Columbia University Nevis Labs

A brief introduction to Nevis Labs

Nevis Laboratories, 136 South Broadway, P. O. Box 137, Irvington, NY 10533 USA
Phone: 914-591-8100, Fax: 914-591-8120
Director: Michael Shaevitz

Nevis Laboratories is Columbia University's primary center for the study of high-energy experimental particle and nuclear physics. Faculty members, postdoctoral research scientists, and graduate students, supported by an engineering and technical staff, engage in the preparation, design, and construction of high-energy particle and nuclear experiments and equipment. These experiments and equipment are transported to major national accelerator laboratories for data collection; the data resulting from these experiments are then processed and analyzed using the extensive computer systems at Nevis. Experiments are currently taking place at Fermilab in Chicago, Illinois; CERN in Switzerland; and Brookhaven National Lab on Long Island in Upton, New York.

Nevis Laboratories are located on a scenic 68-acre estate originally owned by James Hamilton, son of Alexander Hamilton. The du Pont family donated the estate to the University in 1934 for use as an arboretum. After WWII, Columbia decided to use the property for scientific research. Construction of physics facilities at Nevis began in 1947. In 1950 Dwight D. Eisenhower, then President of the University, inaugurated what was then the world's most powerful cyclotron, which was eventually retired in 1978.

Nevis Mansion House

Col. James Hamilton built this mansion in 1835. He named it Nevis, after the birthplace of his father. The mansion house is still located on the Nevis Labs property. It's used for physics conferences and temporary housing for researchers working at Nevis.