The faculty of the Physics Department is comprised of a team of learned and respected professors and lecturers. The faculty is heavily involved with research projects and student groups.
Dermot Coffey, chair and associate professor, does research in theoretical solid state physics.
Michael DeMarco, professor emeritus, did experimental solid state research involving the Mossbauer effect on superconductors. Dr. Demarco has published several papers with Buff State undergrads (see Undergraduate Students section below).
David Ettestad, professor, does research in chaos theory and also statistical mechanics theory. He also helps to coordinate the High Performance Computer Laboratory (HIPERC).
Daniel MacIsaac, professor, studies the factors that influence the development of effective physics teachers. Dan also coordinates the M.S.Ed. (Physics) graduate programs for physics teachers.
Arjun K. Pathak, assistant professor, investigates magnetic, electronic, thermodynamics, thermal, and electrical transport properties of various novel materials, including topological quantum materials, Skyrmions, magnetic Weyl semi-metals, half-metallic ferromagnets, caloric materials, permanent magnets, and 2D materials. He uses x-ray diffraction, electron microscope, Mössbauer spectroscopy, and physical property measurement systems (PPMS, DynaCool) (all equipped in-house). Details at https://physics.buffalostate.edu/arjun-pathak-research
Ram Rai, associate professor, conducts experimental research on electronic and magnetic materials. He is particularly interested in thin films of complex oxides, and their investigation using different experimental techniques, including optical spectroscopy, resistivity, and dielectric measurements. Rai's webpage: http://faculty.buffalostate.edu/rairc/index.htm
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