Department of Physics & Energy Science

Faculty Research

The primary research of the department is in solid state physics/materials science and surface science. This is supported by several ultrahigh vacuum systems for deposition (molecular beam epitaxy, sputter deposition, evaporation) and characterization of thin films (X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Auger Electron Spectroscopy, extensive magnetic and electronic characterization facilities), an atomic force microscope, Brillouin light scattering, and good computing facilities for theoretical work. The department also has an active program and sophisticated equipment for radon studies.

James F. Burkhart, Ph.D.

Applied Physics Correlation of measured radon levels and geological formations, the physics of radon measurement.


Robert Camley, Ph.D.

Theoretical Solid State Physics Magnetic and electronic properties of artificially layered structures (superlattices), surface excitations, optical and magneto-optical signal processing.


Zbigniew Celinski, Ph.D.

Experimental Solid State Physics Growth and characterization of ultra-thin metallic films and multilayers, magnetic materials, Brillouin light scattering, ferromagnetic resonance, exchange coupling in magnetic thin films.


Tom Christensen, Ph.D.

Experimental Solid State Physics Characterization of surfaces and thin films. Ellipsometry, electron spectroscopies.


Anatoliy Glushchenko, Ph.D.

Experimental Physics Applied optics, bio-physics & bio-photonics, renewable energy, materials science of soft condensed matter, nanofilms & nanoparticles.


Marek Grabowski, Ph.D.

Theoretical Solid State Physics Chaos, nonlinear physics, solitons, one and two dimensional systems, polymers.


Anatoliy Pinchuk, Ph.D.

Experimental Physics Metamaterials, nano-optics, photonics and plasmonics, photovoltaics, optical biochemical nanosensors.


Karen Livesey, Ph.D.

Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics High frequency dynamics in magnetic and ferroelectric materials; static and dynamic properties of multiferroic materials; doped liquid crystals; biomagnetic nanoparticles.


Kathrin Spendier, Ph.D.

Biophysics Experimental and theoretical studies of cell membrane curvature and nanoparticle interactions with biological samples.