Clemson University

Department of Physics and Astronomy

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118 Kinard Laboratory
Clemson, SC 29634-0978
(864) 656-3416
(864) 656-0805 (fax)

http://www.clemson.edu/ces/physics-astro/

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Specialties for Degree Program

Research specialty Degree type
PhD
(Theoretical/Experimental)
Master's
(Final degree/Enroute to PhD)
Astronomy Both Both
Astrophysics Both Both
Atmosphere, Space Physics, Cosmic Rays Both Both
Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics Experimental Both
Biophysics Both Both
Computational Physics Theoretical Both
Condensed Matter Physics Both Both
Nano Science and Technology Both Both
Physics of Beams Experimental Both
Quantum Foundations Theoretical Both
Solid State Physics Experimental Both
Theoretical Physics Theoretical Both

Departmental Research and Staff

THEORETICAL

Astrophysics

Nucleosynthesis; space astrophysics; stellar atmospheres; cosmic rays; gamma-ray bursts; supernova theory; origin of solar system; stellar evolution; cosmology.
Sean Brittain, Dieter Hartmann, J. King, Mark Leising, Bradley Meyer, Lih-Sin The

Atmosphere, Space Physics, Cosmic Rays

Atmospheric wave dynamics, propagation, and interaction with chemical and airglow processes; ionospheric electrodynamics: plasma; climate and weather of the sun-earth system.
Stephen Kaeppler, M. Larsen, Gerald Lehmacher, Xian Lu, J. Meriwether, Jens Oberheide

Biophysics

DNA repair mechanisms; quantum biology.
Emil Alexov, Feng Ding, Ramakrishna Podila

Computational Physics

Computational biophysics and bioinformatics; developing methods for modeling electrostatics in biological systems (DelPhi package); understanding the effects of missense mutations causing mental disorders and intellectual disability; predicting protein-protein interactions and 3D structures of the protein-protein complexes; computer simulations of protein-protein interactions modeling the role of conformation changes, pH, and salt concentration on biological function.
Emil Alexov, Murray Daw, Feng Ding, Xian Lu, D. Marinescu, Bradley Meyer, Sumanta Tewari

Condensed Matter Physics

Surface phenomena, including scattering; anharmonic effects in crystal lattices; magnetic, optic, and transport properties of semiconductor mesoscopic structures (quantum wells and superlattices); broken symmetry states; charge and spin density waves; non-equilibrium superconductivity; topological computation; high-temperature superconductivity; cold atomic physics in optical traps and lattices.
Murray Daw, Jian He, D. Marinescu, Apparao Rao, Chad Sosolik, Sumanta Tewari

Quantum Foundations

Foundations of quantum mechanics and astrophysics; cosmology; black holes.
Murray Daw

EXPERIMENTAL

Astronomy

Gamma-ray astronomy; observational astronomy; stellar evolution; stellar atmospheres; circumstellar evolution; planet formation; stellar accretia; abundance determinations; galactic chemical evolution; star clusters; close binary star systems.
Marco Ajello, Sean Brittain, Dieter Hartmann, J. King, Mark Leising, Bradley Meyer, Lih-Sin The

Atmosphere, Space Physics, Cosmic Rays

Rocket, radar, and spacecraft studies of ionospheric dynamics, electrodynamics, and plasma physics; studies of atmospheric dynamics and composition with LIDAR and Fabry-Perot systems; sounding rocket instrumentation, density, temperature, and turbulence in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere; satellite data analysis of vertical coupling processes.
Stephen Kaeppler, M. Larsen, Gerald Lehmacher, J. Meriwether

Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics

Experimental low-temperature atomic and molecular ion physics; laser trapping and cooling; cold chemistry; physics with highly charged ions.
Joan Marler, Chad Sosolik, Endre Takacs

Biophysics

Biomedical optical imaging; fluorescence tomography; optical spectroscopy; microwave imaging; ultrasound tomography; bioluminescence tomography; X-ray tomosynthesis; spectroscopy; DNA repair mechanisms; structure of biological molecules; biological effects of radiation damage; mechanisms of carcinogenesis; mechanisms for single-event effects in microelectronics; microdosimetry using microelectronic technology; structural biology of RNA; biomolecular structure function relationships; NMR spectroscopy; fluorescence spectroscopy; single-molecule biophysics; nanoscience.
Joshua Alper, Ramakrishna Podila, Apparao Rao, Hugo Sanabria

Condensed Matter Physics

Thermoelectric materials and applied physics; thermophysical properties of novel materials, including investigations of low-temperature heat capacity and thermal transport; investigations of thermal, magnetic, and electronic transport properties of exotic systems, low-dimensional conductors, strongly electron correlated materials, and phase transition materials; high-temperature thermophysical properties of novel materials; synthesis of thermoelectric nanomaterials and composite thermoelectrics.
Jian He, Ramakrishna Podila, Pooja Puneet, Apparao Rao, Chad Sosolik

Atomic and molecular beam interactions at surfaces; formation and characterization of surface nanostructures with an energetic beam and scanning tunneling microscope.
Jianbo Gao, Jian He, Ramakrishna Podila, Pooja Puneet, Apparao Rao, Chad Sosolik, Sumanta Tewari

Nano Science and Technology

Synthesis of nanostructured materials using electric arc discharge, pulsed laser vaporization, neutron scattering, and CVD methods; optical characterization of novel materials by Raman scattering, infrared/visible, and fluorescence spectroscopy; mechanical properties of one-dimensional materials and chem-bio sensing using harmonic detection of resonance technique; superconducting nanotubes.
Ramakrishna Podila, Apparao Rao

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