Research Facilities

The Columbia Physics Department participates in a number of specialized research centers and laboratories both on-campus and off-campus.The department administers or co-administers the following laboratory centers, each with their own research facilities:

  • Columbia Astrophysics Laboratory: This is a collaborative research effort between the Department of Astronomy and the Department of Physics at Columbia University.
  • Columbia Nevis Laboratories: This off-campus laboratory is home to experimental astrophysics, nuclear physics, and particle physics research groups. It houses clean rooms, and state-of-the-art electronics shops with engineering support staff, computing facilities, and office space.
  • Microelectronics Sciences Laboratories/Columbia Radiation Laboratory:  The Columbia Radiation Laboratory presently supports multi-disciplinary research in the Departments of Physics, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics, and Chemical Engineering.

Research Center affiliations include:

Additional research facilities available to Columbia Physics Department affiliates include: 

  • CEPSR Cleanroom: This facility is dedicated to providing the instrumentation, technical expertise, and team-teaching environment to stimulate collaborative research in nanoscale technology. The facility supports the creation and evaluation of devices and materials with state-of-the-art fabrication.
  • Shared High Performance Computing: CUIT’s High Performance Computing service provides a cluster of computing resources that power transactions across numerous research groups and departments at the University, as well as additional projects and initiatives as demand and resources allow. 
  • Physics Machine Shop

The Columbia Physics Department maintains close links with many other departments (through joint faculty appointments and direct and significant faculty research collaboration). Affiliated departments include: