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Department of Physics. Physics Department The University of Texas at Arlington. 21 Full Faculty , Two Full Time Lecturers 52 Graduate Students (Ph.D. and MS) 20 Senior Researchers and Post-Docs 11 Full Time Technical and Clerical Staff. Department of Physics. Degrees:. B.A., Physics

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department of physics
Department of Physics

Physics Department

The University of Texas at Arlington

  • 21 Full Faculty, Two Full Time Lecturers
  • 52 Graduate Students (Ph.D. and MS)
  • 20 Senior Researchers and Post-Docs
  • 11 Full Time Technical and Clerical Staff
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Department of Physics


  • B.A., Physics
  • B.S., Physics
  • M.S., Physics
  • Ph.D., Physics and Applied Physics
over 6 million per year in federally funded research
Over $6 Million per year in Federally Funded Research

Research Areas:

  • High Energy Physics
  • Astrophysics/Space Physics
  • Condensed Matter Experiment
    • Nano-magnetic Materials
    • Nano-bio Materials
    • Nano-bio Optics
    • Surface Physics
  • Condensed Matter Theory
    • Modeling of Nano-Materials
    • Modeling of Surfaces
high energy physics drs yu de brant white jackson and farbin
High Energy Physics: Drs. Yu, De, Brant, White, Jackson, and Farbin



Geneva Airport



LHC @ CERN Aerial View

UTA Physics Department

fermilab tevatron and lhc at cern






FermilabTevatron and LHC at CERN
  • World’s Highest Energy p-p collider
    • 27km circumference, 100m underground
    • Design Ecm=14 TeV (=44x10-7J/p 362M Joules on the area smaller than 10-6m2)
    • Equivalent to the kinetic energy of a B727 (80tons) at the speed 193mi/hr 312km/hr
      • ~300M times the energy density at the ground 0 of the Hiroshima atom bomb
  • First 7TeV collisions on 3/30/10  The highest energy humans ever achieved!!
    • Just completed a successful run this year!
  • World’s Highest Energy proton-anti-proton collider
    • 4km circumference
    • Ecm=1.96 TeV (=6.3x10-7J/p 13M Joules on the area smaller than 10-4m2)
    • Equivalent to the kinetic energy of a 20t truck at the speed 81mi/hr 130km/hr
      • ~100,000 times the energy density at the ground 0 of the Hiroshima atom bomb
    • Was shut down at 2pm CDT, Sept. 30, 2011
      • Other parts of the complex is still running!!

UTA Physics Department

recent excitement hint of the higgs
Recent Excitement: Hint of the Higgs

These red lines show how the LHC's Atlas experiment registered the arrival of four particles called muons. They could have been the byproducts of a short-lived Higgs boson--or they could have been more humdrum events. CERN's LHC particle accelerator will continue smashing protons into each other to spot the statistical significance that means the Higgs really has been found. (Credit: CERN)

UTA Physics Department


Search for extra-solar planets – Musielak and Cuntz

X-ray telescope image of supernova - Park

x ray astronomy supernova remnants
X-ray Astronomy Supernova Remnants

Study of Supernova Remnants

~1-10 M deg hot gas: Observations using

X-ray space telescopes (e.g., Chandra).

Studies of

Supernova (SN) nucleosynthesis

Chemical composition and

Density structure of interstellar medium

Cosmic-ray acceleration by SN shock

Nature of neutron stars

Neutron star

Size ~17 pc ~ 57 light year

Distance ~ 6 kpc ~ 20000 light year

Size ~0.3 pc ~ 1 light year

Assist. Prof. Sangwook Park

UTA Physics Department


Space Physics




Solar Wind

Professor Ramon Lopez

Ionosphere/Thermosphere Processes

Assist. Prof. Yue Deng

condensed matter experiment
Condensed Matter Experiment
  • Internationally recognized in nano-magnetism, positron physics, structure of actinides, fullerenes, photonic materials.
  • Extensive funding, including multi-million dollar, multi-year DARPA and (2005 ) MURI grant awards for nano-structured magnetic materials.

Prof. Koymen

Prof. Sharma

Prof. Weiss

Prof. Sharma

Assist. Prof. Mohanty

Prof. Liu

Assoc. Prof. Chen


The Smallest Permanent Magnets – Drs Liu & Koymen

We are able to produce world smallest permanent magnets down to 3 nm with large magnetic force!

Ferromagnetic nanoparticles (single domain and single crystal) have coercivity up to 3 Tesla!

UTA Physics Department

nanodiamond and electro optic materials

Diamond NPs grown


chemical vapor deposition

Nanodiamond and electro-optic materials

Looking at diamond nanoparticles (size ~ 10-100 nm) with advanced tools of nanotechnology

Professor Suresh C Sharma

Using lasers to synthesize

electro-optic materials with sub-micron scale periodic variations in refractive index used for advanced optical devices


Nanotechnology For Health Care

and Homeland Security – Dr. Chen

UTA Physics Department


Advanced Biophotonics

  • Therapeutic control
  • - Photothermaltherapy(gene delivery, damage cancer)
  • Optogenetics(vision restoration, pain inhibition)
  • DNA damage-repair (aging, new pathways )
  • Nerve injury-repair (screening new molecules for regeneration)
  • Manipulation and imaging
  • Optical tweezers (disease diagnosis, force sensing)
  • Laser spanner (optofluidics, neuronal guidance)
  • Optical stretcher (cellular biomechanics)
  • Laser scissors (nano-surgery,)
  • Digital holographic microscopy (refractive index measurement)

UTA Physics Department




Scattering state


“Secondary Electron”



Virtual photon

Incident positrons


Vacuum Level

Vacuum Level





Direct trapping in the surface state potential well

Energy available

to an electron at fermi level

Valence Band

E AMQS = E1 - E2 - φ-

Surface potential

Figure1.Schematics of AMQS processa,b, (a)The slow positrons may be directly trapped in the surface state resulting in the release of an electron with the residual energy (b) the energy band diagram showing the Auger like transition where the incident positron drops down to fill an empty state while simultaneously kicking out a secondary electron.

condensed matter theory
Condensed Matter Theory

Positron trapped at Si 7x7 surface

Modeled Nano-structures

Theory prediction of new double walled SiC nanostructures


Materials discovery “by design”

Application of Electronic Structure Theory to Materials in Renewable Energy

Complex quantum mechanical calculations to understand the Physics of materials.

  • Research Topics:
  • Materials discovery for Renewable Energy technology.
  • Nano-structures for future electronics and nano-technology.
  • Physics for flexible electronics, which can be folded or deformed like paper.

Assist. Prof. Huda



Flexible nano-structures.

Research are done in collaboration of National Renewable Energy Laboratory.