University of Vermont

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Department of Physics

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Astronomy and Astrophysics

Astrophysics is chiefly concerned with the physical properties of celestial bodies. Professor Joanna Rankin's research uses radiotelescopes such as the world's largest and most sensitive one located at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico to study the radiation from distant "pulsars," highly magnetized, rotating neutron stars. Such research increases our understanding of extreme states of matter and is used to study the nature of interstellar space.

Biological Physics

Biological physics applies the concepts of physics to living systems. For example, Professor Kelvin Chu's research focuses on the structural and functional consequences of dynamics of biological molecules. The projects in his lab are aimed at achieving a quantitative understanding of biological function and enzyme mechanism. In collaboration with researchers in the College of Medicine, Professor Junru Wu applies ultrasound and optics to problems in biology and medicine. Using state-of-the-art atomic force microscopy, Professor Jie Yang studies the self-assembly of biomaterials.

Condensed Matter Physics

Condensed matter physics broadly concerns the study of the properties of solids and liquids, and elucidate the connection between fundamental natural laws and macroscopic behavior of matter.

Theoretical research by Professor Dennis Clougherty focuses on the dynamics of quantum systems and how it leads to the rich and complex properties of materials we observe in experiment, while Professor Valeri Kotov's research is concerned with the properties of strongly-correlated electron systems, such as graphene and high-temperature superconductors.

Materials Science

Professor Madalina Furis' research involves spectroscopic studies of the magneto-optical properties of semiconductor and nanocrystalline structures. Professor Randall Headrick's research focuses on X-ray diffraction studies of the growth and deposition of nano-scale thin films that might be useful in advanced magnetoelectric devices and new types of solar cells.

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