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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 >

Students of Dr. Heather Whitney in Computer Lab

Medical Physics

Together with Dr. Brian Hunt of the Wheaton College Applied Health Science department, Dr. Heather Whitney is formulating methods for automatic measurement of the lumen diameter of the carotid artery as detected by ultrasound.

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

Computational Astrophysics

Dr. A.J. Poelarends 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

Dr. A.J. Poelarends 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)

Dr. Heather Whitney 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.