Hooper Group


Our research focuses on energetic materials and high strain-rate deformation of solids. We pursue both experimental and computational work in our group, ranging from high-velocity impact testing to atomistic scale simulations.



Joe Hooper, Assistant Professor of Physics

Office: Spanagel 102B

Email: jphooper@nps.edu

Phone: (831) 656-2601

Department of Physics

833 Dyer Way, Bldg 232, Room 102B

Monterey, CA 93943

Group photo, December 2012: (left to right) LT. Arbi Chokri, Ms. Yi Ming Tan, Dr. Joe Hooper, LT Amy Lees, LTJG Pat Smith, LT Brian Curran, Dr. Sufian Alnemrat

Student Thesis Opportunities:

Updated Oct. 2014. Students interested in the above or in other topics related to conventional weapons are encouraged to email jphooper@nps.edu or stop by Spanagel 102B.

Thermo- and mechanochromic sensors for high strain-rate loading:

In collaboration with NSWC Indian Head and UCSB, we are developing molecular scale sensors that aid in mapping out local stresses and hot spots following dynamic loading. Thesis topics including high strain-rate testing of mock explosive composites on our Hopkinson bar, and mapping out mesoscale hot spots in our in-situ Raman spectrometer.