University of New Hampshire

Department of Physics

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Research Specialties and Staff

Research Specialties and Staff

University of New Hampshire

Specialties for Degree Program

Research specialty Degree type
(Final degree/Enroute to PhD)
Applied Optics Experimental Both
Condensed Matter Physics Both Both
High Energy Astrophysics and Gravitational Wave Astrophysics Both Both
High Energy Theory Theoretical Both
Medical Imaging Experimental Both
Nuclear Physics Experimental Both
Physics Education Both Both
Space Science Both Both

Departmental Research and Staff


Condensed Matter Physics

Exploring topological aspects of both electronic and magnetic systems. Focused on low-dimensional transports, magnetization dynamics, and strong correlations.
Jiadong Zang

High Energy Astrophysics and Gravitational Wave Astrophysics

Mergers of compact binaries containing black holes or neutron stars, gravitational-wave and electromagnetic signatures of binary mergers, r-process nucleosynthesis, accretion disks around supermassive black holes, numerical simulations in general relativity, and the heating and acceleration of jets.
Benjamin Chandran, Francois Foucart

High Energy Physics

Theoretical research in quantum field theory, string theory, and quantum gravity.
Per Berglund, John Dawson, David Mattingly

Nuclear Physics

Studies of theoretical nuclear models, electron scattering, heavy ion collisions, and condensed ultra-cold atomic systems.
John Dawson, Jochen Heisenberg

Space Plasma Theory

The research activities of Space Plasma Theory Group encompass a broad range of subfields, including theoretical plasma physics, solar and heliospheric physics, magnetospheric physics, and plasma astrophysics.
Benjamin Chandran, Terry Forbes, Kai Germaschewski, Joseph Hollweg, Philip Isenberg, Richard Kaufmann, Martin Lee, Noe Lugaz, Joachim Raeder, Bernard Vasquez


Applied Optics

Development of high-power laser systems for ballistic missile defense.
F. Hersman

Atmospheric Electricity

Research on various aspects of thunderstorms, lightning, and their effects in the near-earth space environment, including electrical properties of thunderstorms, lightning physics, X-ray and gamma-ray emissions from thunderstorms and lightning, transient luminous events (jets, sprites, etc.), ionospheric impact of thunderstorms and lightning; work has also included studies to understand electrical discharges due to conventional discharge or relativistic runaway processes.
Joseph Dwyer, Ningyu Liu

Condensed Matter Physics

Research involving scanning tunneling microscopy and electron spectroscopies, thin-film deposition, and high-resolution mass spectrometry to investigate electronic and structural properties of nanoscale materials.
Olof Echt, Shawna Hollen, James Krzanowski, David Lashmore, Karsten Pohl

Experimental Space Plasma

Investigations of the Earth's environment in the solar system looking at space as a laboratory for plasma physics; satellite and sounding rocket investigations of the solar-terrestrial radiation environment. Active satellite programs for which UNH has contributed hardware include Cluster, ACE, STEREO, IBEX, the Van Allen Probes, the FIREBIRD cubesat, and the recently-launched Magnetospheric Multiscale Satellite MMS; upcoming missions for which UNH is building instruments include GOES-R (launch date, 2015), and Solar Orbiter (2018).
Charles Farrugia, Antoinette Galvin, Chia-Lin Huang, Lynn Kistler, Harald Kucharek, Eberhard Möbius, Nathan Schwadron, Charles Smith, Harlan Spence, Roy Torbert, Jichun Zhang

High Energy Astrophysics

Research involving high-energy radiations addressing a wide variety of astrophysical problems, including high-energy emissions from solar flares, gamma-ray bursts, x-ray binaries, and pulsars; studies are conducted using x-ray and gamma-ray detectors placed on suborbital balloon platforms and on orbital satellites (such as CGRO); work has also included the application of radiation detector technology to homeland security issues and studies of terrestrial gamma-ray flashes.
Peter Bloser, Joseph Dwyer, Dacheng Lin, Ningyu Liu, Mark McConnell, James Ryan

Medical Imaging

Investigation of spin exchange optical pumping (SEOP) to identify new technologies for producing nuclear polarized gases and new applications of these gases as inhaled diagnostic tracers with magnetic resonance imaging.
F. Hersman, Iulian Ruset

Nuclear Physics

Using electron- and photon-scattering experiments (conducted at various accelerator facilities, including the Jefferson Laboratory) to improve our understanding of the atomic nucleus.
John Calarco, Maurik Holtrop, Elena Long, Karl Slifer

Physics Education Research

Research to determine how students learn and developing teaching methodologies to improve student learning.
Dawn Meredith

Space Radiation

Research in high-energy space particle radiation, including ions and electrons; space weather studies; measurements of cosmic ray and solar energetic particles, including detailed elemental and isotopic composition; recent work has included the High Energy Telescope (HET) for the Ulysses mission; currently providing energetic heavy ion sensors for the GOES-R mission; research also includes instrument development work in preparation for future space flight opportunities.
James Connell, Clifford Lopate, R. Bruce McKibben

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