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Faculty and Staff - Physics and Astronomy

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Faculty and Staff Listing

Joe Amato
Professor of Physics, Emeritus

Tony Aveni
Russell Colgate Distinguished University Professor of Astronomy and Anthropology and Native American Studies, Emeritus
P: 315-228-7214

Thomas Balonek
Professor of Physics and Astronomy
407 Ho Science Center
P: 315-228-7767

Jeff Bary
Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy
409 Ho Science Center
P: 315-228-7693

Patrick Crotty
Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy; Chair, Department of Physics & Astronomy
411 Ho Science Center
P: 315-228-6617

Kiko Galvez
Charles A. Dana Professor of Physics and Astronomy
314 Ho Science Center
P: 315-228-7205

Charlie Holbrow
Charles A. Dana Professor of Physics, Emeritus

Cosmin Ilie
304B Ho Science Center
P: 315-228-6184

Diane Janney
Administrative Assistant
331 Ho Science Center
P: 315-228-7226

Behzad Khajavi
Graduate Research Student; Research Affiliate
Ho Science Center
P: 315-228-6069

Jonathan Levine
Associate Professor of Physics
132 Ho Science Center
P: 315-228-6632

Rebecca Metzler
Associate Professor of Physics
230 Ho Science Center
P: 315-228-6025

Beth Parks
Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy
315 Ho Science Center
P: 315-228-7208

John Roller
Laboratory Instructor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy
Ho Science Center

Ken Segall
Professor of Physics
317 Ho Science Center
P: 315-228-6597

Walter Tangarife Garcia
Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics
410 Ho Science Center
P: 315-228-6084

Linda Tseng
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Physics
334 Ho Science Center
P: 315-228-7095

Hans Wrage
Teaching and Research Support Specialist
116 Ho Science Center
P: 315-228-7654

Research Areas

This work is done under the direction of professors Thomas Balonek and Jeff Bary. It involves experimental research in a few areas:
  • Quasar variability
  • Astronomical techniques
  • Archaeoastronomy
  • Astrophysics

Atomic and Optical Physics
This work is done under the direction of Professor Enrique J. Galvez. It involves experimental research in a few areas:
  • Atomic physics with Rydberg atoms
  • Optical physics
  • Physics education
  • Photon quantum mechanics

Condensed Matter Physics
Professor Beth Parks studies condensed matter physics. Two major recent projects include:
  • Using terahertz spectroscopy to learn about the properties of single-molecule magnets
  • Studying the conductivity of carbon nanotubes.
Low Temperature/Solid State Physics
Professor Joseph C. Amato directs this research program aimed at studying the electrical resistance of thin films as a function of temperature and magnetic field. There are two components to this work:
  • Preparing thin film metallic samples and studying their superconducting properties.
  • Patterning the surface of the thin films.

Physics Education
Members of the department have been involved in the following educational projects:
  • Modernizing the introductory physics sequence
  • Creating new laboratories for the introductory physics courses
  • Designing new undergraduate experiments on photon quantum mechanics