Research Areas

Research Areas

The Department of Physics offers programs leading to MS degrees in Physics. The principal goal of the graduate program in our department is to provide students with strong background in fundamental areas of theoretical and applied physics and to prepare them for careers in industry or in academic institutions for Ph.D. and post-graduate studies. Physics department offers graduate degrees in a wide range of topics in theoretical and applied physics providing advanced level training while introducing, as well as contributing to, the developments taking place at the frontiers of physics. The Department of Physics offers MS degrees in a number of fields in theoretical and applied physics, including condensed matter physics (growth of thin ferromagnetic/metal, insulator, semiconductor hetero-structures by magnetron sputtering; characterization of optical and electronic transport properties of bulk materials, thin films, and electronic devices such as microcrystalline silicon thin films as solar cell materials and infrared detectors; dark and light current-voltage, conductivity, steady-state photoconductivity, steady- state photocarrier grating (SSPG) techniques and numerical simulations microcrystalline semiconductor thin films; superconductor and semiconductor applications of magnetron sputtered thin film materials; conventional and high temperature superconductors; point contact tunneling spectroscopy, scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy; superconductor-insulator-normal metal/superconductor junctions, Josephson junctions; photolithography, nanolithography; surface modification of metallic materials and biomaterials by ion beam methods; molecular dynamics simulations of oxidation in metal/ceramic systems; computational optics; photonic crystal design, photonic crystal fibers), high energy physics (supersymetry phenomenology, extra dimensions, CP and flavor violations, physics beyond the Standard Model), general relativity and cosmology (higher curvature gravity, conformal invariance, braneworlds, dark matter), astrophysics (cataclysmic variable stars, binary stars, extra-solar planets, plasma astrophysics, the sun, white dwarfs), atmospheric physics (atmospheric radiative heat transfer, modeling studies of climate change, global warming), and biophysics (neural dynamics, the cell). This program provides an advanced project-based education supplemented with research at the frontiers of science while emphasizing nation-wide industrial development. The faculty enjoys a rightful reputation for the level of teaching and research activity at the department. Our self-contained MS program provides a strong background for further graduate studies at advanced levels as well as employment in industry.

Condensed Matter Physics

  • Photovoltaics
  • Amorphous Materials
  • Surface Modification of Materials by Ion Beams
  • Condensed matter theory
  • High temperature superconductors
  • Preparation of thin films by evaporation and magnetron sputtering, and thick films by screen printing
  • Resistivity, magnetization, thermoelectric power, critical current and x-ray diffraction measurements on high-Tc superconductor thin, thick and bulk samples
  • Reactive DC sputtering to deposit Nitrites
  • Quasiparticle and Josephson tunneling in high temperature superconductors
  • Low temperature and UHV techniques
  • Photolithography techniques
  • Automated data acquisition systems, IEEE 488, Labview, Object bench
  • Photonic Crystals and photonic crystal waveguides
  • Nanotechnology: Nanolithography on organic and inorganic films, Self Assembled Monolayers (SAM), Langmuir Blodgett (LB) films, organic semiconducting thin film interfaces and their application to electronic devices, such as organic photovoltaics, OLEDs, OTFTs, nanoparticles, nanotubes and nanowires and and nanoelectronics

High Energy Physics

  • SUSY phenomenology: CP and Flavor violations.
  • SUSY phenomenology: Higgs search.
  • SUGRA-Inspired Supersymmetric Models: Mu Problem.
  • Little Higgs Model: CP and Flavor violations.
  • Extra Dimensions: Phenomenology and Cosmology.
  • Symmetries and invariants of Yukawa and Higgs sectors of the standard model and its extensions.
  • Symmetries of the standart model and its extensions.
  • Non-commutative geometry.
  • Discrete space-time symmetries.

Optics

  • Optical properties of surfaces