The University of Iowa

Department of Physics and Astronomy

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203 Van Allen Hall
30 N. Dubuque Street
Iowa City, IA 52242
(319) 335-1686
(319) 335-1753 (fax)

http://www.physics.uiowa.edu

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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 Both Both
Chemical Physics Experimental Both
Condensed Matter Physics Both Both
Electromagnetism Both Both
Engineering Physics/Science Both Both
Medical, Health Physics Experimental Both
Nuclear Physics Both Both
Optics Both Both
Particles and Fields Both Both
Plasma and Fusion Both Both
Polymer Physics/Science Experimental Both
Relativity & Gravitation Theoretical Both

Departmental Research and Staff

THEORETICAL

Astrophysics

Radiation-driven winds from hot stars; plasma waves and turbulence in the interplanetary and interstellar media; physics of nonthermal radio sources.
Kenneth Gayley, Gregory Howes, Robert Mutel, Steven Spangler

Atmosphere, Space Physics, Cosmic Rays

Physics of space magneto-plasmas and their kinetic properties; analytical and numerical solution of MHD, Vlasov, and Fokker-Planck equations; magnetic reconnection and plasma turbulence in the magnetotail; the solar corona and the solar wind.
Gregory Howes, Jack Scudder

Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics

Gauge interactions on optical lattices.
Yannick Meurice

Condensed Matter Physics

Strong correlation problems and magnetic properties of materials; electrical, magnetic, and optical properties of nanostructures; spintronics; quantum computation.
Michael Flatté, Craig Pryor, John Schweitzer

Mathematical Physics

Coherent states in semiconductors; carrier dynamics in semiconductor lasers and detectors; nonlinear propagation phenomena.
David Andersen, Michael Flatté, Craig Pryor

Nuclear Physics

Numerical and theoretical studies of reactions, structure, and electroweak Properties of few hadron and few quark systems using relativistic and nonrelativistic quantum mechanics and quantum field theory.
William Klink, Gerald Payne, Wayne Polyzou

Other

Mathematical methods with emphasis on group theory, operator algebras, infinite dimensional Lie algebras, and nonlinear dynamics; Yang Mill and Chern Simons theories.
William Klink, Yannick Meurice, Wayne Polyzou, Vincent Rodgers

Biomolecular simulations; Brownian and molecular dynamics simulations of biological macromolecules.
Adrian Elcock

Particles and Fields

Particle phenomenology of colliders and neutrino detectors; astroparticle physics and dark matter; renormalization group methods; lattice gauge theory; heavy flavor physics; gauge/gravity duals; superstrings.
Yannick Meurice, Mary Reno, Vincent Rodgers

Plasma and Fusion

Basic plasma physics; theoretical and computational studies of space; astrophysics; laboratory plasmas; turbulence in kinetic plasmas; development and implementation of high-performance gyrokinetic codes for first-principles simulation of kinetic plasmas; strongly coupled plasmas; high-energy-density plasmas; magnetic reconnection; sheaths; double layers; plasma-based electron sources.
Scott Baalrud, Gregory Howes

Relativity & Gravitation

Superstring theory; string theory; gauge/gravity duality; supergravity; conformal field theory; cosmology; representations of diffeomorphisms.
William Klink, Vincent Rodgers

EXPERIMENTAL

Astronomy

Radio, X-ray, and gamma-ray astronomy; very-long-baseline radio astronomy; interstellar radio scintillation; studies of the galactic center; radio continuum observations of galactic and extragalactic sources; radio-imaging spectroscopy; X-ray and gamma-ray observations of black holes, neutron stars, and the interstellar medium; jet ejection from black holes; plasma astrophysics, including radiation hydrodynamics, and astrophysical turbulence; X-ray and gamma-ray astronomical instrumentation; X-ray sounding rocket payloads; high-resolution X-ray spectroscopy.
Casey DeRoo, Hai Fu, Kenneth Gayley, Jasper Halekas, Allison Jaynes, Philip Kaaret, Cornelia Lang, David Miles, Robert Mutel, Steven Spangler

Atmosphere, Space Physics, Cosmic Rays

Space plasmas and atmospheric physics; collisionless magnetic reconnection; energetic particles and waves in the radiation belts; electric and magnetic fields; plasma instabilities; wave phenomena and radio emissions at earth, in planetary magnetospheres, and in the interplanetary medium; auroral phenomena and magnetosphere-ionsphere coupling, including global imaging; chemistry and physics of atmospheric dust.
Donald Gurnett, Jasper Halekas, Paul Kleiber, Craig Kletzing, Jack Scudder

Condensed Matter Physics

MBE growth and fabrication of III–V semiconductor nanomaterials and devices; synthesis and applications of organic semiconductors; electrical transport and magnetic properties of layered ternary transition metal sulfides; ultrafast optical and electronic properties of semiconductor quantum wells and superlattices; optical measurements of high-speed carrier dynamics, including transport, recombination, energy relaxation, and scattering in semiconductor structures and devices; soft condensed matter, including structure and waves in Coulomb crystals and 2D and 3D experiments under laboratory and microgravity conditions.
Thomas Boggess, John Prineas, John Schweitzer, Fatima Toor, Markus Wohlgenannt

Medical, Health Physics

Design of radiation detector systems for medical applications and nuclear medicine imaging; development of processing methodologies for analysis of medical images; development of high-speed electronics, associated hardware and application software for PET imaging devices; fabrication of nuclear targets and automated radiochemistry synthesis systems to produce PET radiopharmaceuticals.
Richard Hichwa, John Sunderland

Nuclear Physics

Study of Pb + Pb at 1000 TeV with CMS/LHC at CERN. Breakup of excited nuclei into large fragments using large national accelerators in the United States and Europe.
Yasar Onel

Other

Remotely controlled imaging telescope linked to regent's institutions.
Robert Mutel

Development of ultrafast optical sources and their use in spectroscopy of bulk and microstructure semiconductors; nonlinear optical properties of solid-state materials; coherent processes in semiconductors; semiconductor lasers, detectors, and other photonic devices.
David Andersen, Thomas Boggess, John Prineas, Markus Wohlgenannt

Particle Physics

Higgs, SUSY, and beyond the Standard Model searches at Fermilab, CMS/LHC, and ATLAS/LHC; Liquid Argon Calorimeter Upgrade; study of charm baryons at Fermilab; quartz fiber Cherenkov calorimetry development for collider physics at Iowa-HEP laboratory; silicon pixel and microstrip detector development at Fermilab and silicon pixel study in ATLAS/LHC; digital calorimetry, Compton polarimeter, and Particle Flow Algorithm development for a high-energy e+e– linear collider.
Usha Mallik, Jane Nachtman, Yasar Onel

Plasma and Fusion

Plasma waves and instabilities; nonlinear particle dynamics; negative ion plasmas; dusty plasma; interdisciplinary study of strongly coupled Coulomb crystal structure and dynamics; laboratory simulation of space and astrophysical plasmas; microgravity experiments; technological topics, including biomedical applications of plasmas, laser scattering and laser-induced fluorescence diagnostics of plasmas, plasma source for plasma processing, and particulate contamination in plasma processing.
John Goree, Craig Kletzing, Karl Lonngren, Robert Merlino, Frederick Skiff

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