Although the primary focus of the physics faculty at UT-Martin is teaching, some research opportunities exist for students. Please feel free to contact any of the following professors about possible collaboration with their research.
Computer Modeling of Time Series Phenomenon
My research interest include: nonlinear dynamics and chaos, time series analysis, mathematical physics and simulations, and physics education. The followings describe my recent research activities:
Computer Modeling of Starspots
Due to rapid rotation from the influence of a companion star and deep convection zones from an extended envelope, some stars exhibit measurable photometric variability from spots on their surface as they rotate. By analyzing these variations using computer simulations, properties of the so-called "starspots" can be determined. While many techniques have been used to do such modeling, I am using a relatively new technique called Matrix Light Curve Inversion (MLI). It is my goal to develop an overall understanding of the evolutionary behavior of starspots by studying a large number of spotted variable stars. This work is done in collaboration with Dr. Robert Harmon of Ohio Wesleyan University.
Improvements in Physics Education (K-12 and higher education)
A plan is in the beginning stages to establish a near-campus astronomical observatory, primarily to be used for public viewings and student research. Opportunities may present themselves in the near-future for interested engineering students to assist in the development of the observatory. Please contact Dr. Lionel Crews (firstname.lastname@example.org) for information.