Physics Department News Archive

August 25, 2006

Laser Lab Under Construction

SIOUX FALLS The physics and chemistry departments at Augustana College have been awarded $79,642 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to add a sequence of laser spectroscopy experiments to upper level physics and physical chemistry courses. The renovation of laboratory space is well underway, and several experiments are now nearing completion. The pictures to the right show some of the progress over the summer. Augustana physics major Nate Jastram spent most of the summer working on these projects.

These laboratory experiences will significantly increase the amount of contemporary physics Augustana students are exposed to during the course of their physics instruction. The physical chemistry sequence will be enhanced by the introduction of several new spectroscopic studies. The experiments to be developed include investigations of multi-photon processes, spectroscopy of atoms and molecules, chemical kinetics, and fundamental tests of quantum mechanics.

The Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) program seeks to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education for undergraduate students. The program supports efforts to create new learning materials and teaching strategies, develop faculty expertise, implement educational innovations, assess learning and evaluate innovations, and conduct research on teaching and learning.

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The laser table arrives through the window of the Pendulum Lounge.

The Lab in August 2006. The 780 nm diode laser is installed along with the monochromator and a computer for data aquisition.