University of Colorado, Boulder

Department of Physics

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Boulder, CO 80309
(303) 735-0519
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Research Specialties and Staff

Research Specialties and Staff

University of Colorado, Boulder

Specialties for Degree Program

Research specialty Degree type
PhD
(Theoretical/Experimental)
Master's
(Final degree/Enroute to PhD)
Applied Physics Both Enroute-to-PHD
Astrophysics Both Enroute-to-PHD
Atmosphere, Space Physics, Cosmic Rays Both Enroute-to-PHD
Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics Both Enroute-to-PHD
Biophysics Both Enroute-to-PHD
Chemical Physics Both Enroute-to-PHD
Condensed Matter Physics Both Enroute-to-PHD
Cosmology & String Theory Both Enroute-to-PHD
Geophysics Both Enroute-to-PHD
High Energy Physics Both Enroute-to-PHD
Low Temperature Physics Both Enroute-to-PHD
Materials Science, Metallurgy Both Enroute-to-PHD
Nuclear Physics Both Enroute-to-PHD
Optics Both Enroute-to-PHD
Particles and Fields Both Enroute-to-PHD
Physics and other Science Education Both Enroute-to-PHD
Plasma and Fusion Both Enroute-to-PHD

Departmental Research and Staff

THEORETICAL

Astrophysics

Astrophysics is concentrated in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, but many of our Ph.D. students work with faculty at APS, JILA, CASA, and LASP.
Andrew Hamilton

Atmosphere, Space Physics, Cosmic Rays

Solar, space, and atmospheric plasma studies and lunar surface environment.
Mihaly Horanyi

Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics

Our AMO physics is concentrated in JILA, one of the leading research institutes in the world in this area. Research at JILA includes high-precision spectroscopy and precision measurement, ultracold cold atoms and molecules, ultrafast and ultra-high-power lasers, and micron- and nanometer-scale optics.
Andreas Becker, John Bohn, Jose D'Incao, Murray Holland, Agnieszka Jaron-Becker, Emanuel Knill, Ana Rey, Graeme Smith

Biophysics

Molecular motors and motors that can change their track; DNA-protein interactions; self-assembly of cytoskeletal materials; liquid crystalline aggregates.
Meredith Betterton, Matthew Glaser

Chemical Physics

Theory of ultracold chemical reactions; chemical reaction dynamics.
John Bohn

Condensed Matter Physics

Theoretical condensed-matter research on soft materials, strongly interacting quantum systems, fractional quantum Hall effect, exotic quantum states, and statistical mechanics of spin systems.
Paul Beale, Matthew Glaser, Victor Gurarie, Michael Hermele, Joseph Maclennan, Rahul Nandkishore, Leo Radzihovsky, Paul Romatschke

Geophysics

Physics of earth dynamics, including both gravitational and magnetic fields and tectonics and volcanism.
Michael Ritzwoller, Shijie Zhong

High Energy Physics

Non-perturbative QCD lattice gauge theories; grand unified theories; supersymmetry; string theory.
Senarath de Alwis, Thomas DeGrand, Oliver DeWolfe, Anna Hasenfratz, Ethan Neil

History & Philosophy of Physics/Science

History and philosophy of 20th-century physics, especially high-energy physics.

Nuclear Physics

Theory of highly relativistic ion collisions, relativistic fluids, and the quark-gluon plasma.
Daniel Bolton, Paul Romatschke

Optics

Ultrafast and ultra-high-power lasers and interactions.
Andreas Becker, Agnieszka Jaron-Becker

Particles and Fields

Non-perturbative QCD lattice gauge theories; grand unified theories; supersymmetry; string theory.
Senarath de Alwis, Thomas DeGrand, Oliver DeWolfe, Anna Hasenfratz, Ethan Neil

Physics and other Science Education

Uses of technology in physics education; assessments (conceptual, epistemological, and belief oriented); curricular and classroom materials at the middle- and upper-division levels; theoretical models of students learning physics; social and contextual foundations of student learning; examination of successful educational reforms and replication studies of such reforms; student problem-solving in physics.
Noah Finkelstein, Eleanor Hodby, Colin West, Bethany Wilcox, Donald Wilkerson

Plasma and Fusion

Theory of space and laboratory plasmas; plasma turbulence; magnetic reconnection. The Center for Integrated Plasma Studies is used.
John Cary, Martin Goldman, Mihaly Horanyi, Scott Parker, Dmitri Uzdensky

EXPERIMENTAL

Applied Physics

Research in materials science; nanomechanical systems; nano-optics; ultrafast, and ultra-high-power lasers.
Dana Anderson, Henry Kapteyn, Konrad Lehnert, Judah Levine, Margaret Murnane, Scott Papp, John Price, Charles Rogers, Thomas Schibli, Joel Ullom, Xiaobo Yin

Astrophysics

Astrophysics is concentrated in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Science, but many of our Ph.D. students work with faculty at APS, JILA, CASA, and LASP.
Jason Glenn, Nils Halverson

