Fields of investigation

Magnetic Materials and Magnetic Properties

Modeling of artificial magnetic systems, such as superparamagnetic particles, magnetic dots, films and magnetic multilayers of transition metals and rare earths. Synthesis and characterization of the structural, magnetic and electronic transport properties in bulky materials, thin films and granular systems.
Researchers:
Profa. Dra. Ana Lúcia Dantas
Prof. Dr. João Maria Soares
Prof. Dr. Marco Antonio Morales Torres
Prof. Dr. Nilson Sena de Almeida
Prof. Dr. Vamberto Dias de Mello

Statistical Physics and Cinetic Theory

Study of the thermodynamic and magnetic properties of physical systems. Application of Statistical Mechanics, statistical ensembles, and their extensive or non-extensive generalizations in Physics and Astrophysics. Additional studies the foundations of classical and relativistic kinetic theory with applications in various physical systems. Use is made of computational simulation in investigations of phase transitions and critical phenomena.
Researchers:
Prof. Dr. Idalmir de Souza Queiroz Júnior
Prof. Dr. Fábio Cabral Carvalho
Prof. Dr. José Ronaldo Pereira da Silva
Prof. Dr. Raimundo Silva Júnior

Dielectric and Semiconductor Materials

Studies on the optical properties of materials in the far infrared band by means of phonon and plasmon spectra measurements. Study of optical effects in the terahertz range making use of a dedicated terahertz transmitter with suitable optical components. Theoretical modelling of the associated effects.
Researchers:
Prof. Dr. José Alzamir Pereira da Costa
Prof. Dr. Marcílio Nunes Freire
Prof. PhD. Thomas Dumelow

Stellar Astrophysics

Study of the evolution of the stellar angular momentum, processes of dilution and mixing of chemical elements in stars, stellar nucleosynthesis and exoplanetology. Study of the statistical distributions of stellar rotation. Star characterization and determination of atmospheric parameters by spectral synthesis.
Researchers:
Prof. Dr. Bráulio Batista Soares
Prof. Dr. Leonardo Andrade de Almeida
Prof. Dr. Mackson Matheus França Nepomuceno
Prof. Dr. José Ronaldo Pereira da Silva

Cosmology and Gravitation

Study of fundamental problems of Gravitation and Classical and Quantum Cosmology. Analytical, numerical and observational cosmology. Investigation of the primordial universe, dark matter, recent cosmic acceleration, cosmic microwave background radiation, cosmological parameters, cosmological inflation, anisotropic models, modified theories of gravity, and their implications in cosmology. Study of the classical and quantum effects on the dynamics of the universe on a large scale.
Researchers:
Profa.Dra. Maria Aldinêz Dantas
Prof. Dr. Edésio Miguel Barboza Júnior
Prof. Dr. Fábio Cabral Carvalho
Prof. Dr. Raimundo Silva Júnior

Optical, magneto-optical, photocatalytic and multi-ferrous properties of magnetic materials

Synthesis of materials by chemical processes and solid state reactions. Study of multi-ferrous properties, such as magnetoelectric and magnetoelastic coupling. Investigation of materials such as perovskites, double perovskites, as well as manganites and silenites, which can present more than one iron property at the same time, such as ferroelectricity, ferro / antiferromagnetism and / or ferroelasticity. Magnetic analysis and study of these materials made through electrical properties using measurements of P-E cycles (hysteresis) and "positive-up-negative-down" test (PUND). Optical and magneto-optical effects associated with the interaction of terahertz radiation with magnetic materials in the absence and presence of an applied external magnetic field.
Researchers:
Prof. PhD. Thomas Dumelow

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