Astronomy & Astrophysics Research
The Astronomy and Astrophysics Group at Texas A&M-Commerce is concerned primarily with observational and theoretical studies of asteroids, white dwarf stars, and cataclysmic variable binary systems. We are a member of the Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy (SARA), and have a 10% share of three 1-m-class telescopes located at premier astronomical observatories in Arizona, USA, in Chile, South America, and on the island of La Palma in the Canary Islands off the coast of Morocco. We also operate the 0.6-m TAMUC Observatory located 5 miles south of Campus. Faculty: Kent Montgomery, Kurtis Williams, Matt A. Wood.
Nuclear Theory and Nuclear Astrophysics Research
We are theorists modeling and calculating observables in direct reactions, heavy ion central collisions, fusion reactions, formation and decay of compound nuclei, nuclear structure, mean field theories, radiative capture reactions, transport theories, neutrino scattering, white dwarfs, neutron stars, supernovae and applications of computer science. Our research encompasses many branches of nuclear science such as stellar evolution, stockpile stewardship, and national security.
We are managing the DOE funding for the CUSTIPEN: China-U.S. Theory Institute for Physics with Exotic Nuclei. This institute, jointly funded by DOE Office of Sciences and several Chinese Institutions, provide funds for U.S. researchers to visit collaborators in China, and for Chinese researchers to visit U.S. universities and national laboratories.
Surface Science Research
Surface Physics is the study of the structure and properties of the atoms on the surface of materials. The Surface Physic Laboratory at Texas A&M University-Commerce offers a wide variety of experimental research opportunities including X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and Soft X-Ray and Auger Electron Appearance Potential Spectroscopy (APS). Faculty: Chourasia.