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Physics Department

Updated for 2014

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Dr. Paul Angiolillo
Exploring Exotic Materials with Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
Numerous genera of the Mollusca and Cephalopoda biomineralize calcium carbonate into two polymorphs: aragonite and calcite.  This lab has recently undertaken projects to explore mineralized calcium carbonate in both extant and extinct species.  In particular, the radiation-induced defects in calcite and aragonite in extinct species is not only interesting from a physics viewpoint but may be used to glean information about the organisms age and ecology.  In extant species, these biomaterials exemplify physical characteristics such as strength and toughness that warrants further.

Dr. Yu Gu

Dr. Yu Gu
The miniaturization of traditional chemical and biochemical functionalities is a recently developed technology called Lab-On-Chip. In particular, the integration of microfluidic and microoptical elements together onto monolithic platforms has led to the new term “optofluidics”. This technology has the potential to be used in a large variety of fields such as point-of-care biomedical testing, environmental monitoring and telecommunications. We will be working on integrated optical devices and optofluidic devices for biomedical imaging and on-chip sensing. 

Piotr Habdas

Dr. Peter Habdas


Dr. Douglas Kurtze
My currently active research projects are:  (1) Developing a simplified theoretical model of the interaction of sea ice and ocean circulation, and applying it to the Snowball Earth episodes in the Neoproterozoic Era (c. 600 million years ago) and to global warming today; (2) assessing theoretical models meant to explain the causes of oscillations in large-scale ocean circulation; and (3) investigating the behavior of models of traffic flow and traffic jams.  The last grows out of my general research interest in how patterns form spontaneously in nature.