In addition to its outstanding people, the Physics Department boasts state-of-the-art facilities for performing research at the forefront of science. The new Semiconductor Physics Laboratory contains facilities for epitaxial growth of semiconductors and extensive diagnostic instrumentation. The Surface Science Laboratory includes facilities for complete analysis of surfaces in both a static and time-dependent mode.
The newly completed Compact Toroidal Hybrid, a magnetic confinement fusion device, is being used to test new theories of plasma containment and to help understand the intricacies of plasma transport and dynamics.
The Accelerator Laboratory employs a linear accelerator to apply the techniques of nuclear physics to probe the structure of solids, surfaces, and their interfaces.
The Laboratory for NanoPhotonics provides for the use of advances in solid state physics and optics to manipulate, utilize, and study light-matter interaction in a reduced dimension. Nanophotonics is a branch of applied physics which deals with light-matter interaction on the nanometer scale. In this laboratory, the exciting field of nanophotonics with emphasis on semiconductor nanostructure, near-field optics, optical characterization, photonic device fabrication, and biophotonics is explored with the goal of taking a quantum leap into the future of nanophotonics.
The AMO Physics Laboratory houses instruments for studying the interaction of atoms and molecules with ionizing radiation. In particular, Cold Target Recoil Ion Momentum Spectroscopy is used to simultaneously measure the momenta of multiple particles produced in collisions of ion, electrons and photons with atoms and molecules. Multihit detectors with sub-nanosecond time resolution and sub-millimeter spatial resolution are used to image the momentum space continuum probability distributions resulting from these fundamental processes.
Auburn physicists make extensive use of a local Beowulf cluster, PRISM. PRISM is constructed from 45 dual processor, ATHLON machines. In addition to local machines, we have over 106 cpu hours on national supercomputers, including machines at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL), and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).