Research at CAPS

The major research efforts at the Center for Applied Physics Studies (CAPS) span the areas of nuclear and elementary particle physics, photonics, computational physics, materials by design, nanotechnology, and bio-physics. Our faculty is participating in large scale national and international projects hosted by the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Lab, the Fermi National Accelerator Lab, and the European Center for Particle Physics (CERN).

The main research disciplines pursued by CAPS facility are:

  • Nuclear and High Energy Particle Physics: Dr. Greenwood, Dr. Sawyer, Dr. Wobisch, Dr. Johnston, Dr. Simicevic, Dr. Wells
    • Qweak Experiment
    • ATLAS Experiment
    • D∅ Experiment
  • Photonics, Metamaterials, and Sensors: Dr. Genov, Dr. Simicevic, Dr. Jaganathan
  • Computational Physics, Chemistry and Biology: Dr. Ramachandran, Dr. Dai, Dr. Wick, Dr. Bishop, Dr. Derosa, Dr. Genov, and Dr. Hou
    • Louisiana Optical Network Initiative (LONI)
    • Cerberus
  • Observational Astronomy and Gravitational Physics: Dr. Shaw and Dr. Genov
    • Louisiana Tech Observatory
    • LIGO

The Center for Applied Physics Studies (CAPS) has averaged about $700K in external funding per year from state and federal agencies such as National Science Foundation, NASA, Department of Education, Department of Defense, Louisiana Board of Regents Support Fund, Northwest Louisiana Biomedical Research Foundation, etc. The CAPS faculty members supervise on average 30 undergraduate and graduate students with majors in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Electrical Engineering, and Nanosystems Engineering.