Dr. Allred's research includes thin film deposition and characterization, optical properties of materials, microfabrication using infiltration of carbon nanotube forests to make nanocomposite materials, space science; and special multifunction mirrors for the spacecraft instruments. Dr. Allred is a part of the BYU Mars Research Group.
Dr. Bergeson is an experimental atomic physicist with extensive experience in lasers, optics, instrumentation, precision measurements, spectroscopy, biophotonics, and computer interfacing. Dr. Bergeson uses lasers to cool and trap atoms, make plasmas, measure atomic transition wavelengths, and detect biomolecules.
Dr. Durfee's primary research focus is ion interferometry. Dr. Durfee is working to produce a laser-cooled beam of strontium-87 atoms. This atomic beam will then be ionized and then accelerated across an electrostatic potential.Then the quantum waves of each ion will be split and recombined with three ultraviolet laser beams. Dr. Durfee also conducts research on atom interferometry. In his lab, students use optical interferometry to measure prism deflection angles with an accuracy of 0.0003 degrees.
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Dr. Ellsworth leads the Nuclear Astrophysics Laboratory. Dr. Ellsworth is investigating how condensed matter can catalyze the fusion of deuterium (d-d) and deuterium with heavier atoms (d-Z). His research also includes use of high-resolution neutron spectrometry.
Dr. Peatross researches the fundamental quantum behavior of light emission from free electrons. He also studies optical wave propagation, laser-generated high-order harmonics, and radiometric levitation of small particles in a laser. In a recent project, he examined the interaction between photons and electron wave packets.
Dr. Reese specializes in nuclear physics. His focus is neutron detector development. In 2016, he was a co-author of a collaborative project examining weather and atmospheric phenomena and how they relate to mental health.
Dr. Turley specializes in extreme ultraviolet optics and thin films. His research group uses the Advanced Light Source at Lawrence Berkeley Lab for some of their research. Dr. Turley has served as chair of the department and associate dean of undergraduate education for the university.
Dr. Michael Ware came to BYU after working at the national Institute of Standards and Technology in the quantum optics metrology group where he helped develop standards for calibrating single-photon detectors. His research specialty is optics, including both ultra-high-intensity laser physics and quantum optics.