Physicists study the properties and behavior of matter and energy in a wide variety of contexts, ranging from the sub-microscopic particles from which all ordinary matter is made (particle physics) to the behavior of the Universe as a whole (cosmology). Physics primarily is the science that deals with exploring the rules of nature and the fundamental understanding of nature that comes from the study of physics is central to all the natural sciences, applied sciences and technology, and thus profoundly affects the life of every human along with his or her environment.

The department of Physics at Saint Joseph's has developed a research-oriented culture for both its faculty and students. It is expected that most students will be involved with some sort of research activity over their four-year development in the discipline of physics. The ability to put into practice what is learned in the classroom is paramount to the growth of young scientists. In the research laboratory, students will learn to ask appropriate questions, design and perform experiments to answer those questions, analyze data using computational methods, and draw appropriate conclusions. Students will also be exposed to the interfaces of physics and biology, and physics and chemistry, exposing them to how the methods of physics are central to addressing key problems in other disciplines.

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Submissions from 2016

Correlated Rearrangements of Disordered Colloidal Suspensions in the Vicinity of the Reentrant Glass Transition, Piotr Habdas

Vibrational Properties of Quasi-Two-Dimensional Colloidal Glasses with Varying Interparticle Attraction, Piotr Habdas

Submissions from 2013

Focusing on the Hard Parts: A Biomechanics Laboratory Exercise, Piotr Habdas

Local Elastic Response Measured Near the Colloidal Glass Transition, Piotr Habdas

Solitons and Kinks in a General Car-Following Model, Douglas A. Kurtze

Submissions from 2012

Measuring Drag Force In Newtonian Liquids, Piotr Habdas

Submissions from 2011

Cooperative Rearrangement Regions and Dynamical Heterogeneities in Colloidal Glasses with Attractive Versus Repulsive Interactions, Piotr Habdas

Particle Dynamics in Dense Colloidal Suspensions with Short-ranged Attractive Potential, Piotr Habdas

Submissions from 2010

Physical Review Letters in the Classroom, Paul Joseph Angiolillo

Physics and Chemistry in the Kitchen, Paul Joseph Angiolillo

Liquids with strange properties, Piotr Habdas

Measuring Drag Force in Newtonian Liquids in the Introductory Physics Laboratory, Piotr Habdas

Sense of a Scale, Piotr Habdas

Convective Adjustment in Box Models, Douglas A. Kurtze

Submissions from 2009

Misconduct in Science: A "Celebrated" Case in Physics, Paul Joseph Angiolillo

On Thermionic Emission and the Use of Vacuum Tubes in the Advanced Physics Laboratory, Paul Joseph Angiolillo

Pi in the Sky: Energy and Electron Dynamics in Conjugated Porphyrin Arrays, Paul Joseph Angiolillo

Brownian Motion and Colloidal Suspensions, Piotr Habdas

Direct imaging of colloidal particles with short-range attractive potential, Piotr Habdas

Particle dynamics in colloidal suspensions above and below the glass-liquid re-entrance transition, Piotr Habdas

Particle dynamics in dense short-ranged attractive colloidal suspensions, Piotr Habdas

Particle dynamics in dense short-ranged attractive colloidal suspensions, Piotr Habdas

Thermal vestige of the zero-temperature jamming transition, Piotr Habdas

The role of silk threads in the dispersal of larvae through stream pools, Piotr Habdas

Joy in Mudville, Douglas A. Kurtze

Submissions from 2005

Dynamics of Defects and Traveling Waves in an Interfacial Finger Pattern, Piotr Habdas

Submissions from 2004

Forced Motion of a Probed Particule Near the Colloidal Glass Transition, Piotr Habdas

Submissions from 2003

Morphology and Scaling of Impact Craters in Granular Media, Piotr Habdas

Submissions from 2002

Design and Electrooptic Properties of Conjugated Porphyrin Arrays, Paul Joseph Angiolillo

Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Study of Order-Disorder Phase Transitions in Cu2+ -Doped KNO2 and NaNO Crystals, Paul Joseph Angiolillo

