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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
Biophysics
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, Nicolas Buchler, Henry Greenside, Michael Rubinstein, Joshua Socolar
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.
Harold Baranger, Thomas Barthel, Steffen Bass, Robert Brown, Shailesh Chandrasekharan, Patrick Charbonneau, Stefano Curtarolo, Henry Greenside, JianGuo Liu, Weitao Yang
Cosmology & String Theory
String theory; geometry of spacetime, supersymmetry and duality; mirror symmetry, general relativity.
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.
Harold Baranger, Thomas Barthel, David Beratan, Shailesh Chandrasekharan, Stefano Curtarolo, Iman Marvian, Weitao Yang
Neuroscience/Neuro Physics
Nicolas Brunel, Henry Greenside
Particles and Fields
Quantum chromodynamics and weak interactions; heavy quark physics; quarkgluon plasma; heavyion collisions; effective field theories of particle and nuclear interactions; lattice field theories and Monte Carlo simulations; strongly coupled field theories; thermalization.
Steffen Bass, Shailesh Chandrasekharan, Thomas Mehen, Berndt Mueller, Roxanne Springer
Polymer Physics/Science
Quantum Information and Matter
Harold Baranger, Thomas Barthel, Kenneth Brown, Shailesh Chandrasekharan, 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
Astrophysics and Cosmology
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.
Nicolas Buchler, Glenn Edwards, Christoph Schmidt, Bruce West
High Energy Physics
Precision tests of the Standard Model using the top quark, 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, Daniel Gauthier, 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.
Daniel Gauthier, Stephen Teitsworth
Nuclear Physics
QCD and weak interactions in nuclear physics; nucleon structure, 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, Anton Tonchev, 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.
Henry Everitt, Daniel Gauthier, Jungsang Kim, Maiken Mikkelsen, David Skatrud, David Smith
Physics of Beams
Beam physics; FEL and novel light source development; highintensity gammaray source; FEL applications; plasma accelerators.
Ying Wu