Physics & Astronomy Instrument Shop
GSU’s Physics & Astronomy Instrument Shop is a design, fabrication, repair and consultation facility located in the darkest corner of the Natural Science Center. Together, our three employees have many decades of experience with a wide range of scientific instrumentation.
We are a core facility serving the Department of Physics and Astronomy, the Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy (CHARA), as well as the full College of Arts & Sciences. The Shop has been supporting the applied sciences at GSU for well over 50 years.
The Instrument Shop is home to three CNC machines and several manual lathes and mills, cutting tools, grinders, and presses. We work in a fairly wide variety of materials including, but certainly not limited to, stainless steel, mild steel, aluminum and acrylic. We also do glass cutting, repair, and polishing but, unfortunately, lack the facilities and expertise for glass blowing.
The Shop also has extensive electronics capabilities. Beyond diagnostics and repair, we occasionally do complete instrument designs: from concept to prototype to printed circuit to enclosure fabrication.
Beyond faculty support, we take great pride in assisting under-graduate and graduate students in shaping and realizing their own designs. Any student with a research goal is more than welcome to drop in at any time to discuss design possibilities, implementation issues or anything else. We also actively support projects of the Society of Physics Students and the Physics Graduate Student Association and provide students with one-on-one tutoring in CAD drawing on request.
For more information about the staff or our services, please use the contact information below.