Spin Dynamics in Oligometric tt-Conjugated (Porphyrinato) Metal Arrays, Paul Joseph Angiolillo

Fingering Instability of a Sheet of Yield-Stress Fluid, Piotr Habdas

Video Microscopy of Colloidal Suspensions and Colloidal Crystals, Piotr Habdas

Submissions from 2001

Electron Spin-Lattice Relaxation As a Measure of the Extent of Excitation Delocalization in Conjugated Polymers, Paul Joseph Angiolillo

Primary Triplet Photoexcitations in Highly Conjugated Porphyrinic Arrays, Paul Joseph Angiolillo

Primary Triplet Photoexcitations in Highly Conjugated Porphyrinic Arrays, Paul Joseph Angiolillo

Triple State Photophysics of Highly COnjugated Porphyrinic Arrays, Paul Joseph Angiolillo

Behavior of Sink and Source Defects in One-Dimensional Traveling Finger Pattern, Piotr Habdas

On the Critical Anomaly of Dielectric Permittivity for the Temperature and Pressure Paths on Approaching the Critical Consolute Point, Piotr Habdas

Temperature Studies of Dielectric Permittivity and Mass Density Pretransitional Anomalies in Binary Mixtures, Piotr Habdas

Advective Lags and Thermohaline Oscillations, Douglas A. Kurtze

Corrugation of Roads, Douglas A. Kurtze

The Genesis of Washboard Roads, Douglas A. Kurtze

Submissions from 2000

Singlet and Triplet Excited States of Emissive Conjugated (Bis)porphyrin Compounds Probed by Optical, Magnetic, and Stark Spectroscopic Methods, Paul Joseph Angiolillo

Triplet State Photophysics of Highly Conjugated Porphyrinic Arrays, Paul Joseph Angiolillo

Surface Instability in Windblown Sand, Douglas A. Kurtze

Submissions from 1999

Soft Ferromagnetism in Highly Conjugated Acetylenyl-Bridged bis(Metalloporphyrin) Structures, Paul Joseph Angiolillo

Soft Ferromagnetism in Highly Conjugated Acetylenyl-Brisged bis(Metalloporphyrin) Structures, Paul Joseph Angiolillo

Pressure and Temperature Studies of Dielectric Permittivity in the Homogeneous Phase of Nitrobenzenedodecane Binary Mixture, Piotr Habdas

Pressure Behaviour of Dielectric Permittivity on Approaching the Critical Consolute Piont, Piotr Habdas

Submissions from 1998

The Photoexcited Triplet State as a Probe of Chromophore-Protein Interaction in Myoglobin, Paul Joseph Angiolillo

On the Isothermal Pressure Behaviour of the Relaxation Times in Supercooled Glass-FOrmin gLiquids, Piotr Habdas

Effect of Dissipation on Density Profile of One Dimensional Gas, Douglas A. Kurtze

Submissions from 1997

Flourescence Line Narrowing Spectroscopy: A Tool for Studying Proteins, Paul Joseph Angiolillo

Synthesis Electron Paramegnetic Resonance Spectroscopy and Electrochemistry of Highly Conjugated bis(Porphyrin) Compounds, Paul Joseph Angiolillo

The Photoexcited Triplet State of Metal-Free and Metal Subsituted Heme Proteins and Model Compounds, Paul Joseph Angiolillo

The Photoexcited Triplet State of Metal-Free and Metal Substituted Heme Proteins and Model Compounds, Paul Joseph Angiolillo

Dielectric Relaxation of Glass-Forming Dibutyl Phthalate Under High Pressure, Piotr Habdas

The Influence of Pressure on Dielectric Relaxation for Phthalate Derivatives in Supercooled State, Piotr Habdas

Submissions from 1996

High Resolution Optical Studies of Heme Proteins, Paul Joseph Angiolillo

Hydrogen Atoms Are Produced When Tryptophan Within a Protein is Irradiaated with Ultraviolent Light, Paul Joseph Angiolillo

Spectral Splitting of the aQ(0,0) Absorption Band of Ferrous Cytochrome c and Other Heme Proteins, Paul Joseph Angiolillo

