The department of physics and astronomy is active in a number of areas of research. Our research activities and interests are outlined below.

Experimental Physics

Etienne Gagnon
Ken Krebs
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.

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
Curtis Asplund
Calvin Stubbins

Physics Education

Christof Keebaugh

Remote Sensing

Fronefield Crawford


Fronefield Crawford
Mike Pagano
Elizabeth Praton
Ryan Trainor

Our main research interests in astrophysics are in the areas of cosmology and large-scale structure  (Beth Praton),  galaxy formation and black holes (Ryan Trainor), astrobiology and planet formation (Mike Pagano), and gravitational wave physics and pulsar astronomy (Froney Crawford).

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.

F&M is also a member of  North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves (NANOGrav) and the NANOStars research and education program. This program gives students at F&M the opportunity to use the Arecibo 300-meter radio telescope to remotely conduct pulsar search and timing observations as well as to hunt for new pulsars in Arecibo survey data.