RESEARCH

Since re-opening the Bachelor of Science in Physics program in 2016, the Department of Physics has established 4 research groups catering the different research interests of its faculty.

 

COMPLEX SYSTEMS GROUP

The Complex Systems Group studies the emergence of collective behavior from the components of a system and their interactions.

We apply principles from the natural and social sciences to diverse fields such as physics education, opinion dynamics, sensory perception, text mining, and social networks

 

CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS GROUP

The Condensed Matter Research Group investigates on cooperative phenomena and diverse properties of condensed matter physics. Main topics of interest include semiconductor device physics, phase transitions, spin electronics, magnetism, thermoelectricity, percolation, superconductivity, and transport properties and quThe Condensed Matter Research Group investigates on cooperative phenomena and diverse properties of condensed matter physics. Main topics of interest include semiconductor device physics, phase transitions, spin electronics, magnetism, thermoelectricity, percolation, superconductivity, and transport properties and quantum phase transitions in low-dimensional mesoscopic and/or strongly correlated systems.antum phase transitions in low-dimensional mesoscopic and/or strongly correlated systems.

 

MATERIAL SCIENCE AND BIOPHYSICS GROUP

The Materials Science and Biophysics Group focuses on electrical and spectroscopic characterization of semiconductors and biomaterials. This group further investigates and characterizes underlying principles governing biological systems modeled with controlled complexity using novel and adapted tools in theoretical and experimental physics. Scientific results and outcomes are used and translated into clinical applications which contributes new knowledge relevant to the national economy. The research laboratory is used for preparation and synthesis of biological and soft matter samples, biomaterials, and semiconductors for biophysics research. Furthermore, spectroscopy and imaging techniques are used to probe the physical properties of biological media such as blood-biomaterial interactions and polymer networks.

The laboratory group employs an inter-disciplinary approach by collaborating with chemists, biologists, mathematicians, medical practitioners, and engineers.

 

SPACE ENVIRONMENT AND ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH GROUP

Our research deals with the study of space environment and the atmosphere using different space-based and ground-based systems. 

Currently, we focus on the use of global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) (e.g., GPS) to estimate ionospheric total electron content and study its response to geomagnetic and solar activities and its effects to radio wave propagation.  We also estimate tropospheric precipitable water vapor content using GNSS and compare it with hydrological and meteorological phenomena.

Earth observation using space and ground based remote sensing techniques is also being done in this group.