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Patrick H. Bunton, Ph.D.
Professor of Physics and Chair
B.A., East Tennessee State University; M.S., Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

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Dr. Bunton does research in optical imaging of fluid instabilities. An instability is a sudden change from one type of flow to a qualitatively different type if flow such as from smooth to turbulent. In particular he is using Schlieren and fluorescence imaging to look at how instabilities change in the presence of chemical reactions. This work is being done in collaboration with the Louisiana State University and the University of Brussels. Applications include enhanced petroleum recovery and carbon sequestration.

D. Blane Baker, Ph.D.
Wallace A. Hilton Professor of Physics
B.A., William Jewell College; M.A., Washington University; Ph.D., Washington University

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Dr. Baker studies glassy materials used in applications such electronics, nuclear containment, and fiber optics. Systems are studied by techniques such as EPR and NMR spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and electrical conductivity. Results of these experiments provide atomic-level structural information and also help to predict which materials will be useful in particular applications.   

Maggie Brewer Sherer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Physics
B.S., Emory and Henry College; M.S., Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

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Dr. Sherer studies variable stars and eclipsing binary star systems. Variable stars, acting as heat engines, change brightness with time. Computer modeling of binary star systems allows for measurements of mass, radius and stellar interiors.

 

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