Prospective undergraduate research assistants should contact faculty in the research area in which they are interested.
- Astronomy & Astrophysics
- Atomic, Molecular, Optical & Plasma Physics
- Condensed Matter Materials Physics & Nanotechnology
- High Energy Physics
- Other Research Areas
Astronomy & Astrophysics
Atomic, Molecular, Optical & Plasma Physics
Ultrafast science: diffractive imaging of isolated molecules with atomic resolution, ultrafast photo-induced chemical reactions, controlling molecules with laser pulses, atoms and molecules in intense laser fields; experimental methods: time-resolved electron diffraction, electron deflectometry, femtosecond optical measurements.
Duane H. Jaecks (emeritus)
Experimental measurement of electron motion and distributions in atoms formed in ion collisions and photoionization; study of correlated motion of massive particles.
Theory of intense laser-plasma interactions with applications to plasma based particle accelerators; plasma kinetic theory; reduced plasma models; Hamiltonian structure; large-scale computation; and advanced numerical algorithms.
Theory of intense laser-atom interactions and processes that elucidate few-body dynamics, including attosecond and other ultrafast atomic and molecular processes; strong-field atomic processes such as above-threshold ionization/detachment, high-order harmonic generation, laser-assisted electron-atom scattering, and intense laser acceleration of electrons; photoionization and photo-detachment processes; atoms in strong external static fields; coherent control of atomic processes; and ultrafast electron diffraction for imaging electronic motion in atoms and molecules.
Condensed Matter/Materials Physics & Nanotechnology
Fundamental and applied studies of organic ferroelectrics; nanoscale ferroelectricity; thin film ellipsometry; pyroelectric and piezoelectric properties of materials; nanoscience education and outreach; introductory physics for life sciences (IPLS); student-centered physics instruction based on sound research.
Fundamental studies of nanoscale physical phenomena in electronic and polar materials by means of scanning probe microscopy (SPM) techniques; research involves application of SPM for nanoscale studies of static and dynamic properties of ferroic domains, scaling behavior of ferroelectric-based devices, electronic properties of polar surfaces, SPM-assisted methods for fabrication of nanostructures and SPM studies of electromechanical and mechanical properties of biocompatible materials and biological systems.
Magnetic domain imaging; magnetic nanostructured materials and complex oxides.
Nanoscale magnetic materials; self-assembled dots; extremely high density recording media; nanostructured high-energy product magnetic materials.
High Energy Physics
Compact muon solenoid (CMS) experiment at CERN
Theoretical particle physics, including new physics beyond the Standard Model, Higgs physics, collider physics and particle cosmology.
Experimental particle physics: compact muon solenoid (CMS) experiment at the Large Hadron Collider.
Astrophysics: Ultra high energy neutrino experiments in Antarctica.