Research Centers and Labs

Center for Collision Safety and Analysis (CCSA)

The Center for Collision Safety and Analysis (CCSA) at George Mason University brings together a strong and richly experienced team of scientists and engineers focused on using advanced technology to understand collisions involving transport vehicles and to develop means to avoid or mitigate them to enhance safety and security. CCSA is associated with the College of Science at George Mason University and the National Center for Manufacturing Science (NCMS).

Center for Computational Fluid Dynamics

The Center for Computational Fluid Dynamics at George Mason University gathers researchers from the Departments of Physics and Astronomy, Civil Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering whose interests span compressible and incompressible flow solvers, pre-processing and grid generation, high performance computing, visualization and data management, uncertainty quantification, and optimal shape and process design. The CFD center has had several focus areas for many years, including blast-structure interaction, free-surface flows, dispersion in urban environments, haemodynamics of aneurysms and bloodpumps, and optimal shape design. The main purpose of the Center is to stimulate research productivity, interaction, and collaboration among its members, create a collective mentoring environment for young researchers, and disseminate breakthrough research results to the public.

Center for Quantum Science

The Center for Quantum Science at George Mason University gathers researchers from the Department of Physics and Astronomy whose interests span condensed matter physics, atomic, molecular and optical physics, materials science and high energy physics. The main purpose of the Center is to stimulate the research productivity, interaction, and collaboration among its members, create a collective mentoring environment for young researchers, and popularize its research areas to students and the public.

Quantum Materials Center

Space Weather Lab

Research at The Space Weather Lab furthers our understanding of the connected Sun-Earth system.

Magnetic Resonance Laboratory

The Magnetic Resonance Laboratory is directed by Dr. Karen L. Sauer, of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. The research of MRL seeks to understand and exploit spin-dynamics in such systems as nuclear quadrupole resonance and optically pumped atoms. In addition, we conduct research to push the noise in such systems to their fundamental limit, to reveal the full capability of magnetic resonance at low-fields both as an analytic tool and for the detection of contraband substances.

Extragalactic Research Group

The Extragalactic Research Group (ERG) at George Mason University conducts an active research program that centers on galaxy formation and evolution, supermassive black holes and their connection to host galaxies, and the physics of active galactic nuclei. Our research uses a broad range of both ground- and space-based observatories, including Chandra, XMM-Newton, HST, VLA, Arecibo, and Gemini.

Astrophysics of Exoplanets Instrumentation Laboratory

The Astrophysics of Exoplanets Instrumentation Lab develops novel instrumentation, modeling and observational techniques for the discovery, validation, and characterization of exoplanets. We develop NASA mission concepts including HabEx, EarthFinder, and NILE, build instruments for the George Mason University telescope, and use and participate in a variety of international collaborations, including the NASA TESS mission, the MINERVA-Australis telescope array, and the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility.