Elvis, John Wayne, and Quantum Plasmon Resonances Where Dead Stars And Engineered Nanomaterials Collide

Dr. David Macaluso
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Montana

Research in atomic, molecular, and optical physics has traditionally been motivated by the needs of observational astronomers. This symbiotic relationship continues today, but increasingly the methods and techniques of experimental physics are finding new applications in other fields such as materials science, biophysics, and medicine. In this presentation, the circuitous research path from synchrotron laboratory astrophysics to biomedical nanomaterials is explored and new research avenues in physics, biophysics, and materials science are presented.