Dr. Bunch’s research interests involve the development of optics-based products, optical instrument design, fiber optic components and systems, image acquisition and processing, and the development of a portable microfluidic analysis system to quantify and remove specific heavy metals through the use of a bio-regenerative detector.
More Research Opportunities
We believe the best way to learn is by doing, so we you’ll be in the lab early and often, with lots of individual attention from your professors. Ourteaching, research, and MiNDs laboratories, and observatory, are stocked with modern equipment. Meet some of our faculty and learn more about their areas of expertise and current projects below.
Dr. Robert Bunch, Optics
Dr. Dominic Ludovici, Astronomy
Dr. Ludovici's research interests include small telescope research and instrumentation and non-thermal sources in the Galactic Center. He is the director of the Oakley Observatory where he oversees student astronomical research.
Dr. Galen Duree, Ultrashort pulse laser systems
Dr. Duree’sresearch interests involve optically induced waveguides, wavelength dense multiplexing using photorefractive material, and ultrashort pulse laser phenomena.
Sergio Granieri, Optical signal processing
Dr. Granieri’s research include optical signal processing, optical communications, and fiber optic components and applications.
Charles Joenathan, Interferometry, Holography
Dr. Joenathan’s research activities include the Interferometry, speckle technique, electronic speckle pattern interferometry, holography, fiber optic sensors, and optical metrology.
Scott Kirkpatrick, Nano materials
Dr. Kirkpatrick’s research interests include nano self-assemblies, carbon nanotube growth, micro-electrical-mechanical systems, vacuum deposition system design and development, and energy scavenging systems.
Dr. Renat Letfullin, Laser physics
Dr. Letfullin’s interdisciplinary research combines techniques from the fields of biophysics, nanomedicine, nanoscience, wave optics, laser physics, and aerosol physics, including optics of nanoparticles.
Dr. Sudipa Kirtley, X-ray absorption
Dr. Kirtley’s research topics include x-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES), spectroscopy in complex materials (biological, fossil-fuels) to elucidate chemical structures of hetero atoms, UV-V is absorption and fluorescence.
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Facilities & Resources
We believe the best way to learn is by doing, so we place emphasis on lab work with a hands-on approach. Our teaching, research, and MiNDs laboratories, and observatory, are stocked with modern equipment. Here, you’ll have the opportunity for hands-on undergraduate research experiences that most schools reserve for graduate students.
Our photonics, fiber, acoustics, and semiconductor magneto-optics laboratories are equipped with leading edge technology for undergraduate and graduate research projects.
Our state-of-the-art introductory physics laboratories have modern equipment to help you master the concepts you learn in the classroom.
Starting as a freshman, our MiNDs laboratory will give you opportunities in the area of semiconductor and micro/nano technology through courses and hands-on experiments in fabrication, characterization and modeling of micro/nano devices and systems. There are numerous professors performing state of the art research with undergraduates within the cleanroom year round.
Located just east of the main campus, Oakley Observatory is equipped for teaching, as well as conducting research in variable star photometry, searching for supernovae or searching for comets.
Dr. Galen Duree
Dr. Duree, head of the Department of Physics and Optical Engineering, joined the faculty of Rose-Hulman in 1999. His areas of expertise include photorefractive phenomena, nonlinear optics, laser physics, ultra-short pulse laser phenomena. He authored the book Optics for Dummies an "approachable introduction to optical science, methods, and applications."
Department of Physics & Optical Engineering
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