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Physics + Astronomy Facilities

Facilities matter

Physics students have access to outstanding facilities, an optics research lab, materials science and engineering research labs, electron microscopy lab, electronics lab, machine shop and Hobbs Observatory.

Students have the opportunity to use excellent on-campus state-of-the-art materials science facilities including instrumentation housed in the Materials Science Center. Instrumentation includes: a scanning Auger nanoprobe, a transmission electron microscope, a scanning electron microscope, an x-ray photoelectron spectrometer, a scanning tunneling electron microscope, atomic force microscopes, a high resolution inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer, x-ray diffractometer, x-ray fluorescence spectrometer and a molecular beam epitaxial growth chamber to name a few.

Take a look at Materials Science Center  

A physics and astronomy student hard at work.

Hobbs Observatory

The beauty of west-central Wisconsin is that we have the great outdoors right at our fingertips, and right in our campus “backyard” we have an incredible facility called the Hobbs Observatory. Located on the Beaver Creek Reserve about 15 miles from campus, the observatory houses a 24-inch computer controlled Newtonian reflector telescope, a 14-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, a state-of-the art CCD camera and a full size classroom. 

This unique facility is a community resource as well, and is co-operated with the Chippewa Valley Astronomical Society. You can find out more about the observatory by visiting the CVAS website.

Seminar room in physics department.

More than just a room

Counted among the most important facilities for physics is the seminar room, a shared department space that allows for daily collaboration, mentoring, socializing and community among students and faculty.

A pretty cool space
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