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Physics Department Research

Faculty members in the Physics Department conduct research in a wide variety of applied and basic physics disciplines. As a member of the Physics Department, you will be partnered with one of our faculty members to conduct research in support of your thesis. Many of our graduates consider this the best part of their NPS experience.

Sensors - Faculty Researchers And Their Programs

Extracting Hidden Trails and Roads Under Canopy Using LIDAR, Terahertz Imaging Via a Microbolometer Camera Under the Illumination of a Quantum Cascade Laser

"Probable Cause" for Maritime Interdictions Involving Illicit Radioactive Materials

Modeling the Performance of MEMS-Based Directional Microphones, Measurement of Minority Charge Carrier Diffusion

Length of Gallium Nitride Nanowires using Electron Beam Induced Current (EBIC) Polarimetric Imaging for the Detection of Disturbed Surfaces

Remote Triggering and Detection of Mid-Wave Infrared Signals from Vehicle Mounted Identification Friend or Foe (VMIFF) Systems

Characterization of Robotic Tail Orientation as a Function of Platform Position for Surf-Zone Robots.

Weapons - Faculty Researchers And Their Programs

  • Professor Joe Hooper - Reactive Materials
  • Professor Andres Larazza - Railgun
  • Professor Emil P. Kartalov - Advanced Warfighter Technologies
  • Professor Abram H. Clark IV - Granular And Nonlinear Materials
  • Professor Craig Smith - Nuclear Technology
  • Professor Ray Gamache – Armor material and systems development

Investigation of Potential Detonation Reactions from Non-Explosives

Investigation of New Materials and Methods of Construction of Personnel Armor

Free Electron Laser Analysis for the Innovative Navy Prototype, Exploration of Potential Chemical Energy/Kinetic Energy Coupling During Hypervelocity Impact

Penetration Design and Evaluation of a Monolithic Rail Gun, Ultraviolet Resonant Raman Enhancements in the Detection of Explosives

Numerical Simulation of Ground Coupling of Low Yield Nuclear Detonation

Acoustics - Faculty Researchers And Their Programs

  • Professor Kevin Smith - Underwater Acoustics
  • Professor Bruce Denardo - Physical acoustics and educational physics research
  • Professor Oleg  Godin - Underwater Acoustics and Infrasound 

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Physics Chairman:

Dr. Kevin Smith

Associate Chairs:

Academics: Christopher G. Smithtro

Research: Dr. Joe Hooper

Contact Us:

Department of Physics
Spanagel Hall, Room 203
833 Dyer Road
Monterey, CA 93943-5216
P: (831) 656-2397
DSN: 756-2397

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