Physics Laboratories

Physics student with equipment

Students learn by a variety of methods including lectures, tutorials, seminars, problem classes, laboratory work, observatory experiments, individual project work and group work.

Specialist laboratory facilities include nuclear physics, optics, quantum physics, laser physics, spectroscopy and astrophysics, and support different aspects of the course.

The University also has its own observatory, the Alston Observatory. It is used weekly by Year 1 and year 2 students on all degrees, and throughout the Astrophysics degrees.

Physics student looking at screen at the Alston Observatory

Student using Physics equipment

Physics student with equipment

Physics student with equipment

Physics students working with equipment

Key equipment available

  • Oscilloscopes
  • Bench Multimeters
  • Hand held Multimeters
  • Frequency Generators
  • Rate Meters
  • Power Supplies
  • High voltage power supplies
  • Sodium Lamps
  • Mercury Lamps
  • Resistance boxes
  • Lasers
  • Lens
  • Mirrors
  • Capacitance Boxes
  • Inductance boxes
  • Various components (too many to mention here)
  • Vernier Callipers
  • Precision scales
  • Meter rulers
  • Tape Measures
  • Tools
  • Soldering Irons
  • Vernier callipers
  • Weights
  • Spectrometers
  • Travelling microscopes
  • Analogue meters
  • Logic analyser
  • Programmable Power Supplies
  • Xray Telexometers
  • LeakSeeker 89 Fault locator
  • CapAnalyser series ii
  • External CD/DVD reader/writer
  • Small radio sets
  • Geiger-Muller Tube
  • Single channel Analyser
  • Scintillation counter
  • 633-nm lasers
  • Silicon Photodiode detector/meter for measuring laser power
  • PMD-12008LS modules
  • Spec Tech Universal Computer Spectrometer
  • Stop Watches
  • Cloud Chamber


Key experiments available

  • Photoelectric Effect
  • Verification of de Broglie’s Relationship
  • Michelson interferometer
  • Polarised light
  • Zeeman Effect
  • Velocity of sound in Gasses
  • Stefan Boltzmann’s Law
  • Forced Oscillations
  • Electrical Measurements
  • Experimental Techniques
  • Observation of diffraction at single and multiple slits
  • Rotational Inertia
  • Series/Parallel circuits
  • P-N Junction Diode
  • Compton scattering of Gamma Rays
  • X-rays
  • Radioactivity
  • Basic Nucleonics and Gamma-Ray Spectroscopy
  • Faraday Balance
  • Snell’s law and Frensnel Relationship
  • Interfacing
  • Investigating the Sun with SDO Data
  • Investigating Solar Flares Using Hinode/EIS Data
  • Analysing N-Body Simulations of Dark Matter Halos
  • Digital Input I Output
  • Nernst Calorimeter
  • Pendulum experiment
  • Millikan Experiment
  • Speed of Light Experiment
  • Forced Oscillations - Pohl’s Pendulum
  • Thermal and electrical conductivity of metals

Contact staff

Rick Collins | Technician
Maudland Building MB114

Daniel Stephen Brown | Academic

Brett Alexander Patterson | Academic


Leighton Building, LE202, LE204, LE206, LE206A, LE207

View AccessAble guide for Leighton Building

Opening times, guides and charges

Open normal teaching hours

Industry support (IGA work)