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Experimental Physics at UVM SPS

Whereas theoretical physicists deal with abstract equations to learn more about the universe around them, experimental physicists deal with the raw data from that very universe. Experimental physicists test the theories that are formulated by the theoretical physicist, and either verifies or disproves the theory based upon empirical evidence. Experimental physics has been made famous by such historical experiments as the Cavendish experiment and the research currently taking place at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland.

At UVM, experimental physics is roughly split into three categories: condensed matter, acoustic, and biological. Condensed matter physics focuses on the physical properties of condensed phases of matter (such as magneto-optical spectroscopy and thin-film growth), while acoustic physics deals with the study of mechanical waves through matter and biological physics utilizes physical experimentation to study biological systems.

Below, you will find some of the SPS members currently engaged in experimental research.



  • Matthew T. DiMario, Spin-polarized Magneto-optical Spectroscopy

    Adviser: Dr. Madalina Furis

    More coming soon





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