Physics & Astronomy at Dartmouth College


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Address:  6127 Wilder Laboratory
Hanover, NH
Phone:  (603) 646-2854
Fax:  (603) 646-1446
Chair: Dr. Mary K. Hudson
General Department Info
  Bachelors Masters Doctorate
Staff & Student
Faculty: 20

  Staff: 8
Post Docs: 4

  Grads: 30
Under Grads: 35

  Condensed-matter physics (nanostructures, quantum transport, low-temperature physics, ultrafast scanning tunneling microscopy, superconductivity theory, laser spectroscopy, biomedical optics), plasma and beam physics (magnetohydrodynamics and turbulence, plasma theory and experiment, physics of fusion devices, compact free-electron lasers), space physics (space plasma physics, studies of the ionosphere and magnetosphere, ring-current, and ground-, satellite-, and rocket-based observations of the ionosphere), astronomy (large-scale structure of the universe, supernovae, x-ray binaries, cataclysmic variables), and cosmology (field theory, phase transitions in the early universe).
Facilities:  Research facilities include fast-pulsed lasers and ultrafast imaging systems, scanning tunneling and atomic force microscopes, ultrahigh-vacuum systems,high field magnets, facilities for low-temperature measurements down to .01 Kelvin, plasma chambers, electron beams, and free electron lasers. Complete machine shop and electronic design and fabrication facilities are available. Computer facilities include a network of Silicon Graphics workstations and network access to supercomputing centers. Facilities for nanostructure fabrication include a clean room, thin-film deposition systems, electron-beam lithography, reactive ion etching, and analytical electron microscopes. Astronomical research facilities include the 2.4m Hiltner and 1.3m McGraw-Hill telescopes at Kitt Peak, Arizona. Field work in experimetnal space physics includes rocket- and satellite-based observation as well as travel to the Arctic and Antarctic for ground-based remote sensing. The physical sciences library subscribes to more that 1,500 journals.

Science Quote

'I beseech you to take interest in these sacred domains so expressively called laboratories. Ask that there be more and that they be adorned for these are the temples of the future, wealth and well-being. It is here that humanity will grow, strengthen and improve. Here, humanity will learn to read progress and individual harmony in the works of nature, while humanity's own works are all too often those of barbarism, fanaticism and destruction.'

Louis Pasteur

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