The department of physics and astronomy is active in a number of areas of research. Our research activities and interests are outlined below.
We also maintain a summer research opportunities page, which has project descriptions at F&M as well as links to Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) web sites.
The Laboratory for Materials Physics web page is maintained by Ken Krebs. The lab's primary emphasis is on the fluorescent properties of impurity ions embedded into metal oxide matrices using a wet chemical (sol-gel) process. Check out the lab web page for more information.
The Terahertz Radiation and Non-linear Optics web page describes the research program of Amy Lytle and Etienne Gagnon. See their lab web page for more information.
Our main research interests in astrophysics are in the areas of cosmology and large scale structure (Beth Praton), the study of brown dwarf stars (Peter Allen), gravitational wave physics (Andrea Lommen and Brian Christy), and pulsar astronomy (Andrea Lommen and Froney Crawford), though we do have other interests which are tangentially related to these areas.
The Parkes 64-m radio telescope in Parkes, NSW, Australia
Students who are interested in working with us on astronomy research projects during the summer (through the Hackman Scholars Program, for instance) or during the academic year are encouraged to come talk with us. Along with our students, we have many international collaborators on our projects. We have a Beowulf cluster for high-performance computing in support of our ongoing pulsar work, an astronomy research computer lab for student work, and we provide opportunities for our students to use national and international research facilites (for instance, the Arecibo Telescope in Puerto Rico, the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia, and the Parkes Radio Telescope in Australia have all been recently used by our students).