Facilities Services

A.A. Knowlton Laboratory of Physics

In 1967, the biology building was modified and an extension on the north side created the A.A. Knowlton Laboratory of Physics. (Ansel Alphonso Knowlton was a distinguished professor of physics at Reed from 1915 to 1948.)


Physics students have access to a one-meter high-resolution spectrometer, a cosmic ray muon detector, a closed-cycle helium refrigeration system, a temperature-scanning transient photocapacitance system, a thin-film sputter couture, a pulsed nitrogen laser, a research-level Fourier transform infrared spectrometer, a new astrophysics lab, and a scientific computation laboratory. Seniors in both physics and biology are given lab or office space, depending on their thesis needs.

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