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Kalman Varga

Professor of Physics
Vice Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy
Co-Director of Scientific Computing

Research Insterests

My research interests is the study of the interaction of light and matter using first principles modeling. We study the dynamics of the light-matter interaction by simulating the slow moving nuclei, the fast moving electrons and the photons moving at the speed of light.

Current projects in the lab include

  • strongly coupled light-matter systems in optical cavities
  • quantum plasmonics, laser induced electron currents


Dr. Kalman Varga is a Professor of Physics. His research has been supported by the NSF, and Department of Energy. Dr. Varga has a deep commitment to undergraduate research and teaching, his group has 5 undergraduates every semester and working undergraduates during the summer. Dr. Varga has dozens of publication with undergraduate students.
He joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 2005.

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