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Department of Physics

Experimental Research


  • Professor Di Bartolo's Group - Solid-state spectroscopy of laser-type materials, luminescence spectroscopy, flash photolysis and molecular spectroscopy, photoacoustics, femtospectroscopy, summer schools in atomic and molecular spectroscopy. Professor Di Bartolo; program sponsored by NASA and NATO.
  • Professor Graf's Group - Low temperature condensed matter physics; materials in strong magnetic fields, nanostructured superconductors, heavy fermion superconductors, thermoelectric materials. Professor Graf; program supported through Petroleum Research Fund and National Science Foundation.
  • Professor Madhavan's Group - Scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy on novel electronic materials, including Kondo impurities and high temperature superconductors. Professor Madhavan; program supported by the Department of Energy and National Science Foundation.
  • Professor Naughton's Group - Physics and chemistry of quasi one and quasi two dimensional electron systems; low temperature, high magnetic fieldelectricaland magnetic properties of organic conductors and superconductors, cuprate superconductors, low dimensional semiconductor structures and novel magnetic systems; anisotropic torque and magnetotransport measurements; commensurability resonances and spin density wave states; growth of organic conductors; magnetometry techniques in large static and pulsed magnetic fields. Professor Naughton; program sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
  • Professor Opeil's Group - Resonant ultrasound and Barkhausen noise in shape memory alloys, such as Ni2MnGa and AuZn. Professor Opeil.
  • Professor Padilla's Group - Experimental studies of semiconductors, oxides, strongly correlated electron systems including high Tc superconductors and metamaterials. Experimental methods include far infrared spectroscopy and THz time domain spectroscopy. Investigation of the symmetry of metamaterials and their relation to complex electromagnetic behavior by point group theoretical methods. Computational studies of metamaterial structures at THz and optical frequencies using the finite element method. Professor Padilla.
  • Professor Wilson's Group - Experimental studies of strongly correlated electron systems including high temperature superconducting copper oxide and iron pnictide based systems. Studies of novel magnetic phase behavior in complex oxide materials and quantum critical systems. Experiments probing non Fermi-liquid behavior in magnetic materials. Experimental methods primarily include utilizing neutron scattering and spectroscopic techniques for the study of spin/structural order and dynamics. Professor Wilson.