Atmosphere, Space Physics, Cosmic Rays

Solar, space, and atmospheric plasma studies; lunar surface environment.
Daniel Baker, Martin Goldman, Mihaly Horanyi, Sascha Kempf, Tobin Munsat

Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics

Our AMO physics is concentrated in JILA, one of the leading research institutes in the world in this area. Research at JILA includes high-precision spectroscopy and precision measurement, ultracold cold atoms and molecules, ultrafast and ultra-high-power lasers, and micron- and nanometer-scale optics.
Dana Anderson, Eric Cornell, Steven Cundiff, Scott Diddams, Juliet Gopinath, John Hall, Henry Kapteyn, Adam Kaufman, Konrad Lehnert, David Leibrandt, Judah Levine, Heather Lewandowski, Margaret Murnane, Scott Papp, Rafael Piestun, Markus Raschke, Cindy Regal, Thomas Schibli, Raymond Simmonds, James Thompson, Joel Ullom, David Wineland, Jun Ye

Biophysics

Atomic force spectroscopy of biological molecules; nanoassembly.
Meredith Betterton, Loren Hough, Thomas Perkins

Chemical Physics

Laser spectroscopy of molecules; ultracold molecules; state-resolved chemical reactions; nanometer/femtosecond measurements of electrons in molecules.
Meredith Betterton, Henry Kapteyn, Heather Lewandowski, Margaret Murnane, David Nesbitt, Thomas Perkins, Markus Raschke, Ivan Smalyukh

Condensed Matter Physics

Soft condensed-matter and liquid crystal physics; femtosecond optical, electron, and neutron spectroscopy on materials; nanoscale electronic structure studies of surfaces; electrical and mechanical properties of nanofabricated materials; low-temperature properties of exotic materials.
Gang Cao, Noel Clark, Daniel Dessau, Minhyea Lee, Konrad Lehnert, Joseph Maclennan, John Price, Markus Raschke, Dmitry Reznik, Charles Rogers, Thomas Schibli, Sean Shaheen, Ivan Smalyukh, Xiaobo Yin

Geophysics

Physics of earth dynamics, including both gravitational and magnetic fields and tectonics and volcanism.
Michael Calkins

High Energy Physics

The high-energy physics experimentalists are members of the CMS experiment at CERN, the T2K neutrino experiment at JPARC, the DUNE project at Fermilab/Homestake, and the NA61/Shine experiment at CERN.
John Cumalat, Alysia Marino, Patricia Rankin, Kevin Stenson, Keith Ulmer, Stephen Wagner, Eric Zimmerman

Low Temperature Physics

Low-temperature properties of exotic materials.
Eric Cornell, Heather Lewandowski, John Price, Cindy Regal, James Thompson, Jun Ye

Materials Science, Metallurgy

Electronic and mechanical properties of nanostructures.
Gang Cao, Daniel Dessau, John Price, Markus Raschke, Dmitry Reznik, Charles Rogers, Ivan Smalyukh, Xiaobo Yin

Nuclear Physics

Relativistic heavy ion collisions and medium-energy nuclear structure studies.
Edward Kinney, Jamie Nagle, Dennis Perepelitsa

Optics

Ultrafast and ultra-high-power lasers; femtosecond/nanoscale optics; nonlinear optics; integrated nano-optics.
Dana Anderson, Steven Cundiff, Scott Diddams, Juliet Gopinath, John Hall, Henry Kapteyn, Margaret Murnane, Rafael Piestun, Markus Raschke, Thomas Schibli, Jun Ye

Particles and Fields

The particle physics experimentalists are members of the CMS experiment at CERN, the T2K neutrino experiment at JPARC, the DUNE project at Fermilab/Homestake, and the NA61/Shine experiment at CERN.
John Cumalat, Alysia Marino, Kevin Stenson, Keith Ulmer, Stephen Wagner, Eric Zimmerman

Physics and other Science Education

Uses of technology in physics education; assessments (conceptual, epistemological, and belief oriented); curricular and classroom materials at the middle- and upper-division levels; theoretical models of students learning physics; social and contextual foundations of student learning; examination of successful educational reforms and replication studies of such reforms; student problem-solving in physics.
Michael Dubson, Heather Lewandowski, Katherine Perkins, Steven Pollock, Carl Wieman

Physics of Beams

Theoretical and experimental development of advanced beams, primarily through plasma wakefield accceleration.
John Cary, Michael Litos

Plasma and Fusion

Laboratory and space plasmas; measurement and assessment of turbulence and cross-field transport in magnetically confined plasmas; solar plasma observations; dusty plasmas; lunar surface environment. The Center for Integrated Plasma Studies, Colorado Center for Lunar Dust and Atmospheric Studies, is used.
Daniel Baker, Martin Goldman, Mihaly Horanyi, Sascha Kempf, Michael Litos, Tobin Munsat

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