Buffalo State offers outstanding facilities to physics students and is committed to science and technology education with the construction of a brand new Technology Building as well as completion of Phase III of the Science and Mathematics Complex. The Science of and Mathematics Complex houses new teaching and research labs, faculty offices, and instrumentation rooms. The new space creates an environment that cultivates challenging interdisciplinary research activities among both students and faculty.
With the recent completion of Phase II in late Spring 2016, the Physics Department moved into its new air-conditioned facility and got roughly $1 million to improve research and teaching facilities.
These labs consist of a mechanics laboratory with several computerized experiments and an electricity and magnetism laboratory for the second semester of introductory physics. One lab has 12 stations equipped with PCs (replaced every three years) and the other lab has 12 stations with Macs (also replaced every three years).
This laboratory has signal generators, power supplies, oscilloscopes (digital and analog), powered proto-boards, digital voltmeters, and small army of active and passive components that are used in our electronics course.
This Linux facility is used to introduce numerical computation. Students learn to write programs in C to model physical phenomena such as projectile motion, chaotic behavior, planetary motion, and static electric and magnetic fields.
The physics advanced lab facility includes a variety of equipment used in the capstone senior lab, including equipment for NMR, gamma ray spectroscopy, superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs). Other resources include equipment for low temperature (4K) Mossbauer studies and a sputtering machine. We also have access to the University at Buffalo cyclotron to produce radioactive isotopes.
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