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Physics and Engineering Faculty Research

Physics Faculty Research

Faculty from the Wheaton College Physics and Engineering Department are engaged in a variety of exciting research projects.


Madison Symmetric Torus Illustration

Plasma Physics

Dr. Darren Craig investigates the physical processes underlying plasma relaxation in a large, hot, toroidally confined plasma; the so-called the Madison Symmetric Torus. Learn more >

Dr. Heather Whitney with Student

Medical Physics

Dr. Heather Whitney conducts research in quantitative medical imaging. She collaborates with researchers at the University of Chicago and with a local orthopedics practice headed by two Wheaton College alumni.

Scientific Computer simulations of electron capture supernovae in single and binary stars

Computational Astrophysics

uses large computer simulations to study the progenitors of Electron Capture Supernovae in both single and binary stars.

AJ Poelarends using 24-inch Planewave telescope in Wheaton College Observatory

Observational Astronomy

 searches the sky with the 24-inch Planewave telescope in the Observatory to study variable stars and exoplanets.

Dr. Heather Whitney with Student

Medical Physics (NMR)

 researches nuclear magnetic resonance measurements (NMR) such as magnetization transfer of water protons in the presence of macromolecules to improve quantitative imaging in the medical field.