College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department of Physics and Astronomy


Richard Brown ~ Adjunct Instructor of Physics & Astronomy
Associate Director of J.I. Holcomb Observatory & Planetarium
(317) 940-8319

Education: B.S.,  M.S. Indiana University

Expertise: Astronomy education and public outreach.

H. Marshall Dixon ~ Emeritus Professor of Physics & Astronomy
(317) 940-9407

Education: A.B., M.S., Ph.D. University of Virginia

Expertise: Digital and analog electronics, computer architecture, and mathematical physics

Xianming Han ~ Department Head
Professor of Physics & Astronomy
(317) 940-9873

Education: B.S. University of Science and Technology of China; M.S., Ph.D. University of Colorado

Expertise: experimental atomic collision physics, theoretical and experimental nonlinear interactions between lasers and atoms, quantum optics and multiphoton ionizations, computational physics, and observational astronomy.

Matthew Justice ~ Adjunct Faculty

Education:  B.S., M.S. Physics Purdue University    M.S. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Indiana University

Expertise:  small angle X-ray scattering, nuclear magnetic resonance, applied biological physics, lipid membrane bilayer systems, mammalian sphingolipid signaling, lipid-lipid interactions and lipid-protein interactions.

Dan Kosik ~ Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy
(317) 940-9887

Education:B.S. Michigan State University; Ph.D. Ohio University.

Expertise: Intermediate energy theoretical nuclear physics (nuclear scattering, weapons), exploration geophysics (seismology data acquisition and processing), and computational physics (application of numerical techniques to physical problems).

Brian Murphy ~ Professor of Physics & Astronomy
Director - J. I. Holcomb Observatory & Planetarium
(317) 940-9282
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Education: B.S. University of Iowa; M.A., Ph.D. Indiana University

Expertise:  Dynamics of dense stellar systems, growth of supermassive black holes in galactic nuclei, variable stars in globular star clusters, computational astrophysics, and observational astrophysics.

Gonzalo Ordonez ~ Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy
(317) 940-8310

Education: B.S. Monterry Institute of Technology, Mexico; Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin.

Expertise: Quantum three-body scattering, solvable models in one dimension, quantum dots and quantum wires, chaotic maps, atomic-light interactions, quantum Brownian motion, and computational physics.

Jennifer Poor ~ Instructor of Physics & Astronomy
Associate Dean of Liberal Arts & Sciences for Student Affairs
(317) 940-9604

Education: B.A. Wittenburg University; Ph.D. Collge of William and Mary.

Expertise: Physics education, quantum chromodynamics and elementary particles.