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DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS, STATISTICS, AND PHYSICS

Research

Trustees Distinguished Professor James C. Ho
  • Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1966

His basic research interest extends from low-temperature calorimetry, superconductivity and magnetism to nano-science/technology. Through extensive collaborations and an interdisciplinary approach, he also conducts applied research on superconducting magnets, MRI-compatible aneurysm clips for neurosurgery and ground freezing by liquid nitrogen in tunnel and other construction projects. Overall, he has published one book and 210 journal articles, and presented 189 papers at national or international conferences."


Professor Elizabeth C. Behrman
  • Ph.D. University of Illinois Urban-Champaign, 1985

Her research is primarily in theoretical quantum computing, quantum information, and quantum control, with some focus also in the area of theoretical and computational condensed matter and materials physics. In this work, she is collaborating with colleagues in Mathematics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, and Chemistry, both at WSU and other universities.


Professor Hussein H. Hamdeh
  • Ph.D. Northeastern University, 1986

His research in experimental condensed matter focuses on magnetic materials in different forms and states. These systems include bulk, nano-size particles, and thin films of soft and hard magnets, ferrites, and magnetic oxides. Other interests include nano-particle catalyst. The primary techniques for studying these materials are magnetic susceptibility and Mössbauer spectroscopy in high magnetic fields and at temperatures ranging from 4.2 to 1000 K. The goal of his work is to correlate the physical magnetic properties to the state of materials and the size growth of nano-scale particles. Dr. Hamdeh has published over 70 articles and presented an equal number of papers at national or international conferences.


Professor Nickolas Solomey
  • Ph.D. University of Geneva, 1992

His research is in the area of experimental particle, nuclear, and astroparticle physics, particularly on quark flavor physics by rare decays of hadrons, CP violation, neutrino oscillation, the study of nuclear states of matter and cosmic ray physics. He is currently the co-spokesman of the Fermilab E907 experiment. He is also author of the book The Elusive Neutrino, editor of the Conference series on Hyperon, Charm and Beauty Hadrons, and has over 180 referred articles in physics research. Current experiments include MIPP, NOvA and cosmic-ray R&D.


Associate Professor Jason Ferguson
  • Ph.D. University of Kentucky, 1997

His interests are in the area of low temperature astrophysics, including the modeling of molecular spectra and dust physics. These studies include spectral simulations of the atmospheres of cool red giant stars and the computation of low temperature opacity tables. He computes tables of low temperature opacity for a variety of stellar compositions and conditions used by dozens of stellar evolution modelers around the world.


Associate Professor Syed Taher
  • Ph.D. Washington State University, 1974

His research interests are in experimental solid state physics, as well as biophysics. Presently he is studying electrical and thermal transport properties and magnetic properties of semiconductors. In this work he is using single crystal rare-earth sesquisulfides which have become model substances for coordinated optical, magnetic and thermoelectric experiments and which serve as interesting models for ionic semiconductors.


Assistant Professor Holger Meyer
  • Ph.D. Virginia Tech  University, 2002

His research interests are in experimental particle, astro-particle and nuclear physics. He has measured cross sections and polarization variables in pion photo-production on nucleons near production threshold (few hundred MeV) in the LEGS experiment at Brookhaven National Laboratory and cross sections of hadronic beams of 5 to 120 GeV on protons and nuclear targets in the MIPP experiment at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Dr. Meyer’s measurements improve the understanding of QCD, the theory of the strong force. His measurements on the MIPP experiment also provide important input to reduce systematic uncertainties in Neutrino experiments. Dr. Meyer is also working on the NOvA experiment that detects in Northern Minnesota a beam of particles that is produced near Chicago, Illinois, in order to study the properties of these neutrinos.