Department of Physics
Moulton Hall 311
Campus Box 4560
Normal, Il 61790-4560
Welcome to the Department of Physics.
Majors have the benefit of excellent computational facilities in the Physics Department. Students make extensive use of the system from several computer labs reserved exclusively for physics majors, including a computer classroom designed for in-class computing and a visualization lab. A cluster of four 64-core unix-based workstations supports our undergradaute research students working on projects ranging from large-scale computer simulations, to spacecraft and laboratory data analysis.
The Department is also proud of its experimental facilities. Well-equipped laboratories and a high degree of individualized instruction make the electronics and experimental physics courses an exciting component of our degree programs. Advance lab (PHY 370) students regularly design and build their own experiments with assistance from the physics department shop. We also have five experimental research labs which involve students in projects in materials science and nanotechnology, fundamental atomic measurements, biophysics and bio-optical engieering, and studies of nonlinear chaotic systems.
The Physics Model Shop is a fully equiped shop capable of working with wood, metal, plastics and laminates. Staffed by a full-time Model Maker, Jim Dunham, the shop is available to physics majors for making lab apparatus and special projects like the ISU Solar Car, the physics trebuchet, and design projects through the Innovative Design Project.
Polarized Electron Lab
Welcome to Dr. George Rutherford's "polarized electron" lab. Dr. Rutherford and his student research assistants designed and constructed the apparatus, with the help of Jim Dunham of the Physics Model Shop. This research team is studying fundamental properties of atoms.
A student presenting her research work to faculty and students. Employers and graduates often report that communications skills are important in the "real world", whether it's at a company or in graduate school. ISU Physics students get many opportunities to hone their presentation skills in contemporary multimedia classrooms. This room is the Physics Computer Classroom where courses requiring in-class computing meet.
These are posters describing research projects done by ISU Physics majors. Most of these were presented at the annual Argonne Symposium on Undergraduate Research at Argonne National Lab near Chicago. ISU often has the largest group of physics students at this conference (and we always go out for a great dinner in Chicago!)