of the Concordia College physics department are engaged in active research
at the cutting edge of physics and astronomy. Many of these projects offer
opportunities for undergraduates to work with faculty on the latest discoveries.
Some of the areas of research include:
and Molecular Physics
Dr. Mark Gealy is
an expert in the field of atomic collisions. He recently spent a year
at the J.R. Macdonald Laboratory
where he conducted experiments and developed new instrumentation for studies
of collisions of fast heavy one-electron ions with H2 and He gas targets.
You can find out more about Dr. Gealy's work by visiting his research
Dr. Bryan Luther studies
the properties of rare isotopes using the coupled cyclotron at the National
Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory. As part of the MoNA
Collaboration, Dr. Luther and his student researchers are currently
involved in the experiemnts utilizing the Modular Neutron Detector
(MoNA). Check out the MoNA
website for the latest details.
Dr. Heidi Manning
investigates the evolution and origin of the solar system. She uses the
Dust Particle Accelerator housed at Concordia College to conduct laboratory
experiments to simulate the physical and chemical processes caused by
impacts of interplanetary dust particles on objects such as spacecraft
and the icy moons of the outer planets. Her work also includes testing
space flight instrumentation for detecting interplanetary and interstellar
dust particles. For more information visit Dr. Manning's research
Dr. Paul Seifert
is developing systems for a balloon launch platform. These
balloon satellites will be used to measure a variety of physical properties
of the atmosphere up to altitudes of 100,000 feet. With his student
researchers Dr. Seifert building and testing instruments for the balloon
payloads. To learn more about the balloonsats visit the Concordia
College High Altitude Balloon page.