Research Opportunities

Faculty/student collaborative research is an essential part of the physics program. Students work with faculty members in the areas of astronomy, particle physics, friction studies, and theoretical atomic physics. More details on these projects can be found on individual faculty members' web pages.

All five members of the Physics Department faculty have ongoing research programs that students are encouraged to be involved in. Members have published a number of articles in important research journals in recent years.

Erin Flater—atomic force microscopy, friction and wear at the nanoscale, determination of chemical and physical properties of surfaces and probes

Todd PedlarStudy of the spectroscopy of heavy quarkonium systems and other heavy quark mesons as part of the international collaborations Belle and Belle II

James Perez—Interactions between slow, highly charged ions and surfaces, physics of very highly charged ions, atomic collision simulations

Jeffrey Wilkerson—Long-term photometric monitoring of star fields, eclipsing binary timing studies, low amplitude pulsating stars, stellar flares, stellar luminosity stability

Physics student and faculty memeber pose for a photo after they completed a collaborative research project together.

Hitz Graff and Flater Collaborative Research

Learn why engineers must take into account the effects of friction on their materials and designs.