University of California, Santa Cruz

Department of Physics

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Santa Cruz, CA 95064
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Research Specialties and Staff

University of California, Santa Cruz

Specialties for Degree Program

Research specialty Degree type
PhD
(Theoretical/Experimental)
Master's
(Final degree/Enroute to PhD)
Acoustics Both Both
Astronomy Both Both
Astrophysics Both Both
Atmosphere, Space Physics, Cosmic Rays Both Both
Biophysics Experimental Enroute-to-PHD
Chemical Physics Experimental Both
Condensed Matter Physics Both Enroute-to-PHD
Energy Sources & Environment Experimental Both
Low Temperature Physics Both Both
Materials Science, Metallurgy Both Both
Particles and Fields Both Enroute-to-PHD
Physics and other Science Education Theoretical -
Physics of Beams Experimental Both
Polymer Physics/Science Both Both
Relativity & Gravitation Theoretical Both
Statistical & Thermal Physics Both Both

Departmental Research and Staff

THEORETICAL

Materials Program

The Condensed Matter Program at UCSC performs research in both statistical physics and highly correlated materials. A newly formed campus Materials Program includes condensed matter faculty and students from physics as well as from Chemistry, Earth Sciences and Electrical Engineering. The materials graduate group will allow a more coordinated research effort, both fundamental and applied, in novel materials such as graphene, complex oxides, and materials suitable for solar cells. It will allow graduate students to gain a broad interdisciplinary training that will lead to positions in industry and academia. The Materials Program is expected to significantly increase research funding and the number of graduate students in the participating departments. Condensed matter experimentalists benefit from faculty laboratory facilities on campus. Established on-campus facilities for condensed matter and materials include low temperature laboratories and solar energy laboratories. Two new laboratories being constructed for molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM).
Joshua Deutsch, Onuttom Narayan, B. Shastry, Sergey Syzranov

Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics (SCIPP)

Research in high-energy particle physics and astrophysics is done in the organized research unit, the Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics (SCIPP), with which two dozen faculty are affiliated. Both they and students play major roles in the ATLAS experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider and in planning future accelerators. They are intensely engaged with the Fermi Gamma-ray space Telescope, the Dark Energy Survey (DES), development of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) and the Bayon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS). They collaborate in major cosmic ray experiments (VERITAS and HAWC) and use satellites to study X-rays from space as well as questions about the atmosphere. SCIPP is a world leader in the development of custom readout electronics and silicon micro-strip sensors for state-of-the-art particle detection systems. SCIPP researchers apply these technologies in other scientific fields such as neurophysiology and biomedicine; the principal instrument on the Fermi satellite is another such application. SCIPP theorists work on the phenomenology of the Higgs particle and possible new physics which might be observed at the LHC, on building models to address limitations of the Standard Model, on dark matter and dark energy, on inflationary cosmology, and on simulations of the growth of structure in the universe. Particularly notable (and unusual) is the close connection between theorists and experimentalists on topics like the properties of the Higgs...
Anthony Aguirre, Michael Dine, Howard Haber, Joel Primack, Stefano Profumo

EXPERIMENTAL

Materials Group

The Condensed Matter Program at UCSC performs research in both statistical physics and highly correlated materials. A newly formed campus Materials Program includes condensed matter faculty and students from physics as well as from Chemistry, Earth Sciences and Electrical Engineering. The materials graduate group will allow a more coordinated research effort, both fundamental and applied, in novel materials such as graphene, complex oxides, and materials suitable for solar cells. It will allow graduate students to gain a broad interdisciplinary training that will lead to positions in industry and academia. The Materials Program is expected to significantly increase research funding and the number of graduate students in the participating departments. Condensed matter experimentalists benefit from faculty laboratory facilities on campus. Established on-campus facilities for condensed matter and materials include low temperature laboratories and solar energy laboratories. Two new laboratories being constructed for molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM).
David Belanger, Frank Bridges, David Lederman, Zack Schlesinger, David Smith, Jairo Velasco

NeuroProject

The NeuroProject involves Proton Computed Tomography for cancer therapy. This effort, supported by the NIH and other agencies, is a collaborative endeavor with biologists on the UCSC campus as well as at Stanford University and elsewhere. This program has extensive graduate student involvement.
Alexander Sher

Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics (SCIPP)

Research in high-energy particle physics and astrophysics is done in the organized research unit, the Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics (SCIPP), with which two dozen faculty are affiliated. Both they and students play major roles in the ATLAS experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider and in planning future accelerators. They are intensely engaged with the Fermi Gamma-ray space Telescope, the Dark Energy Survey (DES), development of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) and the Bayon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS). They collaborate in major cosmic ray experiments (VERITAS and HAWC) and use satellites to study X-rays from space as well as questions about the atmosphere. SCIPP is a world leader in the development of custom readout electronics and silicon micro-strip sensors for state-of-the-art particle detection systems. SCIPP researchers apply these technologies in other scientific fields such as neurophysiology and biomedicine; the principal instrument on the Fermi satellite is another such application. SCIPP theorists work on the phenomenology of the Higgs particle and possible new physics which might be observed at the LHC, on building models to address limitations of the Standard Model, on dark matter and dark energy, on inflationary cosmology, and on simulations of the growth of structure in the universe. Particularly notable (and unusual) is the close connection between theorists and experimentalists on topics like the properties of the Higgs boson, supersymmetry, the nature of dark matter, and the development of cosmic structure.
Michael Hance, Tesla Jeltema, Robert Johnson, Jason Nielsen, Steven Ritz, Bruce Schumm, Abraham Seiden

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