Faculty

Richard Bradley / Professor / Preferred Name: Mark Bradley 
Phone: (970) 491-5735
Office: Engineering D215

My research centers on the nanoscale patterns that develop spontaneously when a solid surface is bombarded with a broad ion beam. These patterns include ordered arrays of nanodots and surface ripples with wavelengths as short as 10 nm. From a more mathematical standpoint, I study self-organization in systems driven far from equilibrium as well as solitons and shockwaves.

Samuel Brewer / Assistant Professor
Phone: (970) 491-6647
Office: D111

My research focus is on high-precision laser spectroscopy of trapped highly charged ions for tests of fundamental physics. Highly charged ions provide a unique platform for investigating physics beyond the standard model including tests of quantum electrodynamics and searches for time-variation of the fundamental constants. We plan to combine techniques developed for quantum information processing and ion optical clocks with compact ion sources to create, trap, cool, and interrogate highly charged ions.

Kristen Buchanan / Associate Professor
Phone: (970) 491-5424
Office: Engineering D219

My research explores lateral confinement and coupling effects in nanomagnets through both experimental investigations and numerical modeling. In addition to being an exciting subject of study from a fundamental perspective, nanomagnets are also important for the advancement of technology, for example, in spintronics devices, storage media, and for medical applications. My present work focuses on the magnetization reversal and spin excitations of patterned magnetic elements.

Norm Buchanan / Associate Professor
Phone: (970) 491-6192
Office: Engineering D119

My research interests are focused on high-energy (particle) physics, specifically related to neutrino physics and particle astrophysics. My group is involved in the measurement of neutrino interactions with the NOvA experiment as well as detector development and computing projects for DUNE. I also have a strong interest in high-performance computing in high-energy physics and I am a member of the SciDAC4 HEP Data Analytics Collaboration.

Hua Chen / Assistant Professor
Phone: (970) 491-5829
Office: Engineering D1

We are a theoretical group interested in a broad range of topics in condensed matter and materials physics, in particular novel spin-orbit coupling effects in magnetism, superconductivity, and topological phenomena.

Debra Dandaneau /
Phone: (970) 491-7809
Office: Engineering D107

My focus is in undergraduate student success. I develop tools for, collect data on, and analyze statistics of undergraduate student success -- both at the department level and as part of the assessment team at TILT (The Institute for Learning and Teaching). At the department level, I develop advising and recruitment materials, and I advise undergraduate students on their transition to the major.

Jose de la Venta Granda / Assistant Professor
Phone: (970) 491-5680

Richard Eykholt / Associate Professor
Phone: (970) 491-7366
Office: Engineering D103

My research has been in theoretical and mathematical physics, and its main focus has been on chaos and nonlinear dynamics. On the more formal side, I have developed new tools for analyzing nonlinear systems. On the more applied side, I have collaborated on research in atmospheric science, particularly with regard to predictability, spin waves in magnetic systems, and hydrology and streamflows.

William Fairbank Jr / Professor
Phone: (970) 491-6660
Office: Engineering D117

Stuart Field / Associate Professor
Phone: (970) 491-3773
Office: Engineering D209

My research is in the area of superconductivity, with a special emphasis on direct imaging of superconducting vortices and allied phenomena. Using scanning Hall probe microscopy, we are currently studying the dynamics of vortices in superconducting films that have an artificially structured periodic thickness modulation. We are also investigating phase-slip events in superconducting nanowire, again using imaging techniques to understand the relationship between local phase-slip dynamics and the microstructure of the wires.

Martin Gelfand / Associate Professor
Phone: (970) 491-5263
Office: Engineering D217

Emily Hardegree-Ullman / Assistant Professor and Director of the Madison-Macdonald Observatory
Phone: (970) 491-8265
Office: Engineering D213

My focus is on astronomy and physics education. I teach introductory courses and engage the community with public outreach events sponsored by the Madison-Macdonald Observatory.

John Harton / Professor
Phone: (970) 491-6372
Office: Engineering D203

Brian Jones / Master Instructor and Director of Little Shop of Physics
Phone: (970) 491-5131
Office: Engineering AR209

My focus is on education and outreach. The outreach activities I pursue through the Little Shop of Physics dovetail nicely with my formal education responsibilities. Figuring out how to design instructional experiences that engage and educate younger students teaches me and my team valuable lessons about how to best engage and educate students at Colorado State University.

David Krueger / Professor
Phone: (970) 491-7381
Office: Engineering D121

Michael Mooney / Assistant Professor
Phone: (970) 491-5870
Office: Engineering D105

My research has been focused on understanding how to utilize the LArTPC (Liquid Argon Time Projection Chamber) technology for precision neutrino physics, with an emphasis on detector calibration and R&D of cryogenic electronics. I am participating in several LArTPC accelerator neutrino experiments, namely MicroBooNE (Micro Booster Neutrino Experiment), the SBN (Short-Baseline Neutrino) program, and DUNE (Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment), all of which utilize neutrino beams produced at Fermilab near Chicago, Illinois. The physics goals of these experiments include searching for a hypothetical particle known as a "sterile neutrino" and determining if neutrinos are responsible for the matter-antimatter asymmetry in the universe.

Jacob Roberts / Professor and Department Chair
Phone: (970) 491-0578
Office: Engineering AR124

I have two areas of research interest. We are conducting experiments measuring fundamental plasma properties such as electron-ion collisions in strongly coupled and strongly magnetized ultracold plasmas. In a separate project, we are measuring the time-dependent absorption and birefringent response of atoms in an utracold gas to sudden laser illumination that occurs on timescales short compared to the atoms' response time.

