Montana State University

Department of Physics

264 Barnard Hall
Bozeman, MT 59717-3840
(406) 994-3614 (C)
(406) 994-4452 (fax)

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Research Specialties and Staff

Montana State University

Specialties for Degree Program

Research specialty Degree type
(Final degree/Enroute to PhD)
Astrophysics Theoretical Both
Atmosphere, Space Physics, Cosmic Rays Experimental Both
Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics Experimental Both
Biophysics Experimental Both
Condensed Matter Physics Both Both
Optics Experimental Both
Physics and other Science Education Experimental Both
Plasma and Fusion Theoretical Both
Relativity & Gravitation Theoretical Both
Solar Physics Both Both

Departmental Research and Staff



Galaxy Formation
David Nidever


Neutron stars; active galactic nuclei; gamma-ray bursters.
Bennett Link, Carla Riedel, Sachiko Tsuruta

Condensed Matter Physics

Correlated many-body (collective) effects such as superconductivity and superfluidity; influence of magnetic fields, impurities, and fluctuations on superconducting properties.
Anton Vorontsov

Physics and other Science Education

Developing and implementing innovative programs for primary and secondary teacher education; developing techniques in education of nonscience majors.
Gregory Francis, Shannon Willoughby

Relativity & Gravitation

Gravitational waves; black holes; quantum theory of gravity; early universe; experimental relativity.
Neil Cornish, Ronald Hellings, Gerald Wheeler, Nico Yunes


Atmosphere, Space Physics, Cosmic Rays

Space instrumentation, including ultraviolet optics, to investigate the high-speed dynamics of magnetic reconnection in solar flares; solar magnetic activity; auroral physics; magnetospheric physics; development of space technologies and small satellites; heliophysics.
Loren Acton, Richard Canfield, Angela DesJardins, Ronald Hellings, Charles Kankelborg, David Klumpar, Dana Longcope, Jiong Qiu, John Sample

Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics

Linear and nonlinear optical laser spectroscopy; coherent optical transients; optical hole burning; Raman scattering; solid-state laser material.
William Babbitt, Rufus Cone, Aleksander Rebane

Condensed Matter Physics

Measurements of physical properties to temperatures as low as 0.3 K; measurements of thermal expansion using a novel dilatometer capable of detecting subangstrom length changes of specimens to study phase transitions and critical phenomena; characterization of magnetic thin films, nanoparticles, and buried interfaces for spin-transport devices; X-ray absorption spectroscopy, magnetic circular dichroism, X-ray resonant magnetic scattering; ceramics for fuel cells fabricated and tested for their electrical properties; characterization of defects in advanced materials at the atomic level using EPR, ENDOR, and optical spectroscopy.
Recep Avci, Nicholas Childs, Rufus Cone, Yves Idzerda, John Neumeier, Paul Rugheimer, V. Schmidt

Solar Physics

Loren Acton, Richard Canfield, Angela DesJardins, Charles Kankelborg, Dana Longcope, Jiong Qiu, John Sample

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