Modern Physics and Microelectronics Laboratory

Students in the Astronomy & Astrophysics, Engineering Physics, and Space Physics programs work on advanced experiments in the Modern Physics Laboratory.

The course familiarizes students with science and engineering laboratory techniques, measurement equipment, and analysis methods. The laboratory experiments provide students with hands-on learning to practice solving problems, analyzing real data, and reporting on their work.

Students apply physical principles to explain the operation of sophisticated experimental hardware such as interferometers, spectrometers, vacuum x-ray tubes, photomultiplier tubes, cathode ray tubes, Helium-Neon lasers, and Geiger-Muller tubes.

Students in the Engineering Physics program work on projects in the Microcontrollers and Electronic Instrumentation portion of the lab in order to provide them with a basic background knowledge and familiarity with the elements of computer data acquisition and control that they will encounter in industry.


  • Pasco Interface Refresh
  • Tel-X-Ometer X-ray System
  • Gamma Spectroscopy System
  • Digital Storage Oscilloscope
  • High Sensitivity Light Sensor
  • Current Sensor
  • Pressure Sensor
  • Temperature Sensor
  • Variable DC Power Supply
  • Composite Optical Breadboard Table
  • Intermediate Spectrometer
  • Spectrum Tube Power Supply
  • 1 Dell Optiplex 7050 PC w/ U2417H monitor
  • 1 Pasco 850 Universal Interface
  • Function Generator
  • BK Precision 4011A/4012A, Instek FG-8016G
  • X-ray Diffraction Crystallography
  • Gamma Ray Spectroscopy and Radiation Shielding
  • Michelson Interferometer
  • Optical Spectrometer
  • Specific Charge of Electron
  • Frank-Hertz Experiment
  • Thermal Radiation
  • Extech 430 Digital Multimeter
  • Weller WES51 Soldering Station
  • X-Tronic 4000Series Hot Air Station

Lab Information

Location: COAS 213

Lab Directors: Charles Lee and Don Schumacher

Contact Us: To speak to someone about this lab or any of our facilities, call us at 386-226-6100 or 800-862-2416, or email