Washington University

Department of Physics

1 Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130
(314) 935-6250
(314) 935-6219 (fax)

http://physics.wustl.edu/

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Specialties for Degree Program

Research specialty Degree type
PhD
(Theoretical/Experimental)
Master's
(Final degree/Enroute to PhD)
Astrophysics Both Enroute-to-PHD
Atmosphere, Space Physics, Cosmic Rays Both Enroute-to-PHD
Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics Both -
Biophysics Both Enroute-to-PHD
Computational Physics Theoretical Enroute-to-PHD
Condensed Matter Physics Both Enroute-to-PHD
High Energy Physics Both Enroute-to-PHD
Materials Science, Metallurgy Both Enroute-to-PHD
Neuroscience/Neuro Physics Both Enroute-to-PHD
Non-specialized None Final-degree
Nuclear Physics Both Enroute-to-PHD
Particles and Fields Theoretical Enroute-to-PHD
Planetary Science Both Enroute-to-PHD
Relativity & Gravitation Both Enroute-to-PHD
Solid State Physics Theoretical Enroute-to-PHD
Statistical & Thermal Physics Theoretical Enroute-to-PHD
Theoretical Physics Theoretical Enroute-to-PHD

Departmental Research and Staff

THEORETICAL

Astrophysics

Ultradense matter, neutron stars, and quark stars; superfluidity and color superconductivity in compact stars; high-energy astrophysics and astroparticle physics; black holes and their jets.
Mark Alford, Ramanath Cowsik, Willem Dickhoff, Francesc Ferrer, Jonathan Katz

Biophysics

Force generation in biological systems; self-assembly of biopolymer networks; neural networks; computational neuroscience; nonlinear dynamics. Microbial ecology; quantitative evolution; microbiome.
Anders Carlsson, Mikhail Tikhonov, Ralf Wessel

Computational Physics

Parallel computation; simulation; numerical analysis; first-principles calculations.
Li Yang

Condensed Matter Physics

Quantum fluids; strongly correlated electron systems; metal-insulator transitions; non-Fermi liquids; quantum criticality; superconductivity; spin systems; quantum Hall effect; one-dimensional and two-dimensional materials; soft condensed matter; magnetism; topological order; amorphous and complex ordered structures; glass transition; electronic structure; orbital order; statistical mechanics; mesoscopic physics; optimization and network problems; cold atom physics; excitonic effects.
Zohar Nussinov, Alexander Seidel, Li Yang

High Energy Physics

Physics beyond the standard model; dark matter cosmology.
Bhupal Dev, Francesc Ferrer

Nuclear Physics

Many-body theory of nuclear matter and finite nuclei. Ultradense matter, neutron stars, and quark stars; superfluidity and color superconductivity in compact stars;
Mark Alford, Willem Dickhoff

Particles and Fields

Quantum chromodynamics; non-Abelian gauge theories and confinement; quark matter; color superconductivity; PT-symmetric theories; semiclassical approximations.
Mark Alford, Michael Ogilvie

Relativity & Gravitation

Galactic dynamics; dark matter; cosmology.
Ramanath Cowsik, Francesc Ferrer

Theoretical Physics

Mark Alford, Anders Carlsson, Ramanath Cowsik, Bhupal Dev, Willem Dickhoff, Francesc Ferrer, Jonathan Katz, Henric Krawczynski, Zohar Nussinov, Michael Ogilvie, Alexander Seidel, Li Yang

EXPERIMENTAL

Astrophysics

Solid state, ion microprobe, noble gas mass spectrometric, and electron microscope investigations of ancient stardust in meteorites and interplanetary dust; nucleosynthesis, stellar evolution, origin, and evolution of the solar system, including planetary atmospheres and organic molecules; early chronology from studies of (now) extinct isotopes.
W. Binns, James Buckley, Ramanath Cowsik, Martin Israel, Henric Krawczynski, Nan Liu, Alex Meshik, Ryan Ogliore, Olga Pradivtseva, Brian Rauch

Atmosphere, Space Physics, Cosmic Rays

Laboratory and astronomical searches for dark matter.
W. Binns, Brian Rauch

Biophysics

Biophysics of neural computation; physics of single neurons; single-molecule imaging; systems cell biology.
Shankar Mukherji, Ralf Wessel

Condensed Matter Physics

Hydrogen in metals and ionic and complex solids; nucleation and phase transitions in liquid and solids; synchrotron x-ray diffraction and thermophysical property measurements of equilibrium and non-equilibrium liquids; x-ray and electron microscopy; superconductivity and magnetism under extreme pressures; high-Tc superconductivity; pressure-induced insulator-to-metal transitions; elastic and viscoelastic properties of composites; nanocrystalline materials; thin film growth and characterization; wide and narrow-gap semiconductors; extraordinary magnetoresistance; physisorbed (2D) matter; nuclear magnetic resonance; photoluminescence and photoconductivity in conducting polymers; electron microscopy and inelastic electron scattering in solids; tensile stress-dependent transport properties of narrow-gap semiconductors; 2D physics and magnetic frustration in layered double hydroxides.
Erik Henriksen, Kenneth Kelton, Kater Murch

High Energy Physics

Cosmic-ray elemental and isotopic composition and energy spectra; gamma-ray and x-ray astrophysics of galactic and extragalactic sources; observations from spacecraft and high-altitude balloons; astrophysics of the highest-energy galactic and extragalactic gamma-ray sources; observations with ground-based atmospheric Cherenkov detectors; correlated optical observations of high-energy astronomical transients; observations of very-high-energy neutrinos from high-altitude balloons over Antarctica.
W. Binns, James Buckley, Martin Israel, Henric Krawczynski, Brian Rauch

Neuroscience/Neuro Physics

Neural circuits dynamic and computation.
Ralf Wessel

Planetary Science

Cosmochemistry
Nan Liu, Ryan Ogliore

Relativity & Gravitation

Tests of the equivalence principle; study of forces in the submillimeter domain, including Casimir forces, axion exchange, and violations of the inverse square law of gravitation.
Ramanath Cowsik

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