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Our program offers world-class faculty and state-of-the-art facilities. Currently the Department offers first-rate facilities in atomic force microscopy, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, ultrafast optical spectroscopy and microscopy, terahertz spectroscopy, pulsed laser thin film deposition, thin film characterization, atomic layer deposition and mass spectrometry.

In 2009, the Department of Physics and Astronomy relocated to a new, custom-made, high tech building which has expanded the size of individual laboratories and further enhance the quality and global impact of the research carried out in the program.

Students accepted into our Graduate program can develop expertise with some of the most progressive techniques and instrumentations and alongside some of the finest researchers in the nation. Students will also have access to outstanding computational facilities and top-notch facilities for the construction of space physics instrumentation that participate in prestigious NASA space missions, through the partnership with the Southwest Research Institute.

Research areas span across many different fields ranging from Astrophysics to Material Science and from Biophysics to Nanotechnology. The research carried out by the faculty members is avant-grade and proudly produces many publications in high impact, world renowned journals (including Science, Nature, etc.)

Astrophysics and Cosmology

Biophysics

Ichishiro Konno
Rafael Lopez-Mobilia
Chris Packham
Jim Powell
Eric Schlegel

Lorenzo Brancaleon
Liao Chen
Marcelo Marucho
Xomalin Peralta
Dhiraj Sardar 

   

Computational Physics

Experimental Condensed Matter

Liao Chen
Xochitl Lopez-Lozano
Marcelo Marucho

Andrey Chabanov
Chonglin Chen
Xomalin Peralta
Arturo Ponce-Pedraza
Dhiraj Sardar 
Miguel Jose-Yacaman

   

Nanotechnology Materials Physics

Space Physics

Arturo Ayon
Andrey Chabanov
Chonglin Chen
Arturo Ponce-Pedraza
Dhiraj Sardar 
Miguel Jose-Yacaman 

Frédéric Allegrini
Mihir Desai
Jerry Goldstein
Jorg-Micha Jahn
Stefano Livi

David McComas
Pete Roming
Phillip Valek

Jack H. Waite

   

Terahertz Spectroscopy

Theoretical Condensed Matter

Xomalin Peralta

Liao Chen
Zlatko Koinov
Aneta Koynova
Xochitl Lopez-Lozano
 

Ultramicroscopy

 

Lorenzo Brancaleon
Arturo Ponce-Pedraza
Miguel Jose-Yacaman