University of Connecticut

Department of Physics

2152 Hillside Road
Storrs, CT 06269-3046
(860) 486-0449
(860) 486-3346 (fax)

http://www.physics.uconn.edu

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Research Specialties and Staff

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Specialties for Degree Program

Research specialty Degree type
PhD
(Theoretical/Experimental)
Master's
(Final degree/Enroute to PhD)
Applied Physics Experimental Both
Astronomy Experimental Both
Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics Both Both
Chemical Physics Both Both
Condensed Matter Physics Both Both
Engineering Physics/Science Experimental Both
Geophysics Theoretical Both
Low Temperature Physics Experimental Both
Materials Science, Metallurgy Both Both
Nuclear Physics Both Both
Optics Experimental Both
Particles and Fields Theoretical Both
Polymer Physics/Science Both Both

Departmental Research and Staff

THEORETICAL

Astrophysics

Dark matter, dark energy, and the cosmological constant problem; interplay of cosmology and particle physics; neutrino oscillations; applications of standard and alternate gravity theories to astrophysics and cosmology; astrophysical plasmas and neutral gas; physics of the heliosphere; new astrophysical sources of X-ray emission; applications of quantum collision theory to the physics of planetary atmospheres and interstellar gas.
Cara Battersby, Vasili Kharchenko, Ronald Mallett, Philip Mannheim, Jonathan Trump, Katherine Whitaker

Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics

Atomic and molecular structure; interaction of light with atoms; Bose-Einstein condensation; ultracold collisions; quantum coherence and quantum information.
Robin Côté, Juha Javanainen, Vasili Kharchenko, Susanne Yelin

Condensed Matter Physics

Electronic properties of point imperfections in ionic solids; thermal and electronic properties of transition metals; thermal conduction by lattice waves and electrons; spin physics in semiconductors; light-matter interactions.
Alexander Balatsky, Elena Dormidontova, Gayanath Fernando, Susanne Yelin

High Energy Physics

Theoretical particle physics; lattice gauge theory, quantum chromodynamics, and quantum electrodynamics; neutrino oscillations.
Thomas Blum, Gerald Dunne, Luchang Jin, Alex Kovner, Philip Mannheim, Peter Schweitzer

Nuclear Physics

Scattering and rearrangement reactions of projectiles on nuclei; saturation physics; theory and phenomenology of strong interactions.
Kyungseon Joo, Alex Kovner, Peter Schweitzer

Polymer Physics/Science

Self-assembling polymers; polymer/nanoparticle mixtures.
Alexander Balatsky, Elena Dormidontova

EXPERIMENTAL

Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics

Cold ion-neutral collisions; quasimolecular processes in heavy ion collisions; laser spectroscopy and atomic and molecular interactions; laser cooling and trapping of atoms; high-intensity, short-pulse laser physics; precision laser spectroscopy; ultracold molecules and plasmas.
Nora Berrah, George Gibson, Phillip Gould, Daniel McCarron, William Stwalley, Carlos Trallero-Herrero

Condensed Matter Physics

Electronic structure of alloys; magnetically ordered systems; high-temperature superconductivity; surface modification; point defects in nonmetallic crystals via ESR; NMR and magnetization studies of metals and alloys; point defects in ionic crystals via optical methods; laser spectroscopy of solids; angular-dependent electron spectroscopy from surfaces; semiconductor laser technology and fiber-optic transmission systems; neutron scattering; photoemission; X-ray absorption spectroscopy; very high-peak-power ps diodes for material processing; broadly tunable diodes and novel mux/demux devices for DWDM.
Niloy Dutta, Douglas Hamilton, Jason Hancock, Menka Jain, Cynthia Peterson, Boris Sinkovic, Barrett Wells

Geophysics

Deep earth and planetary structure; elastic wave propagation; earthquake source properties.
Vernon Cormier

Nuclear Physics

Nuclear astrophysics; nuclear structure; the structure of the nucleon; low-energy QCD; meson spectroscopy.
Richard Jones, Kyungseon Joo, Andrew Puckett, Alan Wuosmaa

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