Department of Physics and Astronomy

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Aerospace Capabilities

-2 vacuum chambers
-Residual gas analyzer (<200 amu)
-Space pressure simulation to 1 microTorr
-30 kV benchtop high voltage test stand

Scientific Optics Capabilities

-Diffuse Reflectance Spectroscopy
-Dynamic Light Scattering (<10 micrometer)
-Scanning Electron Microscopy
-UV-Vis-NIR Spectroscopy (200-1030nm)

High Power Lasers

-2 W Line-tunable Argon-ion (cw)
-10 W RF-excited TEA CO2 (quasi-cw)
-2 W Nd:YAG w/ HG (rp 0.1 J/pulse)
-Nitrogen laser (rp 0.00003 J/pulse)

Materials Capabilities

Recent External Grants to Physics/Astronomy Faculty

-Fall 2014: NASA - Minnesota Space Grant, $10,000
[Lee: Native Skywatchers - Course & Teacher Workshop]
-Fall 2014: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Department, $5,000
[Lidberg: NanoVox: Create Minnesota State hub]
-Fall 2013: ATK Spacecraft Systems and Services, $245,045
[Harlander: ICON Satellite Project Initial Support]
-Fall 2013: National Science Foundation, $160,524
[Womack: NSF Directorship]
-Spring 2013: Lightmachinery, Inc., $16,389
[Harlander: Real Fringe DASH Development]
-Spring 2013: Fond du Lac Tribal and community College, $11,774
[Lee: Environmental Modeling and Research Experience]
-Spring 2013: Minnesota State, $9,292
[Lee: Native Skywatchers-Diversity Mini-Grant]

Recent Internal Grants to Physics/Astronomy Faculty

-12/2015: SCSU Faculty Improvement Grant, $8,000
[Sinko: Laser Electric Thruster Development]
-11/2015: SCSU University Researcher, $5,000
[Sinko: Propellant Development for Laser Tractor Beam Retrieval of Astronauts]
-11/2014: SCSU New Researcher, $7,999.80
[Sivaprakasam and Sinko: 'Smart Material' Coating for Sustainable Energy]
-11/2014: SCSU Faculty Improvement Grant, $9,988
[Liu: Developing an open source electronic device for the next generation laboratory physics education]
-2013: SCSU University Researcher, $9,992
[Guster and Haglin: Optimizing Nano-tube Characteristics to Increase the Hydrogen Absorption Rates in Hydrogen Fuel Cell Design]
-2013: SCSU Faculty Improvement Grant, $7,325
[Lee: Native Skywatchers: Dissemination of Dakota Star Knowledge]
-2013: SCSU University Researcher, $5,000
[Lee: Native Skywatchers - Ojibwe Star Knowledge Book and Pursuit of National Funding]
-2012: SCSU New Researcher, $4,000
[Lee: Native Skywatchers: Star Maps]


Research at St. Cloud State University

Research and Capabilities

Astronomy and AstrophysicsAstrophysics image (sun with sunspots)

 Binary stars, Observation, Laboratory supernova simulation

Computational PhysicsResearch image (computational lab)

Theoretical modeling

Educational Physics

Electronics and Arduino for educational applications

Materials Science and Photonics
Research image (Materials science)

Organic semiconductors, Laser ablation of materials,
Liquid crystals, Structural glasses,
Color-change solar materials

Nuclear and Medical Physics


Space Science and Propulsion
Research image (Space science and propulsion)

 Interferometric sensors, DASH (satellite) data,
Laser propulsion