Welcome to CAPS

Welcome to the Center for Applied Physics Science!

The Center for Applied Physics Science (CAPS) was founded in 1997 and has been identified by the University of Louisiana System as a Center of Excellence at Louisiana Tech University. The center is located in the Engineering Annex Building and has 20,000 sq. ft. of office and laboratory space. CAPS provides a world-class research and education environment that integrates both engineering and physics disciplines, creating opportunities for interdisciplinary studies, the sharing of resources, and the transfer of technology from basic science to applications. The center brings together faculty with diverse academic backgrounds and serves the educational need of the Physics, Chemistry and Electrical Engineering Programs at Louisiana Tech University. CAPS is one of the premium research centers on campus with current research efforts spanning diverse areas of nuclear and elementary particle physics, photonics, computational physics, materials by design, nanotechnology, and biophysics. Our faculty are participating in large scale national and international projects hosted by the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Lab, the Fermi National Accelerator Lab, the European Center for Particle Physics (CERN), and LIGO (Laser Interferometric Gravitational-wave Observatory). CAPS researchers lead and actively participate in collaborative research involving other centers on campus, such as the Institute for Micromanufacturing (IfM), the Trenchless Technology Center (TTC), and the Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Science (CBERS). The Center for Applied Physics Science (CAPS) has been an integral member of the Louisiana Optical Network Initiative (LONI), a $50M investment in the State’s IT infrastructure. Our researchers have direct access to the 1.5Pflop Queen Bee 2 supercomputer through LONI’s high-speed and high-bandwidth connections. The Queen Bee 2 was commissioned in the summer of 2014, ranked the 46th most powerful supercomputer in the world by Top500. Locally, our center hosts the Cerberus community supercomputer and is managing the Louisiana Tech Astronomical Observatory. I hope this webpage will provide you with an excellent introduction to the exciting research and education activities in our center. Please feel free to contact us if you need any additional information about CAPS, its research, or its facilities.

Dentcho A. Genov, Ph.D.
Director, CAPS
(318) 257-4190