Research Facilities

Astrophysics Facilities:

  • Numerical Astrophysics Facility, primarily networked LINUX and Mac OS X workstations, emphasizes theoretical and numerical studies of stars, star clusters, the early Universe, galaxy distributions, cosmology modeling and gravitational lensing. The facility employs special purpose high performance computers, such as the Gravity Pipeline Engine (GRAPE), a new Beowulf cluster (128 processors, 128G RAM, 2TB RAID disk), and a system using Graphics Processing Units to achieve computational speeds of up to trillion floating point operations per second.
  • The Joseph R. Lynch Observatory houses a 16 inch Mead Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope equipped with SBIG CCD camera.
  • Drexel is a participant in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, which operates a 2.5m telescope at Apache Point, NM and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope to be built in Chile (first light 2014).

Biophysics Facilities:

  • Modulated excitation kinetics laboratory uses frequency domain techniques to follow internal dynamics of biological molecules.
  • Spatially resolved kinetics laboratory uses simultaneously resolved spatio-temporal data at microscopic resolution to follow biological self-assembly processes, such as polymerization of sickle hemoglobin
  • Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) facility to study the structure and interaction of macromolecule via imaging, and to investigate the mechanical and kinetic properties of individual protein molecules via nanomanipulation
  • Computational Biophysics facility including two Beowulf clusters (44-node dual-core Xeon, 43-node dual quad-core Xeon [344 cores]), 24TB RAID disk server, and ten Linux workstations connected through a gigabit network (3).

Condensed Matter Facilities:

  • Ultra-low temperature laboratory has a dilution refrigerator, 3He and 4He cryostats and microwave sources to study quantum phenomena in nano and microscale devices, superconducting qubits, nanostructrures and quantum fluids and solids.
  • Magnetic material laboratory conducts research on amorphous magnetic thin films and fiber optical sensors.
  • Surface science laboratory has scanning probe microscopy to study surface structure interfaces at the atomic level.

Particle Physics Facilities:

Detector development laboratory provides experimental support for an international research program in nonaccelerator particle and nuclear physics performing tests of invariance principles, conservation laws, and neutrino oscillations.

General Support Facilities:

Include an Electronics Shop capable of custom design and fabrication of electronics and computer components, and a machine shop to assist in the design, construction, and repair of mechanical component.