Kathryn Ross / Assistant Professor
Phone: (970) 491-5370
Office: Engineering D207

Materials that host strongly interacting electrons can lead to new emergent phenomena, such as unusual particles with exotic properties that can only exist within these materials. Our work focuses on synthesizing and characterizing materials in which the spin degrees of freedom of the electrons lead to this kind of emergence. We use the concept of frustration (competition between different interactions) to design materials that host new quantum phases of matter, such as Quantum Spin Liquid states, which ideally will also host new emergent particles. We use inelastic neutron scattering, specific heat, magnetization, and ultrasound spectroscopy to characterize these materials.

James Sites / Professor
Phone: (970) 491-5850
Office: Engineering AR119

My research focus is on polycrystalline thin-film solar cells, primarily CdTe-based cells fabricated at CSU. Ares of particular interest are the relationship of electronic band structure to photovoltaic efficiency, the effect of defects at interfaces and grain boundaries, and the optics of multilayer solar cells.

Walter Toki / Professor
Phone: (970) 491-1548
Office: Engineering D201

My research is with the T2K neutrino experiment in Japan that first observed the muon type neutrino oscillation into the electron type neutrino. Our CSU group members designed, built and operated neutrino detectors, analyzed T2K data and published neutrino and antineutrino cross sections. Currently, the T2K collaboration is studying antineutrino oscillations that indicate charge-parity (CP) violation.

Robert Wilson / Professor
Phone: (970) 491-5033
Office: Engineering D205

My current research interest is experimental neutrino physics including a search for sterile neutrinos, which cannot be produced or detected by any interaction but only come into being through a quantum mixing phenomenon. I enjoy teaching and exploring new methodologies such as the use of electronic response systems in the classroom and tutorial style homework problems.

Mingzhong Wu / Professor
Phone: (970) 491-6312
Office: Engineering D9

Mingzhong Wu is interested in many topics in the field of magnetism and magnetic materials. His current research areas include ferromagnetic resonance, magnetic damping, spin-wave solitons, chaotic spin waves, spin pumping, spin-orbit torques, and topological insulators.

Dylan Yost / Assistant Professor
Phone: (970) 491-7751
Office: Engineering D3

My research focus is on precision spectroscopy of atomic hydrogen. Generally speaking, such experiments help determine the Rydberg constant, stringently test QED, and measure the RMS charge radius of the proton and deuteron. My group is particularly focused on new techniques to control the velocity of hydrogen, which we hope will lead to decreases in measurement uncertainty.

Emeritus Faculty

Roger Culver / Professor Emeritus
Phone: (970) 491-5870
Office: Engineering 0105

Hans Hochheimer / Professor Emeritus
Phone: (970) 491-6246
Office: Engineering AR 124

Sanford Kern / Professor Emeritus
Phone: (970) 491-6192
Office: Engineering 27

Siu Au Lee / Professor Emeritus
Phone: (970) 491-6389
Office: Engineering D109

Robert Leisure / Professor Emeritus
Phone: (970) 491-5370
Office: Engineering D001

Stephen Lundeen / Professor Emeritus
Phone: (970) 491-6647
Office: Engineering D111

Carl Patton / Professor Emeritus
Phone: (970) 581-6710
Office: Engineering AR 128

Raymond Robinson / Professor Emeritus
Phone: (970) 491-7809
Office: Engineering D107

Chiaoyao She / Professor
Office: Engineering D119

Staff

Alicia Armentrout / Business Officer and Operations Manager
Phone: (970) 491-7948

Sheila Ferguson / Little Shop of Physics Teacher in Residence
Phone: (970) 491-3212

Jay Jablonski / Research Associate I
Phone: (970) 491-6030
Office: Engineering 28

Patrick Lindsell / Director of Video Production

Kenneth Lonnquist / Lab Coordinator
Phone: (970) 491-2540
Office: Engineering E 208

Kristin McLaughlin / Grad School Coordinator and HR Liaison
Phone: (970) 491-6207

Heather Michalak / Little Shop of Physics Assistant Director
Phone: (970) 491-5074

Amber Paquelet / Undergraduate Coordinator

Adam Pearlstein / Little Shop of Physics Assistant Director
Phone: (970) 205-9302

David Warner / Research Associate IV
Phone: (970) 491-1035
Office: Engineering E10A

Research Staff

Steven Calvez / Postdoctoral Fellow

Jen Drayton / Research Associate III
Phone: (970) 491-6553

David Fairbank / Research Associate III

Shihkai Lin / Postdoctoral Fellow

Chuanpu Liu / Postdoctoral Fellow

Tahir Tahir / Postdoctoral Fellow

Graduate Students

Christopher Ard / Graduate Assistant

Ryan Baker / Graduate Assistant

Jinjun Ding / Graduate Assistant

Derek Doyle / Graduate Assistant

Jamie Dyer / Graduate Assistant

Evan Folk / Graduate Assistant

Matt Hogan / Graduate Assistant

Alec Iverson / Graduate Assistant

Jess Jarosz / Graduate Assistant

Pascal Jundt / Graduate Assistant

Lane Kashur / Graduate Assistant

Ryan LaZur / Graduate Assistant

Kevin Loew / Graduate Assistant

Daniel Shaw / Graduate Assistant

Chris Slone / Graduate Assistant

James Todd / Graduate Assistant

Trey Wager / Graduate Assistant

Hanchen Wang / Graduate Assistant

Mark Watkins / Graduate Assistant
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Theo Wecker / Graduate Assistant

Luke Wernert / Graduate Assistant

Adam Whitney / Graduate Assistant

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