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Physics Department

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Dr. Yu Gu

Dr. Yu Gu
Femtosecond laser materials processing (micromachining) is a novel, mask-less micro fabrication technique that is inherently three-dimensional.  When a femtosecond laser beam is tightly focused into a material, nonlinear processes occur as a result of multi-photon absorption.  We will explore the potential for  micromachining in a variety of materials including glass, SU-8 photoresist, and a polymer called PDMS (Polydimethylsiloxane).  Special attention will be paid to material ablation and how it is influenced by writing parameters such as power, focusing and writing speed.

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) extending that model to include the mechanisms by which the ocean regulates atmospheric CO2; (3) assessing theoretical models meant to explain the causes of oscillations in large-scale ocean circulation; and (4) 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.