PhD emphasis – Applied Physics

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PhD emphasis – Applied Physics

Applied Physics is a research and academic emphasis offering advanced degrees through the Department of Applied Science. The emphasis is designed to prepare students in cutting-edge research areas in Applied Physics, Materials, Earth Sciences, Astronomy, and Astrophysics that include advanced materials, nanotechnology, photonic devices, applied geophysics, seismology, dark matter and galaxies. Current research topics under Applied Physics are listed below with a brief description of each area.

Applied Geophysics

Applied Geophysics, which combines knowledge from physics, mathematics, and geology, includes exploration and imaging of the earth’s interior through physical measurement collected at or near the earth’s surface by highly specialized equipment. The research program at UALR is oriented toward the development and application of geophysical technologies for environmental, geotechnical, and engineering applications. Gravity, magnetic, electric, seismic, and ground penetrating radar are the main technologies utilized in the research. Topography and three-dimensional imaging of the shallow subsurface using these technologies is an important research focus. Applied geophysics includes also research in digital signal processing to develop new procedures for infrasonic signal detection and Doppler Radar Wind profiling. Infrasonic detection, used heavily in nuclear monitoring, requires innovative technologies in both software and hardware to improved signal-to-noise ratio and to discriminate between different signals. Doppler Radar Wind profiling is mainly implemented for aviation and space vehicle safety. These projects provide opportunities for students in the Applied Physics and Engineering Science emphasis areas. Email Dr. Haydar Al-Shukri or phone him at 501-569-8164.

Materials Research

This research area focuses on properties, characterization, and advanced technological applications of thin film and nanostructured materials. Research topics include micro- and nano-fabrication, advanced characterization techniques, solid state physics, materials for energy applications, bio-materials, multifunctional materials, smart materials, thin film coating technologies, composite materials, and materials for space exploration. E-mail Dr. Tansel Karabacak or phone him at 501-569-8045.

Nanoscience Research

This research area focuses on properties, characterization, and advanced technological applications of nanostructured materials for applications ranging from solar cells, anti-icing applications, and cancer therapies. E-mail Dr. Alex Biris, Director of the UA Little Rock Center for Integrative Nanotechnology Sciences.


The Arkansas Center for Earthquake Education and Technology Transfer is a state funded institution within UALR that has the responsibility for installing and operating the Arkansas Seismic Network. One mission of the center is to conduct scientific research in a wide range of projects in earthquake and nuclear seismology, the New Madrid Seismic Zone, paleoseismology, and earthquake risk assessment and mitigation. This Center provides students and faculty with data, facilities, and the environment to accomplish their research. E-mail Dr. Haydar Al-Shukri or phone him at 501-569-8164.

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