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Research Areas

Faculty Research

Physics Education Research

Fluid Dynamics and Plasma Physics (Turbulence)

Astrophysics, Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry (Isotopes)

Condensed Matter Physics (Transport Properties)

Laboratory Shadow Program

In addition to completing Physics 499, all students are encouraged to participate in undergraduate research either with the faculty here or at an internship off-campus.  Students who are interested in contributing to the Department's research agendas should meet with the faculty and participate as Laboratory Shadows.  Lab Shadows are informally assigned to current senior research students who are charged with exposing the Shadows to the work and even with providing some training.  Any student of any year classification may participate.

Student Independent 499 Research

Recent projects have included: 

  • Cell-based battery charging
  • Survey of prevalence of lead wheel weights
  • Comparison of simulated and MBL-based activies
  • Piezoelectric sensors
  • STM imaging of gold and silver nanoparticles
  • Observation of aluminum oxide growth
  • Electroheological response
  • Thermal modeling of windows