The Photoactivated Triplet State of Metal-Free and Metal Subsituted Hemeproteins and Model Compounds, Paul Joseph Angiolillo

UV Photolysis of Tryptophan in Cob Parvalbumin, Paul Joseph Angiolillo

Electric Permittivity in the One- and Two-Phase Region of 1- Nitropropane-Hexadecane Near Critical Solution, Piotr Habdas

High-ressure and Temperature Dependence of Dielectric Relaxation in Supercooled Di-Isobutyl Phthalate, Piotr Habdas

Isothermal and High-Pressure Studies of Dielectric Relaxation in Supercooled Glycerol, Piotr Habdas

Chaotic Behavior in Computer Mediated Network Communication, Douglas A. Kurtze

Noise and Dynamical Pattern Selection, Douglas A. Kurtze

Submissions from 1995

Another Probe of Protein Substates, Paul Joseph Angiolillo

Electron Paramagnetic Resonance of the Excited Triplet State of Metal-Free and Metal Substituted Cytochrome c, Paul Joseph Angiolillo

EPR Spectroscopy and Photophysics of the Photoactivated Triplet State of a Series of Highly Conjugated (Pophinato) Zn Arrays, Paul Joseph Angiolillo

Dynamics of Viscous Fingers and the Threshold Instability, Douglas A. Kurtze

How Strongly Deterministic is Chaotic Behavior in Computer Mediated Network Communication, Douglas A. Kurtze

Small Aplitude Cells in Directional Viscous Fingering, Douglas A. Kurtze

Traffic Jams, Granular Flow and Solition Selection, Douglas A. Kurtze

Submissions from 1993

Pigment Inhomogeneity and Void Formation in Organic Coatings, Douglas A. Kurtze

Tip Dynamics in Saffman-Taylor Fracture, Douglas A. Kurtze

Submissions from 1992

An Examination of the Utility of Non-Linear Dynamics Techniques for Analyzing Human Information Behaviors, Douglas A. Kurtze

A Noncalculus Derivation of the l/r Potential, Douglas A. Kurtze

Dynamics in Pattern Forming Systems, Douglas A. Kurtze

Surface Tension Driven Nonlinear Instability in Viscous Fingers, Douglas A. Kurtze

The Effects of Density Fluctuations in Organic Coatings, Douglas A. Kurtze

Submissions from 1991

An Investigation of Chaos in Computer Mediated Communication, Douglas A. Kurtze

Bifurcation in Singular Needle Growth, Douglas A. Kurtze

Teaching Newton's Second Law- A Better Way, Douglas A. Kurtze

Submissions from 1989

Nonlinear Development of Morphological Instabilities in Explosive Crystallization, Douglas A. Kurtze

Submissions from 1988

Formation of Deep Grooves in Directional Solidification, Douglas A. Kurtze

Nonlinear Patter Selection in Explosive Crystallization, Douglas A. Kurtze

Submissions from 1987

Comment on Order-Disorder Transitions in the Melt Morphology of Laser-Irradiated Silicon, Douglas A. Kurtze

Needle Crystals with Nonlinear Diffusion, Douglas A. Kurtze

Persistance of the Ivantsov Continuum Despite the Existence of a Length Scale, Douglas A. Kurtze

Pulsations in Optical Directional Melting of Semiconductors, Douglas A. Kurtze

Submissions from 1986

Failures of Local Approximation in Finite-Element Methods, Douglas A. Kurtze

Instabilities and Mode Selection in Explosive Crystallization, Douglas A. Kurtze

Mode Selection in Nearly-Self-Sustained Explosive Crystallization, Douglas A. Kurtze

Partition Function Zeros in Two-Dimensional Lattice Models of the Polymer Theta Point, Douglas A. Kurtze

Stability of Incomplete Explosive Crystal Growth, Douglas A. Kurtze

Submissions from 1985

Electron Spin Resonance and High Pressure Liquid Chromatography of Melanin in Posterior Choroidal Melanomas, Paul Joseph Angiolillo

Instability in Radiatively Melted Silicon Films, Douglas A. Kurtze