The Hartwick physics students have a wide variety of resources to take advantage of in their studies. Perhaps the most important resource is the physics study room. This is a lounge for physics students to socialize and study. It includes a microwave, refrigerator, and an all-important coffee maker. Our optics lab contains a large vibration-isolation table for use in optics experiments lab and for student projects. The advanced laboratory has an Ortec multichannel analyzer and a scintillation detector for nuclear physics experiments. Other specialized equipment includes extensive fiber optic equipment, assorted lasers, a nuclear magnetic resonance apparatus, fast data acquisition devices, Arduinos, and Raspberry Pis. The department also has software licenses MATLAB and IDL. For students interested in building the Physics Department has a small shop area with a milling machine/lathe, a drill press, power hacksaw/bandsaw, welding equipment and a 3D printer.
The Ernest B. Wright Observatory consists of a 4 meter(13 foot) diameter domed building and an adjacent astronomy classroom building located high atop Oyaron Hill on the Hartwick College campus. The domed building houses a 40 cm (16 inch) Maksutov convertible Cassegrain/Newtonian telescope. The observatory also has several 20 cm Cassegrain telescope. Physics students can arrange to use the observatory for a senior thesis project or a directed study. On special occasions the observatory has open viewing for members of the Oneonta community. Also young people from the local schools, scouting groups etc. occasionally arrange visits to the observatory. The observatory has a CCD camera to take digital pictures, which can be digitally processed and enhanced. In addition there is a fine photometer for measuring light intensity of variable intensity astronomical objects. A full range of eyepieces, filters, cameras, film, adapters, charts, logbooks, lounge chairs, and tools used at the observatory is kept in the classroom building next to the dome.
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