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The Physics Department provides a number of facilities and services for use by faculty, staff, and students within the Department. Many facilities are also available for use by other University-affilliated students and staff. The Laboratory Supplies office, located in RLM 8.306 (471-5352), provides supplies for laboratory classes, as well as providing more general office supplies for faculty and administrators within the Department.

Modern facilities for graduate study and research include:

  • Large-scale cryogenic laboratory;
  • Synthesis and strong magnetic field equipment;
  • Nuclear magnetic and electron paramagnetic resonance laboratories;
  • Extensive facilities for tunneling and force microscopy and nanostructure characterization,
  • SQUID magnetometry, and electron spectroscopy;
  • Well-equipped labs in optical spectroscopy, quantum optics, femtosecond spectroscopy and diagnostics,
  • Electron-atom and surface scattering and high-intensity laser science;
  • Facilities for turbulent flow and nonlinear dynamics experiments.

In addition, we use several external facilities. Plasma physics experiments are conducted at the major national tokamaks in Boston and San Diego. Experiments in high-energy heavy ion nuclear and particle physics are conducted at large accelerator facilities such as Brookhaven National Laboratory (New York), Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Illinois), and Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. Further information on facilities related to a specific field of interest can be found by visiting the appropriate research group section.




The Physics Machanical Section, located on the third floor (first basement level) of RLM, comprises four groups—the Machine Shop, the Student Machine Shop, the Cryogenics Shop, and the Electronics Shop.



Student Machine Shop


Stu Shop












Students also have the option of constructing their own instruments in the Physics Student Shop. Our student shop has a full time instrument maker, Jack Clifford, who supervises the daily activities making sure that all Machine Shop safety rules and procedure are followed. Jack is available to assist students with design and proper material selection for projects.

Each student must take training with shop supervisor on proper machine tool operation.




Click on the link above to download a copy of the Safety Manual & Agreement. After you have read the manual, print and complete the Usage Agreement found at the end of the document. Give the completed Agreement to Jack Clifford.





The Lecture Demonstrations Office maintains and provides support for a wide variety of equipments for in-class demonstrations; equipment and demos can be scheduled online through their site.




Andrew Yue

Room 2.48A, PAI     512.471.5411






The PMCL (Physics Microcomputer Lab) is a computer lab for use by undergraduate Physics students. It is a general-use lab funded by the Information Technology Fee and is not intended for classroom use.

There are 43 PCs available, running Windows 7, with printing services available for Physics majors and for students (of any major) who are printing documents for use with their Physics classes. For details about printing limitations, please talk to a proctor in the lab.

The PMCL is located in Rm 7.306 of the RLM bldg.


Hours of Operation:


Monday - Thursday:   8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Friday:     8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Saturday:  CLOSED

Sunday:   1:00 pm - 8:00 pm




CNS Help Desk

512.232.1077 or 512.232.9173