Physics Areas of Research

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Astronomy and Astrophysics. Structure and evolution of the Milky Way Galaxy, exoplanets and their host stars, binary stars as probes of star and planet formation and structure, high-resolution imaging, interferometry, precision astrometry, and instrument development for large telescopes.

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Biophysics. Biomedical physics and optical imaging methods of biological materials.

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Condensed Matter Physics. Magnetism, strongly correlated many-body systems, numerical methods, properties of polymers, thin-film and nanoparticle deposition using pulsed laser deposition, and spectroscopy of materials.

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High-Energy Physics. High-energy nuclear physics, relativistic heavy ions, and high-energy astro-particle physics.

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Nanotechnology. Advanced materials and nanostructures for microelectronics and optoelectronics, scanning probe and electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction and spectroscopy, nanoscale friction/adhesion (nanotribology) through the manipulation of nanoparticles, high-resolution scanning probe microscopy.

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Optics. Spectroscopy of solid-state lasers and effects of ultraviolet light on optical fibers, polarization effects in interferometric measurements, fluorescence of biological specimens, optical instrumentation.

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Physics Education Research. Learning and teaching physics, including the effective use of technology, the development of problem solving ability in introductory students, the development of curricular materials for use in the modern learning environment, and professional development for STEM educators.