Department of Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science

Facilities and Resources

Students in the department of physics, astronomy and materials science have many facilities and resources at their disposal, both on and off campus. These facilities offer many great opportunities to our students as they conduct research and learn more about their field of interest.

Physics facilities

Jordan Valley Innovation Center

Jordan Valley Innovation Center

As a student at Missouri State, you may have the opportunity to access the high-tech research facilities at the Roy Blunt Jordan Valley Innovation Center’s (JVIC) Center for Applied Science and Engineering (CASE) as well as their Center for Biomedical and Life Sciences (CBLS). These facilities will grant you hands-on experience and research opportunities in fields like biomaterials, nanotechnology, carbon-based electronics, biomedical instrumental development and energy.

Astronomy facilities

Baker Observatory

Baker Observatory

The William G. and Retha Stone Baker Observatory is used on clear evenings for laboratory work by students in beginning and intermediate astronomy courses, and by advanced undergraduate students and faculty conducting astronomical research. The observatory houses many smaller telescopes for students to use in addition to two large telescopes. The observatory also holds the Astronomy Image Analysis Laboratory. Baker Observatory is located on Old Hillcrest Road, off Route 38, approximately 10 miles northwest of Marshfield in Webster County.

Materials science research facilities

Our research facilities are some of the most advanced facilities available in the Midwest. These facilities will enable you to conduct your research on what interests you and contribute meaningful new knowledge to the field of materials science. Our facilities are operated in collaboration with the University of Missouri as well as other departments here at Missouri State University.

Synthesis of thin films

Molecular Beam Epitaxy
Molecular Beam Epitaxy

E-beam evaporator
E-beam Evaporation

Thermal Evaporator
Thermal Evaporator

Spin Coating
Spin Coating

Structural characterizations

X-ray Diffraction
X-ray Diffraction

Raman Spectroscopy
Raman Spectroscopy

Physical properties

Magnetotransport
Magnetotransport

UV-VIS Spectroscopy
UV-VIS Spectroscopy

Photoluminescence
Photoluminescence

Device characterizations

I-V Measurements

I-V Measurements

Community partnerships

Over the years, students in our department have partnered with community groups and local non-profits to put their skills to the test. One example of our students’ ingenuity is a “gravity drop” constructed for a local fundraiser. As a public affairs university, we encourage our students to get involved in the local community.