Department of Physics and Energy Science

We focus on solid state physics, materials science, and surface science

The Department’s research is spearheaded by four unique research centers and state-of-the-art-facilities.

Our experimental equipment includes ultrahigh vacuum systems for deposition and characterization of thin films, and Brillouin light scattering.

Theoretical work is supported by local CPU and GPU computing nodes. Students can seek access to the NSF-funded UCCS high-performance computing cluster INCLINE


Center for Magnetism and Magnetic Nanostructures

The Center for Magnetism and Magnetic Nanostructures is dedicated to the study of magnetic phenomena in nanoscopic magnetic materials and nanostructures, underpinned by communications, microwave devices, and magnetic storage applications. Our research topics include the manipulation of high-frequency electromagnetic and spin waves, ultrafast light-matter interactions, theoretical nonlinear magnetism, and thin film growth and characterization.

Faculty: Dmytro Bozhko, Robert Camley, Zbigniew Celinski, Ezio Iacocca


The UCCS Center of the University of Colorado BioFrontiers Institute (BioFrontiers-UCCS) is devoted to collaborations between scientists across disciplines to advance biotechnology. The initial focus of BioFrontiers-UCCS is to complete collaborative research projects in biology and physics. Our goal is to attract talented researchers and students by providing an environment that encourages and rewards innovative thinking and collaborative research. As BioFrontiers-UCCS grows, additional research areas will be added, bridging such disciplines as physics, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, computational science, and biology.

Faculty: Robert Camley, Janusz Hankiewicz, Guy Hagen

Center for Advanced Technologies and Optical Materials

The mission of the Center is to provide a state-of-the art platform for the fundamental and applied cutting-edge research and development, research opportunities for scholars and the academic community, and strong education for current professionals, graduates, undergraduates, and K-12 students. The Center establishes pioneering research to reach ground-breaking hi-tech milestones from fundamental understanding of physical properties of liquid crystals, polymers, thin films, and nanoparticles to technological advancement creating novel functional materials and designing devices based on them. We partner with industry to provide a unique multidisciplinary expertise that bridges the gap between research and R&D.

Faculty: Anatoliy Glushchenko

Center for plasmonics, nanophotinics, and metamaterials (CPNM)

The mission of the Center for Plasmonics, Nanophotonics and Metamaterials (CPNM) is to foster education of 21st century scientist and engineers through an active learning process involving research in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. The CPNM promotes innovation in the area of Plasmonics, Nanophotonics, and Metamaterials and provides a common collaborative framework for education, research and development. The CPNM focuses its activities on fundamental and applied research in the area of Photonics, Plasmonics, and Metamaterials.

Faculty: Anatoliy Pinchuk