University of Toledo

Department of Physics and Astronomy

2801 W. Bancroft Street
McMaster Hall 117, Mail Stop 111
Toledo, OH 43606
(419) 530-4905
(419) 530-2723 (fax)

http://www.physics.utoledo.edu

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Specialties for Degree Program

Research specialty Degree type
PhD
(Theoretical/Experimental)
Master's
(Final degree/Enroute to PhD)
Applied Physics Both Both
Astronomy Both Both
Astrophysics Both Both
Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics Both Both
Biophysics Experimental Both
Condensed Matter Physics Both Both
Energy Sources & Environment Both Both
Photovoltaics Both Both
Radiation oncology Experimental Both

Departmental Research and Staff

THEORETICAL

Astrophysics

Cosmochemistry; interstellar molecular gas; interstellar dust; spectroscopy, polarimetry, and theory of stellar winds, disks and envelopes; star formation; cluster evolution; radiation hydrodynamics; computational methods.
Lawrence Anderson-Huang, Jon Bjorkman, Karen Bjorkman, Jillian Bornak, Rupali Chandar, Michael Cushing, Steven Federman, S. Megeath, J. Smith, Adolf Witt

Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics

Theory of atomic structure and spectra, including high-performance computational techniques; quantum theories of two-atom, few-atom, and many-atom systems, including Bose-Einstein condensates; plasma discharges, atomic structure, Rydberg states, radioactive transitions, and photoionization; theory and design of optical integrated circuits, components, and devices.
Song Cheng, Larry Curtis, Robert Deck, David Ellis, Bo Gao

Condensed Matter Physics

Computational study of materials, surfaces and interfaces; disordered systems; non-equilibrium systems and thin-film growth; phase transition kinetics and thin-film photovoltaics; quantum many-atom systems.
Jacques Amar, Robert Collins, Alvin Compaan, Xunming Deng, Randall Ellingson, Michael Heben, Victor Karpov, Sanjay Khare, Scott Medling, Nikolas Podraza, Yanfa Yan

EXPERIMENTAL

Astronomy

Interstellar gas, molecular cloud chemistry, cosmochemistry, laboratory astrophysics; interstellar dust; light scattering, photoluminescence; stellar spectroscopy and polarimetry, Be stars, Herbig Ae/Be stars, circumstellar disks and envelopes; extragalactic star clusters, star formation; star formation, infrared and millimeter observations; extrasolar planet detection.
Lawrence Anderson-Huang, Jon Bjorkman, Karen Bjorkman, Rupali Chandar, Michael Cushing, Steven Federman, S. Megeath, J. Smith, Adolf Witt

Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics

Beam-foil spectroscopy; atomic lifetime measurements; ion-atom collisions, excitation/ionization, charge transfer, secondary emission of electrons from surfaces, photodetachment; semi-empirical techniques for structure of highly excited molecules and atoms; integrated optics and non-linear optics; spectroscopic ellipsometry and polarimetry.
Song Cheng, Robert Collins, Larry Curtis, Randall Ellingson, Steven Federman, Nikolas Podraza

Biophysics

DNA structure and bonding to cancer drugs, phase transitions in hyaluronic acid.
Scott Lee

Condensed Matter Physics

Photovoltaic materials and devices: amorphous silicon, CdTe/CdS, CuInGaS2/CdS, CZTS, PbS, and FeS2 nanocrystalline materials, low- and room-temperature deposition routes from solution sources; photoelectrochemical H2 generation; real time metrology; laser scribing of photovoltaic thin films.
Jacques Amar, Robert Collins, Alvin Compaan, Xunming Deng, Randall Ellingson, Michael Heben, Victor Karpov, Sanjay Khare, Scott Medling, Nikolas Podraza, Yanfa Yan

Medical, Health Physics

Applied accelerator-based physics; applications to radiation therapy. Radiation oncology (Health Science Campus): hyperbaric medicine; treatment of gastrointestinal cancer; radiation beam modeling with Monte Carlo simulation techniques, optimization in IMRT delivered external beam radiotherapy, stereotactic radiosurgery, intra-operative radiation therapy, and three-dimensional dosimetric analysis and quantitative bremsstrahlung SPECT imaging for gamma-emitting radiopharmaceuticals. Medical physics—diagnostic radiology: (Health Science Campus): Tomosynthesis imaging techniques in mammography, perfusion techniques for functional MRI and BOLD functional MRI, MR proton spectroscopy, diagnostic imaging system performance testing.
Song Cheng, Thomas Kvale, James Palmer

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