Arizona State University

Department of Physics

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P.O. Box 871504
Bateman Physical Sciences F-Wing
Tempe, AZ 85287-1504
(480) 965-0355
(480) 965-7954 (fax)

https://physics.asu.edu/

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Research Specialties and Staff

Research Specialties and Staff

Arizona State University

Specialties for Degree Program

Research specialty Degree type
PhD
(Theoretical/Experimental)
Master's
(Final degree/Enroute to PhD)
Applied Physics Experimental Both
Astronomy None -
Astrophysics Theoretical Both
Biophysics Both Both
Computer Science None -
Condensed Matter Physics Both Both
Electrical Engineering None -
Electromagnetism None -
Energy Sources & Environment Experimental Both
Engineering Physics/Science None -
Materials Science, Metallurgy Experimental Both
Mechanics None -
Nuclear Engineering None -
Nuclear Physics Both Both
Optics None -
Particles and Fields Theoretical Both
Statistical & Thermal Physics Theoretical Both

Departmental Research and Staff

THEORETICAL

Biological Physics and Biophysics

The biological physics group studies biological systems from the molecular to the cell level. With improved experimental data, biology is becoming much more quantitative. At ASU, we are researching the underlying principles involved in the machinery of living things and searching for unifying themes both within and between organisms in an interdisciplinary environment. Biological physics at ASU is a leader in this area and welcomes inquiries from prospective physics graduate students who would like to join one of our exciting research areas.
Oliver Beckstein, Richard Kirian, Stuart Lindsay, Dmitry Matyushov, Quan Qing, Peter Rez, Robert Ros, Otto Sankey, John Spence, Michael Thorpe, Sara Vaiana, Uwe Weierstall

Cosmology, Particle Physics and Astrophysics

Cosmology, Particle Physics and Astrophysics research at ASU specializes in several areas. Major focus is upon particles whose constituents interact so strongly that their interactions cannot be handled using perturbative techniques, and is upon key experiments designed to test nature’s fundamental symmetries. For example, the structure of hadrons (particles composed of quarks and gluons, which interact by means of the quantum field theory called quantum chromodynamics [QCD]), is one of our areas of theoretical and experimental specialty.
Ricardo Alarcon, Matthew Baumgart, Andrei Belitsky, Joseph Comfort, Paul Davies, Michael Dugger, Damien Easson, Cindy Keeler, Lawrence Krauss, Richard Lebed, Cecilia Lunardini, Philip Mauskopf, Maulik Parikh, Barry Ritchie, Tanmay Vachaspati

Education and Societal Impact

Physics interacts with society in many important ways. Within the university, the physics department teaches many undergraduate classes needed for future engineers and for many other professions. The general studies program involves most of our faculty and our graduate students who serve as teaching assistants. We offer professional degrees through the Master of Natural Science (M.N.S.) and Professional Science Master (P.S.M.) programs.
Gary Adams, Carl Covatto, Robert Culbertson, Armen Hakhoyan, Darya Makarova

Nanoscience and Materials Physics

At the nanometer length scale, materials and structures behave differently, offering exciting new opportunities for scientific discoveries as well as technological advances. Our faculty are working to define the cutting edge in many aspects of nanoscale physics. ASU is well-known for its John M. Cowley Center for High Resolution Electron Microscopy, where researchers use and develop new techniques for probing structural, magnetic, electronic and optical properties at the nanoscale.
Ernst Bauer, Ralph Chamberlin, Tingyong Chen, Robert Culbertson, Jeff Drucker, Nicole Herbots, Franz Koeck, Jingyue Liu, Robert Marzke, Martha McCartney, José Menendez, Robert Nemanich, John Page, Fernando Ponce, Peter Rez, Kevin Schmidt, David Smith, Mike Treacy, Kong-Thon Tsen, John Venables

EXPERIMENTAL

Biological Physics and Biophysics

The biological physics group studies biological systems from the molecular to the cell level. With improved experimental data, biology is becoming much more quantitative. At ASU, we are researching the underlying principles involved in the machinery of living things and searching for unifying themes both within and between organisms in an interdisciplinary environment. Biological physics at ASU is a leader in this area and welcomes inquiries from prospective physics graduate students who would like to join one of our exciting research areas.
Oliver Beckstein, Richard Kirian, Stuart Lindsay, Dmitry Matyushov, Quan Qing, Peter Rez, Robert Ros, Otto Sankey, John Spence, Michael Thorpe, Sara Vaiana, Uwe Weierstall

Cosmology, Particle Physics and Astrophysics

Cosmology, Particle Physics, and Astrophysics research at ASU specializes in several areas. Major focus is upon particles whose constituents interact so strongly that their interactions cannot be handled using perturbative techniques, and is upon key experiments designed to test nature’s fundamental symmetries. For example, the structure of hadrons (particles composed of quarks and gluons, which interact by means of the quantum field theory called quantum chromodynamics [QCD]), is one of our areas of theoretical and experimental specialty.
Ricardo Alarcon, Andrei Belitsky, Joseph Comfort, Paul Davies, Michael Dugger, Damien Easson, Lawrence Krauss, Richard Lebed, Cecilia Lunardini, Philip Mauskopf, Maulik Parikh, Barry Ritchie, Tanmay Vachaspati

Education and Societal Impact

Physics interacts with society in many important ways. Within the university, the physics department teaches many undergraduate classes needed for future engineers and for many other professions. The general studies program involves most of our faculty and our graduate students who serve as teaching assistants. We offer professional degrees through the Master of Natural Science (M.N.S.) and Professional Science Master (P.S.M.) programs.
Gary Adams, Carl Covatto, Armen Hakhoyan, Darya Makarova

Nanoscience and Materials Physics

At the nanometer length scale, materials and structures behave differently, offering exciting new opportunities for scientific discoveries as well as technological advances. Our faculty are working to define the cutting edge in many aspects of nanoscale physics. ASU is well known for its John M. Cowley Center for High Resolution Electron Microscopy, where researchers use and develop new techniques for probing structural, magnetic, electronic and optical properties at the nanoscale.
Ernst Bauer, Ralph Chamberlin, Tingyong Chen, Robert Culbertson, Jeff Drucker, Nicole Herbots, Franz Koeck, Jingyue Liu, Robert Marzke, Martha McCartney, José Menendez, Robert Nemanich, John Page, Fernando Ponce, Peter Rez, Kevin Schmidt, David Smith, Mike Treacy, Kong-Thon Tsen, John Venables, Uwe Weierstall

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