The primary research of the department is in solid state physics/materials science and surface science.

The primary research of the department is in solid state physics/materials science and surface science. This is supported by several ultrahigh vacuum systems for deposition (molecular beam epitaxy, sputter deposition, evaporation) and characterization of thin films (X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Auger Electron Spectroscopy, extensive magnetic and electronic characterization facilities), an atomic force microscope, Brillouin light scattering, and good computing facilities for theoretical work. The department also has an active program and sophisticated equipment for radon studies.

Faculty Research

Robert Camley

Theoretical Solid State Physics Magnetic and electronic properties of artificially layered structures (superlattices), surface excitations, optical and magneto-optical signal processing.


Dr. Celinski

Experimental Solid State Physics Growth and characterization of ultra-thin metallic films and multilayers, magnetic materials, Brillouin light scattering, ferromagnetic resonance, exchange coupling in magnetic thin films.


Tom Christensen

Experimental Solid State Physics Characterization of surfaces and thin films. Ellipsometry, electron spectroscopies.


Anatoliy Glushchenko

Experimental Physics Applied optics, bio-physics & bio-photonics, renewable energy, materials science of soft condensed matter, nanofilms & nanoparticles.


Marek Grabowski

Theoretical Solid State Physics Chaos, nonlinear physics, solitons, one and two dimensional systems, polymers.


Dr. Pinchuck

Experimental Physics Metamaterials, nano-optics, photonics and plasmonics, photovoltaics, optical biochemical nanosensors.


Dr. Livesey

Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics High frequency dynamics in magnetic and ferroelectric materials; static and dynamic properties of multiferroic materials; doped liquid crystals; biomagnetic nanoparticles.


Dr. Spendier

Biophysics Experimental and theoretical studies of cell membrane curvature and nanoparticle interactions with biological samples.


Dr. Bozhko

Experimental Solid State Physics Magnetic materials, Brillouin light scattering, magnon Bose-Einstein condensation, magnon-phonon interactions.


Dr. Iacocca

Theoretical Solid State Physics Magnetic materials...