RESEARCH

Some centers with which EP frequently collaborate:

Computational Materials Group Computational research includes development of new methods for materials modeling, theoretical and numerical analysis of the dynamic non-equilibrium processes in materials undergoing processing by short laser pulses, investigation of the microscopic mechanisms of phase transformations, properties of nanostructured and non-crystalline materials.
Intelligent Processing of Materials Laboratory IPMLexplores innovative process technologies that enable the creation of novel materials and devices. Utilizes plasma assisted directed vapor and biased target ion beam deposition techniques for surface engineering applications including the growth of thermal barrier coating systems and spin based devises. IPML have invented novel cellular materials with multifunctional properties such as tailorable combinations of specific stiffness and strength, cross flow heat exchange, impact energy absorption and acoustic damping. Examples include leading edges for hypersonic vehicles and sandwich panel structures for shock mitigation.

Laboratory for Atomic and Surface Physics

 

LASP studies the interaction of energetic particles (ions, electrons) and photons with surfaces. Our goals are to understand the mechanisms leading to electronic excitations and how these excitations evolve and lead to the emission of light (luminescence), electrons, radiation, atoms and molecules (sputtering and photodesorption), and to radiation damage, chemical changes or heat.

 

NanoSTAR The nanoSTAR Institute encompasses nanoscale and quantum research, education, and business development projects in three broad theme areas: nanoelectronics, biology & medicine, and energy & the environment
Spintronics Group Spintronics is the field of spin transport of electronics and spin dependent phenomena for next generation computing. Magnetic materials enabled the information revolution by transforming how information was stored and processed. Current research investigations include spin-dependent processing, spin-dependent storage, multiferroic thin films, metal-insulator transition of vanadium dioxide, mechanisms of SC magnetic doping, and ferrofluidic assembly
UVA Space Physics and Surface Physics In the space physics and surface physics theory program at the university of virginia we study the physics and chemistry of energetic ion, electron and uv-photon interactions with surfaces and gases. The processes of interest are desorption and sputtering, the radiolysis and photolysis of surfaces, and atmospheric evolution.