Educational Labs


Physics Education & Optics Education Labs

Our state-of-the-art introductory physics laboratories are equipped with modern equipments to help the students learn physics concepts with experiments. Each of the laboratories can accommodate 32 students conducting experiments in groups of two. All the labs in the first physics class the data is acquired using lap tops. In the second and third physics labs several of the labs have the feature of collecting data using lap tops. There are specific guidelines and lab policies that are adopted by the faculty in teaching a laboratory class.

Several of the physics classes have laboratories associated with them and therefore students become well used to handling equipments and in making scientific measurements. Students majoring in physics receive a broad breadth of education in several areas of physics and have extensive theoretical exposure as well as hands-on experience with experiments. Where as students majoring in engineering physics receive a good breadth of physics education mixed with solid engineering education, an excellent mixture to go into industry or to proceed to higher education in several disciplines.

Material Processing Lab


This laboratory is one of several laboratories located in the RHIT John T. Meyers Center for Technological Research with Industry. Small entrepreneurial companies in particular have difficulty in obtaining access to the sophisticated tools of modern microscopy. If a part fails, if a chip falls off a circuit board, smaller companies are hard put to discover fundamental causes. The equipment located in this laboratory applies modern diagnostic techniques for failure analysis. The primary pieces of equipment available are an Hitachi SN3000 environmental scanning electron microscope with an  x-ray analysis capability, a Phoenix computerized advanced optical microscope, and a fluorescence microscope. This laboratory is to be used for industrial projects in conjunction with faculty and student support.

Featured Equipment Includes:

  • Scanning Electron Microscope with attached X-ray analysis system used for failure analysis studies
  • Phoenix X-ray machine used in failure analysis for the study of circuit boards and various other samples
  • Fluorescence microscope used in characterizing features in biological specimens

Optical Communication Lab

Quantum optics is the study of light at its most fundamental level: the level of  photons. A photon carries the smallest amount of energy that is allowed for light (or any electromagnetic radiation) of a given frequency. Because photons carry these tiny, discrete "bundles" of energy, or quanta, they are sometimes referred to as particles of light. But because electromagnetic radiation is a wave, exhibiting interference and diffraction, photons must also have these wave-like properties. The wave and particle properties of photons are successfully described by quantum mechanics.

Non Linear Lab

The Nonlinear Optics Laboratory, a research lab headed by Professor Azad Siahmakoun since 1987, is where undergraduate and graduate students have the opportunity to work with Dr. Siahmakoun on cutting-edge optical materials/devices. Visit Dr. Siahmakoun's website for a list of projects associated with this lab.