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Physics Faculty

Abdullatif Y. Hamad Abdullatif Y. Hamad,  Professor and interim chair
Office SE-0354    618-650-2472
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
  Associate Professor
Office SE-0322    618-650-2390
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: Predicting the enzymatic activity of proteases in silico, understanding drug ingress/egress in p450, and understanding the effects of phosphorization in Prospero.

Thomas M. Foster Thomas M. Foster,  Professor
Office SE-0316    618-650-3049
B.S., Ohio State University
M.S. and Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Physics and Astronomy Education.

Hernando Garcia Hernando Garcia,  Associate Professor
Office SE-0326    618-650-2474
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.

David H. Kaplan David H. Kaplan,  Associate Professor
Office SE-0308    618-650-2479
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 SE-0342    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,  Associate Professor
Office SE-0328    618-650-3148
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.

Supporting Staff

Barbara Jatcko Barbara Jatcko,  Office Support Specialist
Office SE-0358    618-650-2472
B.S. (Mass Communication, Elementary Education), SIUE
Travel, photography, science fiction.

Mark Patty

Mark Patty,  Instructor
Office SE-0312    618-650-2599
B.S. (Mathematics), University of Missouri, Columbia
B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. (Physics), University of Missouri, Columbia
Neutron scattering of liquid metals.

Katie Williams

Catherine "Katie" Williams,  Instructor
Office SE-0310    618-650-2362
B.S. (Physics), Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, VA
M.S. (Biophysics), Miami University, Oxford, OH
Taught physics and chemistry at several high schools.

Emeriti Faculty

Jack Glassman Jack Glassman, Emeritus Professor
Office SE-0356    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.

 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
Office SE-0306    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.

Revised 2018 Nov 9
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