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Department of Physics

Faculty and Staff


Abdullatif Y. Hamad Abdullatif Y. Hamad,  Professor and Department Chair
Office SL-2315    618-650-2472
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.
Edward Ackad Edward Ackad,  Assistant Professor
Office SL-2319    618-650-2390
B.S., Concordia University, Ottawa
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.
Thomas M. Foster  Thomas M. Foster,  Professor
Office SL-2313    618-650-3049
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 SL-2316    618-650-2474
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.
Jack Glassman Jack Glassman,  Associate Professor
Office SL-2318    618-650-2035
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.
David H. Kaplan David H. Kaplan,  Associate Professor
Office SL-2317    618-650-2479
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 SL-2312    618-650-5326
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,  Assistant Professor
Office SL-2336    618-650-3148
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,  Assistant Professor
Office SL-2314    618-650-3903
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.


Supporting Staff

Robbin A. Butler Robbin A. Butler,  Office Support Specialist
Office SL-2331    618-650-2472
Interests:  Baking.
James R. Votsmier James R. Votsmier,  Laboratory Specialist and Lecturer
Office SL-1222    618-650-2362
A.S., Lincoln Land Community College
B.S. and M.S., Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
Amanda M. Truong Amanda M. Truong,  Instructor
Office SL-2335    618-650-2599
B.S. (Applied Mathematics), University of Missouri, St. Louis
M.S. (Physics), University of Missouri, St. Louis
Ph.D. (Physics), Missouri University of Science and Technology




Emeriti Faculty

Richard R. Boedeker Richard R. Boedeker,  Emeritus Professor
B.S., M.S. and Ph.D., Saint Louis University
Arthur J. Braundmeier Arthur J. Braundmeier,  Emeritus Professor
618-650-2472 (messages)
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)
B.S., M.S. and Ph.D., Georgetown University
Roger C. Hill Roger C. Hill,  Emeritus Professor
618-650-2472 (messages)
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)
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.

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Revised:  Feb 17, 2014
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