The department has access to several cutting-edge facilities to aid in research and education.

Education and Research Laboratory (EaRL)

EaRL is a shared classroom education and research facility providing undergraduate access to cutting-edge technology. Undergraduate students in physics classes gain valuable experience by working side-by-side with graduate and faculty researchers on the same equipment.

ORaCEL Shared Research Facilities

Organic and Carbon Electronics Labs (ORaCEL) encompasses several laboratories for research activities in organic electronics, spanning physics, chemistry, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and materials science and engineering, with a wide variety of processing and characterization equipment.

PULSTAR Nuclear Reactor

The PULSTAR is a 1-MW pool-type nuclear research reactor administered by the Nuclear Reactor Program and located in Burlington Laboratory on NC State’s North Campus.


The Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory (TUNL) is a consortium of four local universities: North Carolina State University, Duke University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina Central University. This DOE Center of Excellence consists of three accelerator facilities where NCSU researchers pursue research in nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interaction research, and neutrino physics. These facilities boast the most intense mono-energetic photon beam and most intense low-energy proton beam in the world for nuclear astrophysics research. They also house the only functioning high resolution magnetic spectrograph dedicated to nuclear astrophysics in North America, where international collaborators come to perform experiments.

Analytical Instrumentation Facility

The Analytical Instrumentation Facility (AIF) is NC State’s primary shared facility for materials characterization. Through the support of engaged faculty and experienced staff, the AIF supports state-of-the-art scanning and transmission electron microscopes, X-ray scattering and spectroscopy instruments, mass spectrometry, scanning probe and Raman microscopy, nanoindentation, and extensive sample preparation facilities.

Cellular and Molecular Imaging Facility

The Cellular and Molecular Imaging Facility (CMIF) is NC State’s primary shared research and teaching resource for advanced light microscopy. The facility houses state-of-the-art imaging tools that incorporate the latest technological advances to visualize and analyze biological samples and soft materials.

BioCore Facility

The College of Sciences BioCore facility houses shared instruments that are used by the biophysics groups, such as dynamic light scattering (ZetaSizer), differential scanning calorimetry, a laser scanner and many more.

NCSU Nanofabrication Facility (NNF)

The NCSU Nanofabrication Facility (NNF) is a Class 100/Class 1000 cleanroom that provides semiconductor processing capabilities to a variety of science and engineering disciplines. The facility possesses a full range of micro- and nano-fabrication capabilities, including photo and electron beam lithography, wet and dry etch, chemical vapor deposition (including atomic layer deposition), vacuum metallization, rapid thermal anneal and various characterization tools. It attracts a community of top-notch researchers from academia, government labs and industry.

College of Sciences Instrument Shop

The Instrument Shop is a full-service machine shop specializing in the custom fabrication, construction, and design of prototype research equipment.

Genomic Sciences Laboratory

The Genomic Sciences Laboratory (GSL) was established to provide NC State faculty, their collaborators and the broader scientific community with the tools and infrastructure necessary to conduct advanced genomics research.

Molecular Education, Technology and Research Innovation Center (METRIC)

The Molecular Education, Technology and Research Innovation Center (METRIC) provides NC State researchers and university partners with world-class, state-of-the-art measurement science facilities across four buildings throughout campus, encompassing three key molecular characterization technologies including mass spectrometry, magnetic resonance (NMR and EPR), and X-ray crystallography (small molecule and macromolecular).