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20162017 graduate programs in physics, astronomy, and other physical sciences  
Duke UniversityDepartment of Physics 
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Research specialty  Degree type  
PhD (Theoretical/Experimental) 
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Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics  Experimental   
Biophysics  Both   
Geometry and Theoretical Physics  Theoretical   
High Energy Physics  Experimental   
Medical, Health Physics  Both   
Nanophysics  Both   
Nonlinear Dynamics and Complex Systems  Both   
Nuclear and Particle Theory  Theoretical   
Nuclear Physics  Experimental   
Photonics and Quantum Information  Experimental   
Physics of Beams  Both   
Relativity & Gravitation  Theoretical   
Departmental Research and Staff
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THEORETICAL
Biophysics
Generation, storage, and learning of temporal sequences in songbirds in terms of experimentally known anatomy, physiology, and connectivity of neurons in a songbird's brain. Structure and function of complex dynamical networks, especially genetic regulatory networks. Information transfer between complex networks.
Nicolas Buchler, Henry Greenside, Joshua Socolar
Computational Physics
Computational physics; numerical techniques for solving nonlinear partial differential equations; Monte Carlo algorithms in field theory and statistical mechanics; molecular dynamics; networks; largescale computations on vector and parallel computers. Computational methods in fluid dynamics, material sciences, plasma physics, and geophysical flow; emergent behavior in flocking and swarming; numerical analysis and scientific computing.
Harold Baranger, Steffen Bass, Robert Brown, Shailesh Chandrasekharan, Patrick Charbonneau, Henry Greenside, JianGuo Liu, Weitao Yang
Cosmology & String Theory
String theory; geometry of spacetime, supersymmetry and duality; mirror symmetry, general relativity.
Paul Aspinwall, Hubert Bray, Arlie Petters, M. Plesser
Nanophysics
Coherence and correlations in nanoscale systems like quantum dots and carbon nanotubes; coulomb blockade; quantum impurity effects; quantum phase transitions; quantum computing quantum entanglement; quantum information; thermodynamics of materials; density functional theory.
Harold Baranger, David Beratan, Shailesh Chandrasekharan, Stefano Curtarolo, Weitao Yang
Nonlinear Dynamics and Complex Systems
Nonlinear and complex systems; computational studies of nonlinear and biological systems including genetic networks, heart and brain dynamics; collective behavior in matter and dynamical systems; spin glasses and glasses; adaptive algorithms; static and dynamic critical behavior in optics and magnetism; granular materials network dynamics; fractal growth; granular matter; in and outofequilibrium dynamical properties of materials selfassembly; microphase formation; protein aggregation; glass and gel formation; stochastic dynamics of farfromequilibrium systems.
Nicolas Buchler, Patrick Charbonneau, Henry Greenside, JianGuo Liu, Joshua Socolar, Stephen Teitsworth
Particles and Fields
Quantum chromodynamics and weak interactions; heavy quark physics; quarkgluon plasma; heavyion collisions; effective field theories of particle and nuclear interactions; lattice field theories and Monte Carlo simulations; strongly coupled field theories; thermalization.
Steffen Bass, Shailesh Chandrasekharan, Thomas Mehen, Berndt Mueller, Roxanne Springer
EXPERIMENTAL
Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics
Slow, fast, and stored light; quantum optics; single photon switching; quantum information; optical noise; optoelectronics; new technologies for optical communication; electromagnetic properties of materials; photonic crystals and metamaterials; molecular and biomolecular imaging.
Daniel Gauthier, Jungsang Kim, David Smith, Warren Warren
Biophysics
Emergent properties and tissue dynamics; fast thermodynamics in lasertissue interactions; applications of freeelectron lasers to biology and medicine; characterization and control of heart dynamics; stochastic processes in biological systems; optical analysis of molecular dynamics in single synapses; optical stimulation of single synapses; development of highresolution imaging techniques; evolution of bistable and oscillatory dynamics in gene networks.
Nicolas Buchler, Glenn Edwards, Bruce West
High Energy Physics
Precision tests of the Standard Model using the top quark, W, Z, and Higgs bosons; searches for new fundamental symmetries and extra dimensions; tests of the QCD hadron production models; studies of neutrino properties; searches for proton decay; neutrino astrophysics; research program based at Fermilab, CERN, and in Japan; stateoftheart wire chamber and silicon detector development and construction; electronics design for highenergy physics experiments.
Ayana Arce, Alfred Goshaw, Ashutosh Kotwal, Mark Kruse, Seog Oh, Kate Scholberg, Christopher Walter
Medical, Health Physics
Biomedical imaging; magnetic resonance imaging; magnetic resonance microscopy, Xray microscopy, tomography, and microPET; Xray imaging, breast tomosynthesis, dualenergy imaging, Monte Carlo simulation; radiation dose and image quality; imaging optimization.
James Dobbins, Bastiaan Driehuys, Allan Johnson, Ehsan Samei
Nano Science and Technology
Electronic properties of carbon nanotubes, nanocrystals, semiconductor quantum dots, and selfassembled DNA structures; physics of Luttinger liquids; scanning tunneling; capacitance and atomic force microscopy; optoelectronic processes in semiconductor microstructures; subpicosecond optical characterization of nanostructures; nanometerscale photonic, plasmonic, and phononic band engineering; solidstate spintronics,
quantum information science, nanophotonics; nonlinear electronic transport in semiconductor nanostructures.
Albert Chang, Henry Everitt, Gleb Finkelstein, Daniel Gauthier, Maiken Mikkelsen, David Smith, Stephen Teitsworth
Nonlinear Dynamics and Complex Systems
Nonlinear and complex systems; granular materials; dynamics of granular flow; quantum chaos in classical wave systems; chaotic networks; pattern formation and spatiotemporal chaos in farfromequilibrium fluids and electronic systems; RayleighBernard convection.
Robert Behringer, Nicolas Buchler, Karen Daniels, Daniel Gauthier, Stephen Teitsworth
Nuclear Physics
QCD and weak interactions in nuclear physics; nucleon structure and nucleonnucleon interactions; physics of few nucleon systems; electromagnetic nuclear physics; radiative capture reactions using polarized proton and deuteron beams; testing QCD with highintensity gammaray source; fundamental symmetry studies with ultracold neutrons and the search for neutron electric dipole moment; neutrino oscillations using detectors at KAMLAND; double betadecay; nuclear astrophysics.
Mohammad Ahmed, Philip Barbeau, Haiyan Gao, Calvin Howell, Anton Tonchev
Photonics and Quantum Information
Highdatarate quantum key distribution; highbrightness hyperentangled sources; multimode quantum communication; multielement photon counting detector development; solidstate spin qubits.
Henry Everitt, Daniel Gauthier, Jungsang Kim, Maiken Mikkelsen, David Skatrud, David Smith
Physics of Beams
Beam physics; FEL and novel light source development; highintensity gammaray source; FEL applications; plasma accelerators.
Tom Katsouleas, Ying Wu