Home to the departments of Physics and Astronomy and Computer Science, Sanders Physics re-opened in 2014 after a complete renovation that earned the building LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) from the U.S. Green Building Council. The facility provides state-of-the-art laboratories, faculty offices, and classrooms equipped with interactive smartboards and classroom-dedicated sets of Ipads, Macbooks, and Surface Pros.
Physics students work in a suite of rooms equipped for experiments in topics ranging across the discipline including optics, quantum mechanics, and special relativity (the Michelson-Morley experiment). The primary space in this experimental suite is the Collaborative Learning Laboratory, which allows students in small groups to work interactively with advanced equipment and computerized data acquisition systems. There are also several specialized labs directly correlated with physics faculty research projects in such areas acoustics, applied optics, and ultrafast optics.
While observational astronomy takes place in the Class of 1951 Observatory, image processing and data analysis take place in Sanders, where astronomy students reduce and analyze astronomical data with specialized software in the PACS Computer Laboratory (Physics, Astronomy, and Computer Science). They also have a small laboratory for the construction and testing of astronomical instruments.
The Computer Science Department features a dedicated network of over 48 Linux workstations housed in two laboratories available to students 24 hours a day. In addition, the department maintains resources for advanced research and development in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, 3D modeling, computational linguistics, mobile health systems, and parallel and distributed algorithms and systems. Students may also access the Asprey Center's High-Performance Computing Cluster, which is configured for longer-running, big data and data- science related research.