The Center of Applied Physics Studies (CAPS) is a research and educational unit of the Louisiana Tech University College of Engineering & Science. CAPS is housed in the Engineering Annex building, on the Louisiana Tech University main campus.
CAPS endeavors to nurture an advanced physics and engineering research and educational environment that maintains scientific individuality while creating opportunities for inter-disciplinary studies and shared resources. The Center actively encourages and seeks:
- World class research.
- Methods of combining and making the most efficient use of all facilities and personnel.
- Multidisciplinary team oriented environment .
- Faster and more efficient transfer of new technology from basic research into the realm of applied sciences and engineering.
- Educational opportunities that maximize the exposure of all types of students to cutting edge technology.
The research emphasis within CAPS is on particle physics and related application areas. CAPS researchers are currently involved in extensive research on experiments at Jefferson Accelerator Lab, Fermi National Accelerator Lab, CERN (the European Center for Particle Physics), and LIGO (the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave observatory). Interdisciplinary work is done with other centers on campus, such as the IfM and the Trenchless Technology Center, as well as other universities.