The department of physics and astronomy is active in a number of areas of research. Our research activities and interests are outlined below.
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.
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), planetary science (Kassie Martin-Wells), gravitational wave physics (Andrea Lommen ), and pulsar astronomy (Andrea Lommen and Froney Crawford), though we do have other interests which are tangentially related to these areas.
F&M is also a member of the Arecibo Remote Command Center (ARCC) network, which gives students at F&M the opportunity to use Arecibo to remotely conduct pulsar search and timing observations as well as to hunt for new pulsars in Arecibo survey data.