Diverse sponsored research activities, an attractive student-to-faculty ratio, and outstanding facilities combine to offer unique learning opportunities.
The CLA’s mission is to conduct research in the application of lasers and associated technology to bio/nanophotonics, materials science, laser materials interaction, energy/power and spectroscopy. These focus areas of specialization were selected to correspond to known areas of scientific and engineering challenges and to areas of development and regional and national needs.
Students or potential collaborators interested in a particular research topic are encouraged to contact our faculty to learn more about current and future opportunities.
Laser Materials Interaction
- Laser cladding and femtosecond laser machining
- Femtosecond laser processing of diamonds and glass devices
- Laser-based heating of material samples for high-enthalpy flows
- Contact: Phillip Kreth
- Laser ablation dynamics and modeling of laser ablation for space propulsion
- Contact: Trevor Moeller
- Micro/nano manufacturing multifunctional materials
- Contact: Feng-Yuan Zhang
CLA actively collaborates with the Center for Industrial Services to provide studies for Tennessee industries, with numerous national and international universities, and with the nearby Arnold Engineering Development Complex. CLA has also formed long-term research partnerships with regional and national industries.