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Duke University
Research specialty  Degree type  
PhD (Theoretical/Experimental) 
Master's (Final degree/Enroute to PhD) 

Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics  Experimental   
Biophysics  Both   
Geometry and Theoretical Physics  Theoretical   
High Energy Physics  Experimental   
Medical, Health Physics  Both   
Nanophysics  Both   
Nonlinear Dynamics and Complex Systems  Both   
Nuclear and Particle Theory  Theoretical   
Nuclear Physics  Experimental   
Photonics and Quantum Information  Experimental   
Physics of Beams  Both   
Relativity & Gravitation  Theoretical   
THEORETICAL
EXPERIMENTAL
Computational Physics
Computational physics; numerical techniques for solving nonlinear partial differential equations; Monte Carlo algorithms in field theory and statistical mechanics; molecular dynamics; networks; largescale computations on vector and parallel computers. Computational methods in fluid dynamics, material sciences, plasma physics, and geophysical flow; emergent behavior in flocking and swarming; numerical analysis and scientific computing.Tensor network state techniques for quantum manbody systems right after "Monte Carlo algorithms in field theory and statistical mechanics."
Harold Baranger, Thomas Barthel, Steffen Bass, Robert Brown, Shailesh Chandrasekharan, Patrick Charbonneau, Stefano Curtarolo, Henry Greenside, JianGuo Liu, Weitao Yang
Geometry / Theoretical Physics
String theory is hoped to provide a theory of all fundamental physics encompassing both quantum mechanics and general relativity; Geometric analysis with applications to general relativity and the largescale geometry of spacetimes; Problems connected to the interplay of gravity and light (gravitational lensing, general relativity, astrophysics, cosmology); String theory, the most ambitious attempt yet at a comprehensive theory of the fundamental structure of the universe.
Paul Aspinwall, Hubert Bray, Arlie Petters, M. Plesser
Nanophysics
Coherence and correlations in nanoscale systems like quantum dots and carbon nanotubes; coulomb blockade; quantum impurity effects; quantum phase transitions; quantum computing quantum entanglement; quantum information; thermodynamics of materials; density functional theory. Quantum manybiody theory and numerics, strongly correlated systems, quantum informatio, phase transitionss, response functions, nonequilibrium phenomena, open systems, tensor network state techniques.
Harold Baranger, Thomas Barthel, David Beratan, Shailesh Chandrasekharan, Albert Chang, Patrick Charbonneau, Stefano Curtarolo, Gleb Finkelstein, Sara Haravifard, Jianfeng Lu, Maiken Mikkelsen, David Smith, Joshua Socolar, Stephen Teitsworth, Weitao Yang
Polymer Physics/Science
Quantum Information Science
Theory of quantum phenomena at the nanometer scale; manybody effects in quantum dots and wires; conduction through single molecules; quantum computing; quantum phase transitions; Quantum manybody theory, strongly correlated systems, entanglement, phase transitions, response functions, nonequilibrium phenomena, simulation using DMRG and tensor network states; Theoretical and numerical investigation of ultracold atoms in optical lattices, phase transitions, nonequilibrium, thermometry; Mathematical analysis and algorithm development for problems from computational physics, theoretical chemistry, material sciences and others.
Harold Baranger, Thomas Barthel, Kenneth Brown, Jianfeng Lu, Iman Marvian
Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
Nonlinear and complex systems; computational studies of nonlinear and biological systems including genetic networks, heart and brain dynamics; collective behavior in matter and dynamical systems; spin glasses and glasses; adaptive algorithms; static and dynamic critical behavior in optics and magnetism; granular materials network dynamics; fractal growth; granular matter; in and outofequilibrium dynamical properties of materials selfassembly; microphase formation; protein aggregation; glass and gel formation; stochastic dynamics of farfromequilibrium systems.
Nicolas Brunel, Patrick Charbonneau, Henry Greenside, JianGuo Liu, Joshua Socolar, Stephen Teitsworth
Theoretical Neuroscience
Dynamics of networks of spiking neurons: irregular activity, oscillations; Models of synaptic plasticity, learning and memory; fixed point attractors, temporal sequences.
Nicolas Brunel, Henry Greenside
Theoretical Theoretical Nuclear and Particle Physics
Study of Quantum
Chromodynamics (QCD); nuclear matter at extreme energy density; physics
of the Quark Gluon Plasma (QGP) and ultrarelativistic heavyion
collisions used to create such a QGP under controlled laboratory
conditions; effective field theory for hadronic physics and weak
interactions; softcollinear effective field theory; heavy quark
physics; qubit and lattice techniques for quantum field theories and
many body physics; quantum critical behavior.
