Research

amriThe Department of Physics has active programs in both theoretical (computational) and experimental physics, and also participates in many exciting interdisciplinary research topics through the Advanced Materials Research Institute.

Research Areas

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduates are actively engaged in research in many of our laboratories. These can either be paid part-time positions or for research credit. Contact the individual professors to find out about opportunities.

Summer Research Opportunities

UNO is a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site, primarily focused on materials science and nanotechnology. 

The REU Site is affiliated with the interdisciplinary Advanced Materials Research Institute (AMRI) at UNO and faculty mentors come from the Departments of Chemistry, Physics, Biological Sciences, Psychology, and Mechanical Engineering.

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General research areas are listed Below, students are welcome to contact faculty for more information and possibilities.

  • Condensed Matte and Materials Physics
    At UNO, we study a variety of semiconducting, magnetic and superconducting materials and composites. Current, we have research programs in nanostructured magnetic composites and thin films, radio and microwave frequency properties of materials; spin-dependent transport and spintronics, simulation of magnetization processes and micromagnetic calculations. We also investigate the thermal and electrical transport in nanostructures and composites, particularly in materials used for thermoelectric and photovoltaic applications. [Malkinski, Spinu, Stokes, Zhou]
  • Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
    In addition to studying the basic properties of materials, we also investigate the applications of these nanometer-scale materials (nanoparticles, nanowires and thin films) to devices in information technology, ultra-high density recording media and magnetoresistive random access memories; microwave devices for wireless communications and smart sensors. [Malkinski, Spinu, Zhou]
  • Acoustics and Signal Processing
    UNO has research programs in underwater acoustics, marine mammal bioacoustics, acoustic modeling and simulation, wavelets and neural networks for sonar applications. We are also active in the related areas of deconvolution, digital filtering and spectral estimation, higher order correlations and spectra. [G. Ioup, J. Ioup]
  • Optics and Lasers
    We have active research in both theoretical and experimental optics including fiber optics, optical interactions with materials and surfaces, magneto-optics, and image analysis. [G. Ioup, A. Puri, K. Stokes]
  • Geophysics
    Geophysical research areas include seismic inversion, seismic data processing and deconvolution, electromagnetic methods in geophysics, fluid dynamics and ocean circulation modeling. [E. Coelho, J. Ioup, G. Ioup, G. Peggion]
  • Astrophysics
    Astrophysical research at UNO is concerned with modeling and simulation of interstellar dust and shock waves as well as optical and ultraviolet observations of the interstellar medium. [G. Seab]

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