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Physics has been at Dillard since the beginning, and it’s come a long way to the prestigious program we have today. At first, we offered general physics courses, which became part of a combined mathematics and physics major in the 1940s. By 1976, physics was its own major. From there, we added the pre-engineering articulation agreements to the physics program in 1986 and renamed it the Physics and Pre-Engineering Department, which remains its name to this day.


Our physics department underwent another major change in 1998, when Presidential Professor Abdalla Darwish started our program in optics andnanocomposite materials. This program expanded to include major research projects supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), the Army Research Office, and the Army Research Laboratory. The Dillard University Physics and Pre-Engineering Department now houses top-notch educational and research infrastructure for thin film fabrication by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) and matrix-assisted pulsed laser evaporation (MAPLE) as well as optical characterization equipment, including the double and triple PLD technique invented by Dr. Darwish. Our students have access to PLD chambers, Nd:YAG lasers at 10 and 50 Hz, HeNe and carbon dioxide lasers, and many kinds of optical characterization equipment, including AFM, FTIR, XRD, XRF, SEM, and STM.



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