Undergraduate research opportunities are available for Physics & Astronomy majors at all levels from first year to senior thesis. Projects are designed to fit the student level and career direction. Experiments and computer simulation are done with lasers, optics, and plasma physics. Examples of current student research projects include
1.) Plasma Electrosurgery Characterization and Simulation;
2.) Laser-Induced Fluorescence Measurements of Velocity Distribution Function of Molecular Iodine
1.) Infrared laser measurements of real-time laser mirror damage from high peak power laser pulses;
2.) Torque generated by eddy currents in rotating magnetic fields;
3.) Optical and Scanning Electron Microscope Characterization of Micrometeorites Collected from Building Rooftops
1.) Build a solid state or gas laser and measure the optical characteristics;
2.) Make a Michelson interferometer;
3.) Make Holograms
Students will build experimental, theoretical, and simulation skills. Emphasis on thinking physics before the useful math, order of magnitude estimate skills, learning to make measurements (including precision and accuracy decisions).
Time commitment is designed to fit each student, making sure excellence in enrolled courses is not compromised.
Prof. Roger McWilliams, B010 Reines Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lab location is found by putting latitude and longitude into GPS map and going into hallway at that location: 33.6443, -117.8432