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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 Burch’s Laboratory for Assembly and Spectroscopy of Emergence (LASE) develops new methods to probe and manipulate materials, with a focus on novel states of mater (Topological Insulators, Majorana fermions, unconventional superconductors) and devices for clean energy generation (Water Splitting) and efficiency (Thermoelectrics). They are developing a one of a kind clean-room in a glovebox to produce the highest quality two-dimensional atomic crystals and interfaces. Materials are probed using a combination of transport, Infrared, Terahertz and Raman micro-spectroscopies.
  • 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 He’s Group – Experimental studies of stongly correlated electron systems, including cuprates, iridates, nickelates and other complex oxides, transition metal dichalcogenides, etc. in the form of bulk single crystals and thin films, with various techniques based on synchrotron radiations, mainly, angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, resonant elastic x-ray scattering, x-ray absorption spectroscopy and circular dichroism; also with in-house facilities, including ozone-assisted molecular beam epitaxy, low-temperature quantum capacitance and resistivity measurement, x-ray diffraction, etc.. Professor He program sponsored by the 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 Tafti's group – Experimental condensed matter physics, topological order, superconductivity, quantum phase transitions, spin liquids, low dimensional magnets, material synthesis, single crystal growth,  electrical, thermal, and thermo-electric transport measurements, high pressure and high field experiments.
  • Prof. Zeljkovic's Group – Atomic-scale spectroscopic characterization of quantum materials (topological insulators, high-temperature superconductors, transition metal dichalcogenides) using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM); Layer-by-layer material synthesis utilizing molecular beam epitaxy (MBE); Manipulation of electronic properties via strain, electrostatic gating and magnetic field.