Department People


Amanda L. Machi                                                           Tel: (415)422-6155         
Physics  & Astronomy Program Assistant
B.A. (History), University of San Francisco, 2007
M.A. (History), San Francisco State University, 2011

Keoki Kakigi                                                                  Tel: (415)422-6241
Physics Technician 
B.S. (Physics), University of San Francisco, 2013



Eugene Benton

Professor Emeritus

For over 20 years, Dr. Benton's Research Laboratory has been involved with NASA and an international group of scientist with the aim of advancing the health and radiation safety of astronauts engaged in long-term space habitation.

Tel:(415) 422-5716

Thomas Böttger

Associate Professor

Ph.D., Montana State University - Bozeman, 2002.  Areas of interest: high resolution spectroscopy of rare-earth ions embedded in solids, spectral holeburning, photon echo spectroscopy, laser frequency stabilization

Tel:(415) 422-6179

Brandon Brown


Ph.D.: 1997, Oregon State University.  Areas of interest: high-temperature superconductivity; sensory biophysics; science communication; the life and work of Max Planck.

Tel:(415) 422-2364

Horacio Camblong


Ph.D., New York University, 1993.  Areas of interest: Theoretical physics, quantum-field theory, gravitational physics, and many-body theory.

Tel:(415) 422-5939

Marcelo Camperi


Marcelo F. Camperi studied physics at the great Universidad Nacional de la Plata, in Argentina. He received his Ph.D. from Boston University, working in topological field theory and some phenomenology of elementary particles. Upon graduating, he became interested in the study of the brain from a physicists' point of view.

Tel:(415) 422-4510

Seth Foreman

Assistant Professor

I completed my Ph.D. in the group of Jun Ye at JILA, University of Colorado at Boulder, in 2007, working on femtosecond lasers, frequency combs, optical atomic clocks, and time/frequency transfer over optical fiber networks.    At USF I am developing field emission tips (atomically sharp needles) as femtosecond electron sources for applications such as fs-time-resolved electron microscopy.  This work lies at the intersection of  ultrafast science, nanotechnology, precision frequency metrology, and vacuum electronics.


William Golightly

Adjunct Professor

Research experience:  Theory of the waveguide free-electron laser, use of inverse AC Josephson effect in voltage standards.


Xiaosheng Huang

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2004. Research interests: Observational Cosmology, High Redshift (Faraway) Type Ia Supernovae (SNe Ia), Nearby SNe Ia, Gravitational Lensing.Previously worked on the Supernova Cosmology Project, led by Saul Perlmutter, at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Tel:(415) 422-5701

Terrence Mulera

Adjunct Professor

Areas of interest: Relativistic collisions of heavy ions, radiation detector development, neutrino oscillations, rare decays of the pion.

Tel:(415) 422-6152

Aparna Venkatesan

Associate Professor and Department Chair

Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy. B. A. in Astronomy, Cornell University.M.S. and Ph.D., The University of Chicago. Research Interests: Theoretical Astrophysics, Cosmology, First Stars and Primordial Supernovae, Cosmological Reionization, Cosmic Element Synthesis, Microwave Background, Dark Stars, Astrobiology