Besides the Physics Department office and standard classrooms, we also have
- a lounge/library for physics students
- a Physical Science Teaching Laboratory
- a Computer-Based Teaching Laboratory,
- an upper-level Electronics Laboratory,
- an upper-level Optics Laboratory,
- an Atomic & Nuclear Physics Laboratory,
- an upper-level Nanotechnology Laboratory,
- a machine/instrument shop, and several stockrooms.
Physics students have access to an increasing array of equipment at Clarion. Our most recent acquisitions were bought with part of a $200,000 DCED grant, awarded in 2005 and matched by the Penn State Nanofab Facility. Thanks to this award, students in our nanotechnology laboratory can now study microfluidics and nanoparticle self-assembly.
At Clarion, we encourage our students to use even our best equipment!
Some of the equipment that we like most includes:
- Leybold Didactic X-ray Apparatus (with variable wavelength)
For X-ray transmission absorbance scans, it also has an angle-sensitive detector for determining atomic crystal structure, and can be computer-controlled for measuring surface properties by reflection.
- Nanosurf Scanning Tunneling Microscope (with atomic resolution)
what could be cooler than probing individual atoms?!
- Olympus inverted microscope (with EPIX PIXCI digital video capture from a Hitachi color CCD camera)
Our set-up includes a reflected fluorescence system, and has already been integrated into the new nanotechnology course, for watching microfluidics.
Nanosurf Atomic Force Microscope (with nanometer resolution)
Ocean Optics UV/VIS fiber optic spectrometer (with 2024 channel resolution)
Varian 4" Research Electromagnet (with changeable pole shapes)
It has a very stable 2 kiloWatt power supply, for Nuclear Magnetic Resonance studies of compounds, for Electron-Spin Resonance studies of molecular bonds, and for measuring magneto-optical properties of materials.
- Spin Coater
- An Assortment of Lasers/ Laser Table