Brett Bolen: My research is in both classical and quantum aspects of Einstein's theory of gravity known as general relativity. I am especially interested in
Geoff Lenters: I am interested in anything astronomy. My research in the past has been in the area of particle transport in plasma related to solar flares, and X-ray data analysis for a special class of neutrons stars called magnetars. I am currently foraging into the field of radio astronomy with a student here at GVSU. For details please click on the research statement below.
Harold Schnyders: Experimental Condensed Matter Physics
Richard Vallery: Novel materials enable advances in many high tech areas such as medicine, information technology, and energy storage. In many cases the macroscopic properties of these materials are determined by engineering the composition at the nanoscale. To understand fundamental makeup of the materials requires new probes to characterize the structure at these very small length scales. Positronium, the hydrogen-like bound state of an electron and a positron is a very sensitive probe of void structure of matter at scales down to 3 nm. Positronium Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy (PALS) is a unique metrology which studies the annihilation of positronium, whose mass is completely converted into energy as governed by Einstein's famous equation E = mc2, to characterize the pores/voids in materials. This research has impact in many areas including nanotechnology, where, for instance, new low dielectric constant materials with engineered nanoporosity are being used to improve computer performance, to energy research where selective membranes are used in fuel cells.