Department of Physics & Astronomy
Most of the Department's facilities are located in the Physical Science Building. We have well-equipped physics laboratories and excellent astronomy observational facilities.
Teaching facilities include:
Astronomy has observational facilities at the College Camp, located a
short distance from the campus. These include a 12-inch
Cassegrain telescope, a computer-controlled 14-inch
Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, a spectrograph, electronic cameras and
a microcomputer for image processing, an 8-inch Schmidt camera,
photoelectric photometers, an image intensifier, and six smaller
The faculty of the Physics & Astronomy Department also operate a number of research laboratories including:
Astronomical and Geophysical Observatory
Astronomical Observatory located at the
College Camp includes a
12-inch Cassagrain telescope and a computer controlled 14-inch
Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope housed under
separate domes. Also present is a complete computerized astronomical
CCD image acquisition and analysis system, an 8-inch Schmidt camera,
photoelectric photometers, an image intensifier, and a darkroom with
full film hypersensitization facilities.
Infrared Laser Laboratory
Infrared Laser lab equipped with a high power axial flow carbon dioxide laser. This laser is frequency tunable and it can be configured for pulsed or continuous output.
Magnetic Measurement Laboratory
The Magnetism and Magnetic Materials lab is equipped with a Vibrating Sample Magnetometer. This VSM uses a 1.0 Tesla water-cooled electromagnet, a mechanism for sample vibration, and a signal detection system that utilizes a Stanford Research SR530 lock-in amplifier. Currently this VSM is configured for a variable temperature range from room temperature to about 900 K using a Lakeshore model 330 temperature controller. Data is acquired by a PC with an IEEE-488 interface.
Advanced Mechanics/Materials Testing Laboratory
The Advanced Mechanics lab is equipped with an Instron-8511 materials testing machine, and an ECP Rectilinear Control system. Additionally, the department has purchased the L-Edit software for student projects on design and fabrication of wave guides.
Thin Film Laboratory
The Thin Films/High Vacuum lab is equipped with two thermal evaporation units, Norton NRC-3115 and Denton DV-502. One of these (DV-502) is fitted with a precise Coatings Monitor System. The AFRL at Rome, NY, is in the process of purchasing a Spin Coater for Polymer Waveguides to be housed in this lab. This purchase is enabled by the CRDA agreement that exists between the two institutions.
While primarily an undergraduate institution, there is a strong
research and related-program emphasis and support structure at SUNY
Oneonta, including clerical, grant writing, post-award management and
accounting staff. The two departments (Physics & Astronomy and
Chemistry & Biochemistry) are both housed in the Physical Science
Building and maintain a fully equipped machine shop for fabrication
and design of specialized apparatus. Additional resources available
to the physical sciences programs include:
For questions or comments, please contact:
This site is maintained by Dr. Douglas Armstead.
Last updated on August 2005