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CAPS: Center for Applied Physics Studies

Description:  The mission of the Center for Applied Physics Studies (CAPS) is to provide a world-class, integrated engineering and physics educational and research environment, thereby creating opportunities for interdisciplinary studies, the sharing of resources, and the transfer of technology from basic science to engineering applications. The CAPS program, through the use of multidisciplinary research and teaching efforts, generates a profile of both engineers and physicists who are well-trained to enter a broad spectrum of careers in both physics and engineering. The CAPS multidisciplinary research and education program combines the strengths of researchers and students from particle physics, biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, and the Institute for Micromanufacturing (IfM). As a participant in CAPS, each member and student spends a portion of his/her time in cross-collaborative efforts in areas outside of his/her traditional area of expertise. For each project, multidisciplinary research teams are assembled consisting of undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctorals, faculty, and collaborators from other institutions, national labs, and industry. The major research efforts of CAPS currently span the areas of particle physics, micromanufacturing, microfluidics, and biomedical sensors. Each of the areas has received funding from agencies such as the NSF, NASA, Louisiana Board of Regents Support Fund, DoE, and Louisiana-NASA Space Consortium. The Particle Physics Group within CAPS is involved in research in high energy, nuclear, and astro-particle physics with major experimental projects at Fermilab, the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (TJNAF), Brookhaven National Lab, and the Los Alamos National Lab. A CAPS research team is currently developing a Pizellated Cesium Iodide metal array coupled to a fast-timing bidirectional CCD in collaboration with LSU for use on a Gamma-Ray Balloon Borne Imaging Experiment and for use in Positron Emission Tomography (PET). The Center is located on the Louisiana Tech Campus in the Engineering Annex. The CAPS facilities consist of a DEC Alphabased computer system, a PSpice-based Electronics Design Station, an AutoCAD Mechanical Design Station, a Detector Development Test Lab, and a Cosmic Ray Test Stand with CAMAC, VME, and FastBUS based Data Acquisition Systems.
Web Site:  http://www.phys.latech.edu/official/research/caps.html
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