All physics faculty are committed to student involvement in their research.

Most physics majors participate in one or more research projects before they graduate. Recent ones include:

  • surveys of neutral hydrogen in galaxies using Arecibo Observatory
  • metal-bearing protein structure using nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
  • crystal growth
  • thermodynamic and optical properties of the materials that comprise the surfaces of the icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn
  • pulsar timing and tests of general relativity
  • studying magnetic nanostructures such as nanoparticles and films
  • non-standard dark-matter distributions in galaxies
  • design and construction of a confocal fluorescence microscope for characterization of quantum emitters
  • building optical setups and characterizing ferroelectric materials via Raman spectroscopy

Students can participate in research in the Lafayette Physics Department in the following ways.  In all cases, the best way to get involved is to speak to individual Physics Department faculty members.

Physics posters shown in recent EXCEL poster sessions:

A listing of on- and off-campus summer research opportunities is maintained by the department.

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