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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.

Experimental Physics

Ned Dixon
Linda Fritz
Etienne Gagnon
Ken Krebs
Christie Larochelle
Amy Lytle

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.

Theoretical Physics

Greg Adkins
Calvin Stubbins


Brian Christy
Fronefield Crawford
Andrea Lommen
Beth Praton

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 Pulsars at F&M web page has more information about our current pulsar projects, and you can follow us at @FandM_Pulsars on Twitter.


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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).

We also have observing projects that we conduct with students at NURO in Flagstaff, Arizona. This work is more fully described on our NURO page.