J.C.  Sanders

Professor of Physics & Director of Institutional Research

J.C. Sanders directory photo



Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Physics University of Connecticut 2011
M.S. Physics University of Connecticut 2007
M.S. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering The George Washington University 2004
B.S. Physics The College of New Jersey 2002


Dr. J.C. Sanders is a Professor of Physics and the Director of Institutional Research. Before joining the USAO faculty in 2011, he was an instructor at the University of Connecticut, where he completed his Ph.D.His research spans several disciplines including atomic physics, physics education, and aerospace engineering. Dr. Sanders' work involves theoretical and computational models for a variety of physical processes including heat conduction and the behavior of atoms and molecules near absolute zero. He also mentors undergraduate research students in physics .Dr. Sanders is the the director of the USAO Scholastic Meet, an academic competition that attracts over 1,000 students every spring and is part of the University’s Spring Triad with the Montmartre Chalk Art Festival and the Droverstock Music FestivalOutside of the classroom, Dr. Sanders is an avid road cyclist who rides thousands of miles each year, is a member of several local cycling clubs, and has raced competitively. He has participated in a variety of charity events, ridden over the Appalachian Gap mountain pass in Vermont, and his favorite climb in Oklahoma is Mount Scott at the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge.

Research, Presentations & Publications

J. Javanainen, O. Odong, J.C. Sanders, ``One- and two-atom states in a rotating ring lattice'', Phys. Rev. A, 85, 033637 (2012)
O. Odong, J.C. Sanders, J. Javanainen, ``Heterodimer of two distinguishable atoms in a one-dimensional optical lattice'', Phys. Rev. A, 84, 033613 (2011)
J.C. Sanders, O. Odong, J. Javanainen, M. Mackie, ``Bound states of two bosons in an optical lattice near an association resonance'', Phys. Rev. A, 83, 031607(R) (2011)
J. Javanainen, O. Odong, J.C. Sanders , Phys. Rev. A Kaleidoscope Images: April 2010, image from Phys. Rev. A, 81, 043609 (2010)
J. Javanainen, O. Odong, J.C. Sanders, ``Dimer of two bosons in a one-dimensional optical lattice'', Phys. Rev. A, 81, 043609 (2010)
J.C. Sanders, ``Nonlinear, Transient Conduction Heat Transfer Using A Discontinuous Galerkin Hierarchical Finite Element Method'', M.S. Thesis, The George Washington University (2004)