Optics & Materials Physics
The optics and materials group offers courses on the cutting edge of science and technology and conducts research on nanomaterials, photonics, and magnetism. The faculty and students are developing novel nanostructured materials (e.g., fractal composites, highly correlated electron systems, semiconductor quantum wells and quantum dots) for next-generation technologies and studying these materials using a variety of experimental and theoretical tools. The group is well equipped for modern research, with major in-house experimental equipment including ultrafast lasers, scanning probe microscopes, electron microscopes, mass spectrometers, an x-ray spectrometer, and a photoemission spectrometer. Computing facilities include numerous PCs, and the campus mainframe computers. The group's research is supported by various federal agencies (National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Defense, etc.) and two national laboratories in the New Mexico State: Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories. In addition to the in-house research, the group conducts collaborative research programs with these two national laboratories, where some of our graduate students are doing their dissertation research. The Optics & Materials group interacts frequently with The Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Department of Chemistry, which provide additional research and education programs in optics and materials on the campus.