Steffen Bass, Shailesh Chandrasekharan, Thomas Mehen, Berndt Mueller, Roxanne Springer
Astrophysics and Cosmology
Direct searches for dark matter; Experimental Nuclear & Particle AstroPhysics, Double Beta Decay, Neutrinos and Dark Matter; Astrophysical neutrinos; Experimental particle physics and particle astrophysics; neutrino physics with beam, atmospheric and supernova neutrinos (SuperK, T2K, LBNE, HALO, SNEWS); Measuring dark energy and the Hubble constant with Type Ia Supernovae as part of DES, PanSTARRS, SH0ES, LSST and WFIRST. Followup of EM counterparts to GW events; Observational and theoretical cosmology. Constraining cosmological models with weak gravitational lensing and largescale structure in DES, LSST, and WFIRST; Cosmology and Particleastrophysics; Experimental Particle Physics, Observational Cosmology, studies of Dark Energy, Neutrino Physics, ParticleAstrophysics. (LSST, The Dark Energy Science Collaboration, SuperKamiokande).
Philip Barbeau, Hubert Bray, Arlie Petters, Kate Scholberg, Daniel Scolnic, Michael Troxel, Christopher Walter
Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics
Quantum optics; single photon switching; quantum information; new technologies for optical communication; single photon sources; electromagnetic properties of materials; photonic crystals and metamaterials; molecular and biomolecular imaging.
Kenneth Brown, Jungsang Kim, Maiken Mikkelsen, David Smith, Warren Warren
Biophysics
Emergent properties and tissue dynamics; fast thermodynamics in lasertissue interactions; applications of freeelectron lasers to biology and medicine; characterization and control of heart dynamics; stochastic processes in biological systems; optical analysis of molecular dynamics in single synapses; optical stimulation of single synapses; development of highresolution imaging techniques; evolution of bistable and oscillatory dynamics in gene networks.
Glenn Edwards, Christoph Schmidt, Warren Warren
High Energy Physics
Precision tests of the Standard Model using the top quark,Bmesons, W, Z, and Higgs bosons;searches for new fundamental symmetries and extra dimensions; tests of the QCD hadron production models; studies of neutrino properties; neutrino oscillations; neutrino scattering; neutrino astrophysics; research program based at Fermilab, CERN, ORNL, and in Japan; stateoftheart wire chamber and silicon detector development and construction; electronics design for highenergy physics experiments.
Ayana Arce, Philip Barbeau, Alfred Goshaw, Ashutosh Kotwal, Mark Kruse, Seog Oh, Kate Scholberg, Christopher Walter
Medical, Health Physics
Biomedical imaging; magnetic resonance imaging; magnetic resonance microscopy, Xray microscopy, tomography, and microPET; Xray imaging, breast tomosynthesis, dualenergy imaging, Monte Carlo simulation; radiation dose and image quality; imaging optimization.
James Dobbins, Bastiaan Driehuys, Allan Johnson, Anuj Kapadia, Ehsan Samei
Nano Science and Technology
Electronic properties of carbon nanotubes, nanocrystals, semiconductor quantum dots, and selfassembled DNA structures; physics of Luttinger liquids; scanning tunneling; capacitance and atomic force microscopy; optoelectronic processes in semiconductor microstructures; subpicosecond optical characterization of nanostructures; nanometerscale photonic, plasmonic, and phononic band engineering; solidstate spintronics,
quantum information science, nanophotonics; nonlinear electronic transport in semiconductor nanostructures.
Thomas Barthel, Albert Chang, Henry Everitt, Gleb Finkelstein, Sara Haravifard, Maiken Mikkelsen, David Smith, Stephen Teitsworth
Nonlinear Dynamics and Complex Systems
Nonlinear and complex systems; granular materials; dynamics of granular flow; chaotic networks; pattern formation and spatiotemporal chaos in farfromequilibrium fluids and electronic systems; noiseinduced dynamics in farfromequilibrium systems.
Joshua Socolar, Stephen Teitsworth
Nuclear Physics
QCD and weak interactions in nuclear physics; nucleon structure hadronization, fewnucleon systems, and nucleonnucleon interactions; electromagnetic nuclear physics; testing QCD using real photon beams; fundamental symmetry studies with ultracold neutrons, e.g., search for neutron electric dipole moment; Coherent neutrino scattering, double betadecay searches; nuclear astrophysics.
Philip Barbeau, Haiyan Gao, Calvin Howell, Anselm Vossen, Ying Wu
Photonics and Quantum Information
Highdatarate quantum key distribution; highbrightness hyperentangled sources; multimode quantum communication; multielement photon counting detector development; solidstate spin qubits.
Kenneth Brown, Henry Everitt, Jungsang Kim, Maiken Mikkelsen, David Smith, Adam Wax
Physics of Beams
Beam physics; FEL and novel light source development; highintensity gammaray source; FEL applications; plasma accelerators.
Ying Wu
Quantum Materials
Synthesis and measurement of emergent critical behavior in correlated electron systems, particularly frustrated quantum spin compounds and high temperature superconductors. Neutron scattering studies of novel materials.
Olivier Delaire, Sara Haravifard