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Department of Physics

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Physics Faculty

Note:  The Physics faculty offices are located within the main Physics Office, room AH-3119 (see contacting the Physics Department).

Jack Glassman Jack Glassman,  Associate Professor and Department Chair
Office AH-3123    618-650-2035    jacglas@siue.edu
B.S., University of Arizona
M.S. and Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Experimental Physics:  Optics (classical and quantum), laser Physics, spectroscopy.  Currently investigating the application of nonlinear optical amplifiers to problems in Fourier optics.

Edward Ackad Edward Ackad,  Associate Professor
Office AH-3124    618-650-2390    eackad@siue.edu
B.S., Concordia University
Ph.D., York University
Computational/Theoretical Physics:  Ultra-intense light-matter interactions.  Currently investigating the classical and quantum response of clusters in ultra-intense laser pulses using HPC (including GPUs).  Other interests include computational models of other systems using HPC.
Biophysics: Investigating the drug resistivity different strains of the Hepatitis C Virus.

Thomas M. Foster Thomas M. Foster,  Professor
Office AH-3125    618-650-3049    tfoster@siue.edu
Lab SL-0229
B.S., Ohio State University
M.S. and Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Physics and Astronomy Education.

Hernando Garcia Hernando Garcia,  Associate Professor
Office AH-3127    618-650-2474    hgarcia@siue.edu
Lab SL-0215    618-650-2897
B.S., New Jersey Institute of Technology
M.S., Rutgers the State University of New Jersey, Piscataway
Ph.D., New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers the State University of New Jersey, Piscataway
Experimental Physics:  Nonlinear Optics, nonlinearities in optical fibers, supercontinuum generation and optical shock formation in optical fibers, dynamics of the coherent properties of optical pulses in fibers, ultrafast Spectroscopy.

Abdullatif Y. Hamad Abdullatif Y. Hamad,  Professor
Office AH-3122    618-650-2472    ahamad@siue.edu
Lab SL-0215    618-650-2897
B.S. and Ph.D., Oklahoma State University
Experimental Physics:  Optical properties of materials.  Materials for data storage and communication including novel glasses for laser-induced refractive index gratings; nonlinear optical properties of materials using laser techniques.

David H. Kaplan David H. Kaplan,  Associate Professor
Office AH-3126    618-650-2479    dkaplan@siue.edu
Lab SL-0232
B.A., New York University
M.S. and Ph.D., Cornell University
Experimental Physics:  Scintillating fibers and cosmic ray detection, in collaboration with a cosmic ray astrophysics group at Washington University (St. Louis).  Currently setting up a lab with students at SIUE to determine photon yields and attenuation properties of scintillating fibers of the sort planned for use in orbiting cosmic ray experiments.

Jeffrey A. Sabby Jeffrey A. Sabby,  Associate Professor
Office AH-3120    618-650-5326    jsabby@siue.edu
B.S. (Physics and Mathematics), University of Arkansas Fayetteville
M.A. and Ph.D. (Physics and Astronomy), University of Arkansas Fayetteville
Astronomy:  Current research on the theory of stellar evolution, especially on methods of testing the validity of its details.  Working as part of an international collaboration to determine accurate fundamental astrophysical data on stars in eclipsing binary and multiple star systems: orbital parameters, masses, radii, luminosities, and internal structure of the stars.  Another interest involves the development of automated telescopic observing systems, not only to further my own eclipsing binary and multiple star system research, but also to expand undergraduate student astronomical research.

Karen K. Vardanyan Karen K. Vardanyan,  Associate Professor
Office AH-3119A    618-650-3148    kvardan@siue.edu
Lab SL-0215    618-650-2897
B.S. (Physics), Yerevan State University, Armenia
M.S. (Material Sciences and Engineering), State Engineering University of Armenia
Ph.D. (Experimental Condensed Matter Physics), Institute of Applied Problems of Physics, National Academy of Sciences, Armenia
Experimental Physics:  Electro-optical properties and phase transitions of liquid crystal composite materials.

Mohammad S. Yousef Mohammad S. Yousef,  Associate Professor
Office AH-3121    618-650-3903    myousef@siue.edu
B.S. and M.S., Cairo University, Egypt
Ph.D., Florida State University
Biophysics:  Biophysical characterization and 3D structure determination of proteins involved in stem cell differentiation, enzymology, transcription regulation, carcinogenesis, and rational based drug design.  The main techniques used in my research include x-ray crystallography, molecular biology, biochemistry, molecular docking, and computational modeling.

Mark Patty

Mark Patty,  Instructor
Office AH-3101    618-650-2599    mpatty@siue.edu
Ph.D (Physics),  University of Missouri-Columbia
MS (Physics), University of Missouri - Columbia
BS (Physics), University of Missouri -Columbia
BS (Mathematics), University of Missouri - Columbia
Neutron scattering of liquid metals


Supporting Staff

Barbara Jatcko Barbara Jatcko,  Office Support Specialist
Office AH-3119    618-650-2472    bjatcko@siue.edu
B.S. (Mass Communication, Elementary Education), SIUE
Travel, photography, science fiction


Emeriti Faculty

Arthur J. Braundmeier Arthur J. Braundmeier,  Emeritus Professor
618-650-2472 (messages)    abraund@siue.edu
B.S., Eastern Illinois University
M.S. and Ph.D., University of Tennessee
Experimental Physics:  Optics; surface physics; thin films and their optical characteristics.

George A. Henderson George A. Henderson,  Emeritus Professor
618-650-2472 (messages)    ghender@siue.edu
B.S., M.S. and Ph.D., Georgetown University

Roger C. Hill Roger C. Hill,  Emeritus Professor
618-650-2472 (messages)    rhill@siue.edu
B.S. and Ph.D., California Institute of Technology
Theoretical Physics:  Mathematical physics; currently writing a textbook on senior-level quantum mechanics.

P. Narayana Swamy P. Narayana Swamy,  Emeritus Professor
618-650-2472 (messages)    pswamy@siue.edu
B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. (Theoretical Physics), Delhi University, India
Theoretical Physics:  Quantum field theory, S-matrix theory, Regge poles, relativistic bound-state problems, symmetries, current algebra, spontaneous symmetry breakdown, quantum electrodynamics, quantum chromodynamics, gauge theories, finite temperature field theory, superconductivity, quantum Hall effect, q-deformed oscillators, statistical mechanics, mathematical physics.


Revised 2017 May 15
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