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Physics Department

Location: 180-204
Phone: (805) 756-2448
Fax: (805) 756-2435
Chair: Jennifer Klay

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Jon Fernsler

Jon Fernsler

Jon Fernsler


Office: 180-522
Phone: 805.756.2438


  • Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder, 2004
  • M.S., University of Colorado, Boulder, 1999
  • B.S., College of William and Mary, 1996

Research Interests

  • Liquid Crystals
  • Biophysics


I am interested in the field of soft condensed matter physics - i.e. science of the squishy. Traditional condensed matter physics describes things like semiconductors, metals, crystals and other hard materials. Soft condensed matter involves the fluid state and has many overlapping interests with biology, chemistry, materials science and the newly coined field of "nanoscience".




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