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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 faculty and students are active in analyzing data from the Sloan Digital Survey, which operates a 2.5m telescope at Apache Point, N.M., and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope to be built in Chile (first light 2020).

Biophysics Facilities:

  • Bio-manipulation and microscopy laboratories. Four optical tables and six research grade microscopes are configured to perform microscopic spectroscopy and manipulation on solutions and individual cells. A spatial light modulator allows spatial patterns to be encoded on samples and explored; all microscopes are temperature controlled with state of the art cameras, including a 2,000 frame per second high speed system.   Each optical table is also equipped with high power lasers for photolysis or fluorescence spectroscopy.
  • Microfluidic attachments are present on one table, and in an adjacent laboratory, a small microfluidic fabrication facility has been established.
  • Fluorescence microscope to resolve fast biomolecular dynamics in living cells.
  • Experimental biophysics lab for studies of proteins and biomimetic lipids.
  • The Computational Biophysics facility also includes: (i) a Beowulf cluster with 46 dual Quad-core hyperthreaded Xeon CPU (736 cores) and 12Gb of RAM nodes plus a master with 1Tb of storage and 24Gb of RAM, (ii) a Beowulf cluster with 44 dual-core Xeon CPU (344 cores),(iii) a dual Quad-core hyperthreaded Xeon CPU workstation with 24Gb RAM and 3Tb disk with two Tesla C2050 GPU CUDA-accelerated graphics card, (iv) a dual Quad-core hyperthreaded Xeon CPU workstation with 8Gb RAM and 4Tb disk with an NVIDIA N280 GPU CUDA-accelerated graphics card, (v) a quad 8-core hyperthreaded Xeon CPU workstation with 128Gb RAM and 16Tb total disk, (vi) a 72Tb file server with 12Gb RAM, (vii) a 96Tb quad 6-core file server with 64Gb RAM, (viii) and several Linux workstations connected through a gigabit network.

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.
  • The Energy Materials Research Laboratory includes a Variable Temperature UHV Scanning Probe Microscope installed in an STC-50 rated acoustic chamber.
  • The Magnetic material laboratory conducts research on amorphous magnetic thin films and fiber optical sensors.
  • The Surface science laboratory has a scanning probe microscopy to study surface structure interfaces at the atomic level.

Particle Physics Facilities:

The Detector Development Laboratory provides experimental support for an international research program in non-accelerator nuclear and particle physics, including measurements of neutrino properties, tests of conservation laws, and searches for rare interactions.

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.