Equipment highlights in the Physics and Engineering Department’s lab spaces include the following:
We have the ability to analyze and use solar power in the classroom. Two 200-Watt solar panels mounted on the Nussbaum Science Center feed directly into the power conversion lab bench area in one of our labs. Possible study options include converting the DC (direct current) power from the solar panels into more typical AC (alternating current) power, and the efficient storage of solar-generated electrical energy for later use.
Our Epilog Helix 2418 60W CO2 laser cutter and engraver allows us to do extremely precision cutting of materials such as acrylic, fiberglass and wood. It also allows us to do pinpoint engraving of materials such as pressboard and stainless steel. The Helix’s 24” x 18” work area makes it possible for us to cut or engrave multiple pieces at a time, including thicker materials that may be hollow inside.
The BFB 3D Touch printer constructs actual solid models of objects that have been designed in three-dimensional CAD software (such as our industry-standard “Solid Works” 3D CAD software). It is useful in making prototype parts for engineering projects before actually machining the real parts.
The machine shop area in Euler has been equipped with all of the standard equipment including two lathes, two mills, drill presses, bandsaws, a table saw, a router, grinders, an air compressor and a full complement of hand tools.
We are excited to now have the equipment to study the wave and particle duality of light and the phenomenon of quantum entanglement, by means of single-photon-counting photodiodes. These experiments are closely related to active research in quantum computing, Bell’s inequalities and the fundamentals of quantum mechanics.
This is by no means a comprehensive list of all our physics and engineering equipment. We have a myriad of different lab equipment, tools and machines to make lab work meaningful.