Labs & Facilities

The Department of Physical Sciences features many state-of-the-art labs and facilities, including the Ritchey-Chrétien reflecting telescope — the largest research telescope at a Florida university.

  • Astrophysics and Controls Lab
    One of two primary locations for student learning and research in Astronomy and Astrophysics, this lab supports both student and faculty research…
  • Atmospheric Physics Research Lab (APRL)
    The Atmospheric Physics Research Lab helps support atmospheric research by providing a workspace for the design, construction, and testing of instruments for space…
  • Biology and Chemistry Labs
    The Biology and Chemistry labs provide a hands-on learning space for students taking Physical Sciences courses…
  • Control Design Lab
    The Control Design Lab supports teaching and research in control area of both faculty and graduate students in the Engineering Physics program…
  • Creekside Observatory
    The Creekside Observatory behind the Lehman Engineering and Technology Center is used to support courses in Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Planetary Science, as well as…
  • Engineering Physics and Space Physics I and III Lab
    The Engineering Physics & Space Physics I and III Lab is a hands-on space where students taking the lab courses for Physics I and III come to work. This space is used…
  • Laboratory for Exosphere and Near-Space Environment Studies (LENSES)
    The Laboratory for Exosphere and Near-Space Environment Studies (LENSES) is used by undergraduate and graduate students to develop extremely sensitive spectroscopic equipment…
  • Laser Darkroom
    The Laser Darkroom is a space for teaching advanced physics experiments, projects in optics and high-powered laser use, and other experiments requiring darkness or special…
  • Physics & Astronomy Lab, Observatory Control Room & Workshop
    A suite of rooms on the fifth floor of the College of Arts & Sciences building makes up the home for the university’s new astronomical observatory. These rooms include…
  • Physics Technical Support and Lab Management
    The Physics Technical Support room provides space for the storage, repair, and testing of the Department of Physical Sciences' teaching laboratory and demonstration equipment. Situated…
  • Ritchey-Chretien Reflecting Telescope
    The newest addition to the new Astronomy and Astrophysics program is the 1-meter (1-m) Ritchey-Chrétien reflecting telescope. The new telescope, housed in the new College…
  • Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy (SARA)
    SARA is a 12-university consortium led by ERAU that operates 1-meter class telescopes for astronomical research and education at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona…
  • Space Physics Research Lab (SPRL)
    The Space Physics Research Lab is used primarily by faculty and students for basic research, emphasizing ground-based measurements of optical emissions associated with…

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