Branton J. Campbell
Dr. Campbell applies the latest x-ray and neutron scattering techniques to study local and long-range structures in a variety of complex solids, including fast-ion conductors, ferroelectric relaxors, high-temperature superconductors, and colossal magnetoresistive manganites. One of his current research interest is group-theoretical analysis of structural order parameters arising from phase transitions at commensurate or incommensurate wave vectors.
Dr. Chesnel investigates the magnetic behavior of nanosystems, such as magnetic nanoparticles and very thin magnetic films. Dr. Chesnel is interested in characterizing the spatio-temporal behaviors of magnetic nanostructures and their responses to external stresses, such as cooling/heating and magnetic field history. She use various magnetometry and imaging tools in the lab as well as synchrotron radiation to investigate these phenomena.
Dr. Colton specializes in the optical investigation of semiconductors and various semiconductor nanostructures. Some of the properties he measures are spin lifetimes, photoluminescence, and band gap energies. Electron spin lifetimes have particularly interesting applications to the field of quantum computing.
Dr. Davis focuses on nanoscale science, with an emphasis on carbon nanotubes and their respective uses. In his research, Dr. Davis uses chemically synthesized and biologically derived nanostructures as templates for self-aligned assembly of micro- and nanoscale optical, mechanical, and electrical devices.
Dr. Hart's research foci include high-throughput computational materials science; development of algorithms for alloy modeling, thermodynamic simulations, lattice-configuration enumeration; and compressive sensing for building physical models. Dr. Hart is currently serving as an associate dean for the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences.
Dr. Hess specializes in computational condensed matter physics. His research includes the calculation of electronic structure and excitations in low-dimensional systems and nanostructures.
Dr. Mark Transtrum researches theoretical and computational complex systems. The focuses of his research include differential geometry and sloppy models, the model manifold and hyper-ribbons, sloppy curvature, and model reduction.
Dr. Vanfleet researches atomic and near atomic scale studies of materials by transmission electron microscopy. Dr. Vanfleet attempts to determine in as direct observational way as possible the way materials actually chose to arrange themselves. He is interested in the structural arrangement of atoms as well as the elemental and bonding arrangements of atoms within nanometer scale features of the sample.