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Reducing materials to the nanoscale (10-9 m) alters their electronic and physical properties, as well as their functionality. Nanoscience has implications for a variety of new physical phenomenaand potential for a host of applications in medicine, security, renewable energy and information technology.
Nanoscale science is an interdisciplinary endeavor and at WVU the physics department is an integral part of the WVNano Initiative. In the department we have research programs on nanoscale magnetic and spin devices, nanophotonic materials, novel quantum phenomena of films and interfaces, energy and bionanotechnology.

Nanoscale science groups has access to in-house and campus-wide growth facilities for films and nanoparticles, as well as fabrication facilities to convert nanomaterials into devices. Growth facilities include molecular beam epitaxy and chemical synthesis of nanoparticle. In-house fabrication includes electron beam lithography and etching. Nanoscience groups also have access to x-ray diffraction, magnetometry and scanning electron microscopy, as well as state-of-the-art imaging systems such as atomic force and scanning tunneling microscopies. Optical characterization includes linear optical spectroscopy, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, ellipsometry, as well as ultrafast and nonlinear optical techniques. This effort also includes theoretical and computation research, with access to high-performance computing facilities.

Faculty and Groups:

Bristow, Ganikhanov, Holcomb, Lederman, Lewis, Seehra, Stanescu

Ask_an_Expert Alan Bristow

“Ask an Expert” with Professor Alan Bristow

Professor Alan Bristow was featured in the inaugural “Ask an Expert” article in the Fall 2014 edition of WVU Magazine, where he answered questions about the future of photonic devices and the study of physics.

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James Smith

Professor James Smith, WVU Alum

James Smith, Adjunct Professor at Emory University, (B.S. ‘64, M.S. ‘66, Ph.D. ‘69 in Physics) talks about his career and his time at WVU.

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Mysterious Radio Bursts, Sent From Deep Space

Reporting in Science, researchers including WVU physics post-docs Sam Bates and Lina Levin write of discovering four radio bursts from outer space. WVU professors Duncan Lorimer and Maura McLaughlin were on the team that detected the first such explosion in 2007. On NPR’s Science Friday, Dr. Lorimer discusses what could be causing these radio signals, such as evaporating black holes, an idea proposed by Stephen Hawking in the 1970s.

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