Our goal is to design and develop novel techniques to capture images of physical phenomena. This includes the construction of optical arrangements that are sensitive to high-speed events, variations in phase, or changes in polarization (Prof. Chaloupka).
LIQUID CRYSTAL PHYSICS
We apply laser trapping and imaging techniques to study fundamental properties of liquid crystals and polymers and develop their photonic and electro-optic applications in biophysics nano-science and renewable energy. The research is conducted at CU Boulder (Prof. Sung).
NONLINEAR DYNAMICS & AUDIO DESIGN
We explore novel and established speaker designs and tools for live audio situations. We also study a wide range of topics in computational nonlinear dynamics (Dr. Semak).
PHYSICS AND ENGINEERING
ON BALLOON & ROCKET FLIGHTS
Student teams design, construct, and test small computer-interfaced payloads that are launched in Colorado on high-altitude balloons or launched on rockets from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. These projects are funded by NASA and the Colorado Space Grant Consortium (Prof. Walch).
Student performance on diagnostic tests can provide insight into the process of learning physics. Our analysis of such test results may lead to improved teaching practices (Profs. Adams, Dietz, Semak, Willis) - click here for recent presentation materials.
Students design, develop, and construct a variety of robots, including Odin, a large student-built rover that simulates remote-controlled, off-planet robots via internet-based programming (Dr. Semak).
ULTRAFAST & STRONG-FIELD PHYSICS
The interaction of very short and extremely intense laser pulses with matter is studied computationally. For example, the ionization of atoms is modeled utilizing a completely classical approach, yielding surprising agreement with experiment (Prof. Chaloupka).