physics

LINDNER FAMILY PHYSICS BUILDING

Xavier physics majors, along with our five full-time faculty and two lab instructors, form a cohesive and supportive community dedicated to academic rigor and excellence and committed fully to the undergraduate experience.  The focal point of this community is the Lindner Family Physics Building.  Built in 1991, this building houses faculty offices, classrooms, research and teaching laboratories, and an observatory.  A centrally located student lounge equipped with several computers, a microwave and refrigerator, and a large table and couches provides students with a place to study, engage in lively academic debate, socialize, or just relax.

As you enter Lindner Hall, the first thing you will notice is the Foucault Pendulum (Lobby area).  The earth rotates under the pendulum but it appears that the pendulum rotates.  An electromagnet at the top of the support wire keeps the pendulum moving against friction of the air. The vertical plane in which the pendulum swings appears to rotate clockwise at a rate of 9.47 degrees per hour in Cincinnati. Actually, it is the floor and building which are rotating counterclockwise at that rate!  The rotation of the Earth was first demonstrated in this way by Foucault at Paris in 1851.

Please enjoy the virtual tour of our building.