Miguel Levy standing next to a research machine in photonics

Materials Physics

Explore the applications of novel materials and their electronic, optical, magnetic, chemical, and biological properties and applications. With a focus on the fundamentals of nanoscale materials and materials systems, researchers at Michigan Tech analyze both the theoretical and experimental branches of materials physics.

From zero- and one-dimensional nanomaterial fabrication to simulation of single-electron transport devices to identification of DNA strand sequences, materials physicists are at the forefront of many technological advances.

Faculty Areas of Interest
Theoretical condensed matter physics; Theory and modeling of single-electron transport devices; Modeling and simulation of properties of interfaces and interface materials; Atomistic computational physics of surface phases and surface dynamics; Crystal growth; Mineralogy of natural graphite
Photonics; Nonreciprocal Phenomena
Heteroepitaxial growth on compliant substrates; Fabrication, characterization, and properties of nanoscale layered structures; Integration of dissimilar materials through wafer bonding; The relationship between structural, optical, and electronic properties of heterostructures; Quantitative x-ray diffraction analysis; Materials Science curriculum development at all educational levels; The relationship between information and atoms
Modeling of Materials
Modeling Molecular Electronics Devices
Light-matter interactions and quantum optics on nanoscale platforms (i.e. nanostructures); Coherent and nonlinear processes in metal or semiconductor nanocavities; Time-resolved laser spectroscopy and nanofabrications
Condensed Matter Experiment (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance); NMR and NQR Engineering (Materials Detection)
Controlled synthesis of 0D, 1D, and 2D materials (Nanotubes, 2D layered materials, Nanowires, Quantum Dots, and their heterostructures, etc.).; Exploration of new functional nanomaterials, heterojunctions, heterostructures, nano-hybrids, and nano-systems.; Creative use of nanomaterials and nano-systems for advanced electronics, quantum switching, energy harvesting, enviromental, chemical and biomedical applications.

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