We use THz near field microscopy to study intramolecular vibrations in materials with a large glassy background. By using near field techniques we can study protein dynamics and nanostructures properties with THz sub-wavelength spatial resolution.
We use molecular dynamics simulations of proteins to help predict and understand how biomolecule structural motions change with mutation, ligand binding, environment and function.
We are currently developing a technique by which we can separate resonances due to molecular vibrations from relaxational responses arising from glassy structures.
We employ micro fabrication techniques for the development and characterization of "DATS" (Dynamical Alignment THz spectroscopy)cells.
The dependance of protein structural vibrations has been shown with Hen Egg White Lysozyme. The measurements of Calmodulin will definitively determine the contributions of protein structural vibrations to terahertz time domain spectroscopy response.
We are developing frequency tunable detectors for THz light.
Through a variety of activities we interact with k-16 students to acquaint them with physics, biological physics and engineering. Activities include demonstrations at local schools, open house activities at UB, the UB STEP program, Liberty Partnership summer program, Buffalo Museum of Sceince Summer Camps, and the UB Discovery Seminar Series.
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