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Research Spotlight: Physics

Our research focuses on materials physics and utilizes a wide range of experimental, analytical, and computational techniques. Experimentalists conduct research on surface physics and thin films, diffusion measurements and NMR in polymers and solid-state physics. Theoretical projects include critical phenomena and phase transitions, renormalization group theory, supersymmetry, fluid dynamics, polymer, semiconductor and solid-state physics.

There is a large array of experimental equipment and instrumentation available in the department:

  • FTIR spectroscopy
  • UV spectroscopy
  • Low energy electron diffraction spectroscopy
  • High- and ultra-high vacuum equipment for thin-film deposition
  • Inelastic Electron Tunneling Spectroscopy (IETS)
  • Pulsed and continuous-wave NMR.
  • A class-100 clean with state-of-the-art atomic force microscopy
  • Facilities to fabricate and characterize ferroelectric and
  • High temperature superconductor materials.

Several faculty members have clusters of computer workstations to perform computational research. This includes

  • Equilibrium and non-equilibrium statistical mechanics of complex fluids including polymers
  • Atomic scale and coarse-grained modeling
  • Nanotechnology
  • Phase transitions and critical phenomena in polymers
  • Frictional drag in coupled electronic bilayers
  • Transport in mesoscopic and nanoscopic systems

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Ernst D. von Meerwall honored for research achievements

Ernst D. von Meerwall, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Physics, Chemistry, and Polymer Science, and now Research Professor of Physics, was awarded the William A. Fowler Award by the American Physical Society (Ohio Region Section) for outstanding research in condensed matter physics. 

The award was presented on October 14 at the 2011 Fall meeting of the Ohio Region Section at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. Full story.