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.


  • Computers equipped with Pasco Capstone Software and a Pasco 850 Universal Interface
  • 4 Tel-X-Ometer X-ray System
  • 13 benchtop Digital Storage Oscilloscopes (various manufacturers)
  • 15 Variable DC Power Supplies (18 V, 3 A)
  • 5 Visual Optical Spectrometers with 1’ resolution
  • Various Spectrum Tubes and Power Supplies (H, He, Na, Ne, Hg, Ar)
  • Dell Optiplex 7050 PC w/ U2417H monitor
  • Function Generator
  • BK Precision 4011A/4012A, Instek FG-8016G
  • 5 Michelson Interferometers
  • Specific Charge of Electron
  • Frank-Hertz Experiment
  • Thermal Radiation
  • Extech 430 Digital Multimeter
  • 2 Weller WES51 Soldering Stations
  • X-Tronic 4000 Series Hot Air Station
  • 4 Spectech UCS30 Gamma Spectroscopy Systems with NaI Scintillation Detectors
  • 7 Composite Optical Breadboards
  • 9 benchtop BK Precision Function Generators
  • Pasco Thermal Radiation Experiment Kit and Accessories
  • 5 Lambda Scientific LEAI-42 Millikan’s Experiment Apparatus
  • Various Pasco Scientific datalogging sensors and probes including current, voltage, wireless temperature probes, absolute pressure, various light sensors, GM Tubes

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