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Our research facilities include three x-ray diffractometers, transmission electron microscope, Quantum Design, Model 6000, Physical Property Measurement System, Mossbauer spectroscopy, fume hoods and material synthesis facility.

Computer Labs

Physics students are able to use our cluster of LINUX and UNIX computers. Contact the departmental office or the department's computing system manager to determine what is currently available for use.

Machine Shop

The student shop includes circular and band saws, drill presses, lathes, a milling machine and equipment for bending and cutting sheet metal. Machine shop personnel can help you with instruction and advice on using the shop equipment.


Our observatory has a 14 inch diameter telescope on an equatorial mount. Both a CCD camera and film camera are available. 


Located in Faraday Hall, the physics and chemistry libraries at NIU are separate from the main library. The library provides a convenient and quiet place for physics students to study, close to their classes, labs and professors. The library has general and specialist books in physics, as well as the physics journals needed to keep up with the latest discoveries.


Contact Us

Department of Physics
La Tourette Hall, Room 202