The Department of Physics has laboratories for experimental work in various research areas of condensed matter physics, including ferroelectric thin films, semiconductors, nanostructures, lliquid crystals and astrophysics. These laboratories have a variety of preparation and characterization facilities such as the Advanced Materials Research Laboratory. Several members of the faculty use the facilities of the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center at Arecibo (commonly known as the Arecibo Observatory) for their research in astrophysics, and some also use the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) and Brookhaven National Laboratory facilities for synchrotron radiation sources. Theoretical research is conducted in the areas of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, elementary particles and high energy physics, general relativity, astrophysics, and solid state physics. It is supported by a modern library, communications infrastructure, and computing facilities. Various faculty members form part of the Laboratory of Theoretical Physics, which is a multicampus and multidepartamental organization that carries research and related academic activities in various areas of theoretical physics.