The Physics Department at UNH offers excellent research opportunities to both our graduate and undergraduate students. An overview of undergraduate research at UNH and specific examples of undergraduate students involved in research are found at the Undergraduate Research page.
More information about space related research can be found at the homepage for the UNH Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space.
UNH physicists are engaged in fundamental research in producing nuclear polarization in gases and applying those techniques for medical imaging applications. Lung disease is the fourth leading cause of death in the US, yet there is no widely available modality to noninvasively image lung structure and function. Hyperpolarized gases, noble gases with their magnetic polarization enhanced by a factor of ten thousand, can be harmlessly breathed and imaged in the lungs. Imaging techniques can be devised to reveal gas space structure as well as functional information such as ventilation maps, local microstructure, and oxygen uptake.
Condensed matter physics is a vast field in the contemporary physics. Not only traditional topics on solids, superconductors, magnetism, semiconductors, etc. are extensively investigated, but also modern topics on topology, entanglement, and emergent phenomena are discussed. Multidisciplinary researches are vibrantly conducted, which brings together deep knowledge of theoretical physics and mathematical physics, and application perspectives from materials science and electrical engineering.
The pursuit of research is one of the major goals of physics graduate education. Thesis advisors are selected from those faculty involved in the research areas of interest to the student. The research activities in the UNH Physics Department are centered on a few focused fields...
The Department of Physics has an active and widely recognized program in Nuclear and Particle Physics. The majority of our present experimental programs is focused at Jefferson Laboratory in Newport News, Virginia, which is an international center for nuclear physics research. In addition, we are engaged in a program of fundamental physics using cold neutrons at Los Alamos and Oak Ridge national Laboratories.
Physics Education is a the new but growing field of physics education research that probes the following kinds of questions: what are student difficulties in understanding physics concepts, in generating solutions to problems, in understanding what it means to learn physics; what kinds of activities can be developed to help students overcome theses difficulties; and how do we assess the effectiveness of the curriculum? There are also those who are very interested in cognitive theories of how we learn, and what are the basic pieces of our understanding on which all else is built.
The Space Science Center fosters research and graduate education in all of the space sciences with studies ranging from the ionosphere to the Earth's magnetosphere, the local solar system, and out to the farthest reaches of the universe.
Investigations of the Earth's environment in the solar system look at space as a laboratory for plasma physics. We conduct theoretical and satellite investigations of the solar-terrestrial radiation environment. High energy astrophysics investigations involve the sensing of energetic astrophysical objects with ground, balloon, and satellite detectors.
The first step to joining a research group is finding out what positions are available. The UNH research groups often have openings for undergraduates. Feel free to contact any of the professors to discuss opportunities available in their groups; simply email them, and let them know that you are a physics undergrad interested in doing research. Talk with upper classmen to find out what research they are doing and how they got started.