Surfaces and interfaces with specialized properties: resistance to corrosion, reduced friction, High-quality superconducting or semiconducting thin films, UHV systems, physical and chemical adsorption, hydrogen transport, and UHV generation of atomic oxygen and hydrogen. Electron emission sources. (Brochure [pdf])
Modeling of biological systems far from equilibrium. Stochastic and nonlinear systems. Epidemic dynamics. Adaptive networks. (Brochure [pdf])
Systems Neuroscience Laboratory (Prof. Del Negro)
Cellular and synaptic mechanisms underlying breathing behavior; central pattern generators, intrinsic membrane properties and cellular neurophysiology, multi-photon and confocal laser-scanning microscopy, patch-clamp electrophysiology. (Brochure [pdf])
Mathematical aspects of cellular physiology and neuroscience. Whole cell models of intracellular calcium handling. Reaction-diffusion models of the buffered diffusion of intracellular calcium. The stochastic dynamics of calcium release sites composed of coupled intracellular calcium channels. Biophysically realistic modeling of neurons and neuronal networks. The role of feedback inhibition and electrical bursting in sensory relay by visual thalamus. Simulation and analysis of large-scale neuronal networks and large structured Markov chains. (Brochure [pdf])
Novel electronic and magnetic materials and devices, including diluted magnetic semiconductors, high-TC superconductors, and colossal magnetoresistance materials. Dynamical processes (electronic and vibrational) localized at interfaces and in the bulk at defects and impurities. Nonlinear optical techniques based on high-power femtosecond lasers. (Brochure [pdf])
Non-Invasive Medical Diagnostics. Structural Health Monitoring and Nondestructive Testing. On-line Manufacturing Process Control. Mobile Robotics Sensor Fusion. Standoff Security Screening. Signal Processing and Artificial Intelligence. Wave Propagation and Scattering Modelling. (Brochure [pdf])
Applied Surface Science (Prof. Kelley)
Materials science of solid surfaces and interfaces, their synthesis and chemical processes taking place there, especially photon-driven processes. Application and development of advanced surface and microanalysis approaches to gain mechanistic understanding.
Chemical physics: Solid state NMR theory and experiment. Structure and dynamics in disordered materials, including piezoelectric and ferroelectric perovskite ceramics, conducting polymers, and biologically relevant systems. Note to prospective students: Prof. Vold is retiring in May, and not taking on new graduate students.