The department offers numerous opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to be involved in the research of its faculty. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in our research, thereby finding an opportunity to increase and apply the knowledge acquired in class.
The expertise of our faculty covers a broad range of topics. Current research activities are in the areas of condensed matter physics and materials science, optics, few body and nuclear physics, high energy and particle physics, quantum theory.
Experimental research is performed in a variety of fields of condensed matter physics and materials sciences. Among the points of interest are nanoparticles and plasmonics, near field optical microscopy, physical properties of organic semiconductors, magnetic and superconducting hybrid structures, biophysics. More information can be found on individual faculty websites and on the Applied Physics homepage.
Theoretical research and computational physics is pursued on a variety of topics among which: unification theory of interactions (supersymmetry, supergravity theories), nuclear and particle physics, quantum theory, quantum scattering theory, few-body physics, polymer physics with a close link to the art of Origami, physical properties of magnetic-superconducting hybrid structures, electronic properties of layered materials, statistical physics of crystallization processes. More information can be found on individual faculty websites, on the Computational Physics homepage and the General Physics homepage.
We gratefully acknowledge the following organizations and foundations for their support of our research:
Internal grants: California State University, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (CNSM), Scholarly and Creative Activity Committee (SCAC).
External grants: Army High Performance Computing Research Center (AHPCRC), National Science Foundation (NSF), American Physical Society, Department of Energy (DOE), Air-Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), , Research Corporation, Petroleum Research Foundation, Spencer Foundation.
Experimental: High-Vacuum Multi-Target Sputtering Machine, Magneto-Optical Kerr Effect (MOKE), Quick-dipper Resistance Measurement Probe, Physical Properties Measurement System (PPMS -including a Vibrating Sample Magnetometer -VSM-, AC Susceptibility and transport measurement, Magnetic torque measurement, and horizontal rotator for angular dependence measurement), Scanning Laser Microscope (SLM) with electromagnet, Agilent 428A Precision LCR Meter, Multimode Nanoscope III Scanning Probe Microscope system (including Atomic Force Microscope -AFM-, Magnetic Force Microscope -MFM-, and Electric Field Microscope -EFM), Alternating Gradient Magnetometer, Semiconductor Probe Station, Pulsed NMR Spectrometer, Near-Field microscope.
Computational: vSMP 32-core virtual cluster machine, two 12-core MacPro, Graphics Processing Units (GPU), a fully equipped Computational Physics Laboratory, an Altix 350, computational tools (Maple, Mathematica and gridMathematica, Matlab, IDL, etc.), Density functional theory (DFT) programs, Student offices with up-to-date computer facilities.