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. Resources include both permanently mounted and mobile telescopes, plus data acquisition equipment. The observatory also features our 1-meter mobile reflecting telescope, the largest optical telescope in New York State.
The faculty of the Physics & Astronomy Department operate a number of research laboratories, including:
Astronomical and Geophysical Observatory
The Astronomical Observatory located at the College Camp includes permanently mounted 16-inch and 14-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes housed under separate domes. Also present is a complete computerized astronomical CCD image acquisition and analysis systemand science-grade UBVRI and Sloan ugriz filter sets, and six smaller telescopes. The observatory also features our 1-meter mobile reflecting telescope, the largest optical telescope in New York State.
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. 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: