Research Groups

Astronomy

The structure and evolution of close binary stars; multifrequency variations of quasars, blazars, and other types of AGNs; the formation and evolution dwarf galaxies. Member of the Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy (SARA, http://www.astro.fit.edu/sara/sara.html).

Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics

Research topics include quantum state manipulation of atoms and photons, cavity quantum electrodynamics, atomic coherence and interference, light manipulation of neutral atoms, and nonlinear laser spectroscopic measurements.

Biophysics

Theoretical and computational studies of protein folding, protein-chromophore interactions, protein—protein interactions, and protein aggregation; mathematical modeling of infectious diseases; experimental studies of temporal processing in the human eye.

Condensed Matter Physics

Theoretical and experimental investigations of the electronic, magnetic and optical properties of thin films and nanomaterials, transition metal compounds, surfaces and metal-semiconductor interfaces.

Nuclear Physics Experiment

Exploration of the quark and gluon substructure of matter at accelerators throughout the world including the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility.

Medium Energy Nuclear Theory

Weak interactions of particles, nuclear astrophysics, nuclear reactions, and lattice field theory of Quantum Chromodynamics; the physics of economic systems.

Neuroimaging and Medical Physics

The Neuroimaging and Medical Physics Group investigates the functional and structural organization of the human brain using magnetic resonance imaging. Research includes studies of healthy and abnormal brain function associated with mental health disorders, such as schizophrenia, depression, and bipolar disorder.

Plasma Physics Experiment

Focus on studying plasma instabilities, through fast ion loss diagnostics, for magnetically confined plasmas

Particle Physics Experiment

Exploration of matter, energy and the physics of the standard model and beyond; member of the Compact Muon Solenoid collaboration, one of two general purpose experiments at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

Physics Education Research

The FIU Physics Education Research Group conducts a coordinated program of research, curriculum development, and, instruction to improve the teaching and learning of physics.