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Student doing physics research

Research

Areas of active research within the Department include, biological physics, AMO physics, condensed matter physics, precision measurements, and physics education. 

Research & Scientific Expertise

Current research is being undertaken in the following areas:

Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics

Researchers: 

Experimental

Main research topics include:

  • Laser Physics and Nonlinear Optics (Vemuri)
  • Biomedical Optics (Vemuri)
  • The investigation of non-classical states of light, encryption, and quantum entanglement (Ou).
  • Ultracold Quantum Gases (Luo
  • Trapped Ion Quantum Information (Luo)
  • Precision Optical Measurement (Luo
 

Biological Physics

Researchers: 

Experimental

Work in progress involves:

  • The use of NMR and to study protein structure and dynamics (Kemple).
  • Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (Kemple) is applied to investigate the effect of free radicals in biological processes.
  • Solid state NMR is used to study biological membranes (Wassall).
  • The structure and function of biological membranes is also investigated by X-ray scattering and ion transport (Petrache).

Computational

  • Research is performed using computer modeling and simulations of the physical properties of biological macromolecules (Zhu).
  • There is also ongoing work in modeling the response of cells to cryopreservation (Kleinhans) and modeling membrane channels (Petrache).
 

Condensed Matter Physics

Researchers: 

Experimental

  • Fabrication and characterization of magnetic nanostructured materials, with the goal of building spintronic devices (Cheng).
  • The optical properties of quantum dots are also investigated in our Department (Decca).

Scanning Probe Microscopy

New techniques are developed to investigate soft materials with Atomic Force Microscopy and Near-field Scanning Optical Microscopy and to place limits on hypothetical new forces (Decca).

 
 

Studies of Fundamental Forces

Researchers: 

Experimental

  • Investigations of the Casimir force conducted using MEMS-- microelectromechanical systems (Decca).
  • Studies of possible corrections to gravity at small length scales (Decca).
 

Physics Education

Researchers: 

This field focuses on efforts to develop and assess effective new methods of instruction in physics.

 

Theoretical Physics

Researchers:

Ongoing Theoretical physics research focuses on PT-symmetric quantum mechanics, non-Hermitian operators, and properties of self-adjoint, non-Hermitian random matrices.

 

Physics professor appreciates IUPUI’s interdisciplinary environment

Horia Petrache, Ph.D. Assistant Professor