The best way to learn physics is by doing physics. That means working on conceptually and mathematically challenging problems in each of our courses. It also means having access to sophisticated equipment in order to practice the skills of experimental physicists. The Physics Department maintains state-of-the-art equipment for experiments in optical spectroscopy, gamma-ray spectroscopy, low-temperature physics, condensed-matter physics, non-linear dynamics and observational astronomy. A subset of the equipment is illustrated in the links below.