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Lab equipmentThe Department of Physics houses twenty labs, a Center for the Irradiation of Materials, a NSF Center for Nonlinear Optics and Materials, a departmental library, a glass shop, a Learning Resource Center, a graduate student office to house 23 graduate students, and a machine shop.

​Research Areas

  • Materials Science
  • Nano Technology
  • Optics
  • Space Science

Research Topics

  • Crystal growth from solution, melt, vapor for IR, NLO, and photorefractive materials
  • Growth of IR window materials, SHG materials, and IR detector materials
  • Investigation of polymeric carbon and carbide ware
  • Materials characterization by techniques like, SEM, EPR, RBS, optical and electrical methods, etc.
  • Surface diffusion studies
  • Surface modification studies using Ion implantation
  • Crystal growth modeling
  • Nonlinear optics in organic and photorefractive materials, and nonlinear fiber optics
  • Upconversion lasers
  • Real-time interferometry in photorefractive materials
  • Integrated optics in thin films of polymeric and organic materials
  • Optical phase conjugation in photorefractive materials
  • Study of optical surfaces and lenses
  • Squeezed states: Applications in optical communication
  • Quantum computing
  • Research on optical fiber sensors
  • Optical hole burning
  • Optical computing, optical and optically assisted neural network
  • Planetary and space physics

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