science Building houses the Lewis Astronomical Observatory, a generously-sized telescope dome inside of which is our permanently-mounted 14-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. This telescope is equipped with a computer and GPS-controlled German-equatorial mount, as well as a 3-inch triplet refractor for wide-field imaging. Either telescope can be outfitted with our full-color Starlight Xpress SXVF-M7C 752 x 580 pixel CCD camera for deep-sky imaging. Currently the observatory is being upgraded with a MallinCam ultra-sensitive video camera so the sky can be viewed in spectacular digital detail on a large flatscreen TV as well as through the traditional eyepiece. The dome also houses three portable 6-in Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes with full computer control for classroom and public-outreach use. The observatory serves the Introductory Astronomy (AST 110) courses, as well as provides monthly public observing nights throughout the semester.
Mounted on top of the Hoffberger Science Building is our CASSI small-radio telescope, which has been used in the past in student/faculty collaborative research to measure the rotation curve of our galaxy or the radio brightness of the sun. To be decomissioned in 2015.