North Carolina State University, Raleigh

Department of Physics

2401 Stinson Drive
Raleigh, NC 27695-8202
(919) 515-2521
(919) 515-6538 (fax)

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North Carolina State University, Raleigh

Specialties for Degree Program

Research specialty Degree type
(Final degree/Enroute to PhD)
Applied Physics Both Enroute-to-PHD
Astrophysics Both Enroute-to-PHD
Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics Both Enroute-to-PHD
Biophysics Both Enroute-to-PHD
Condensed Matter Physics Both Enroute-to-PHD
Fluids, Rheology Both Enroute-to-PHD
Materials Science, Metallurgy Both Enroute-to-PHD
Nano Science and Technology Both Enroute-to-PHD
Nuclear Physics Both Enroute-to-PHD
Optics Both Enroute-to-PHD
Particles and Fields Both Enroute-to-PHD
Physics and other Science Education Both Enroute-to-PHD
Polymer Physics/Science Both Enroute-to-PHD
Relativity & Gravitation Both Enroute-to-PHD
Statistical & Thermal Physics Both Enroute-to-PHD

Departmental Research and Staff


Computational Biophysics

The computational biological physics groups investigate the connection between the structure and function of biological molecules. In particular, they are interested in exact atomistic descriptions of nucleic acids, proteins, and their interactions. Members of the group are co-authors of widely-used packages for molecular dynamics simulations.
Jerzy Bernholc, Christopher Roland, Celeste Sagui

Computational Condensed Matter Physics

Large-scale simulations of real materials, semiconductors, nanotubes, and related nanoscale structures; quantum Monte Carlo simulations; O(N) and multiscale methods; quantum transport; nanostructured materials; phase separation; ferrofluids liquid-state theory; interfaces; diffusion; neural networks; pattern formation; electronic properties of transition-metal oxides and silicates.
Jerzy Bernholc, Alexander Kemper, Wenchang Lu, Lubos Mitas

Theoretical and Computational Astrophysics

Theoretical modeling and numerical simulations of supernovae and remnants, gamma-ray bursts; general relativity, numerical methods for general relativity, gravitational radiation from supernovae and colliding black holes; accretion onto compact objects, and planetary nebulae; shock waves, particle acceleration, and cosmic rays; neutrinos and nucleosynthesis in supernovae and gamma-ray bursts.
John Blondin, J. Brown, Carla Frohlich, James Kneller, Gail McLaughlin

Theoretical Particle and Nuclear Physics

Electromagnetic structure studies of hadrons; relativistic quark models; light-cone quantization; B-physics; glueball and hybrid meson spectroscopy; application to astrophysics and cosmology; neutrino phenomenology; nonperturbative vacuum effects and mixing; CP violation; extra dimensions and physics beyond the standard model; QCD-based description of hadronic interactions; BCS methods and chiral symmetry breaking; Hartree-Fock techniques; lattice gauge theory; many body phenomena and computational algorithms, instantons, finite density QCD, superconductivity; nuclear lattice simulations; effective field theory; Gauge theory dynamics and its applications, resurgence theory, applications to QFT and quantum mechanics, interrelations of large-orders in perturbation theory and topological configurations
Chueng Ji, Thomas Schaefer, Mithat Unsal



Radio, infrared, optical, and X-ray observations of supernova remnants, pulsar-wind nebulae, and planetary nebulae.
Kazimirez Borkowski, Stephen Reynolds

Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics

Ultra-cold Fermi-gases, strongly correlated quantum fluids, laser polarization of atomic vapors,
John Thomas

Biological Physics

Nanoprobe tools at the single-molecule level: single-molecule fluorescene, fluorescence resonance energy transfer, atomic force microscopy, nanofluidic analyis, DNA tightropes, upconversion nanotags, nano-Raman; Specific systems studied include synaptic vesicle fusion, DNA mismatch repair, epigenetics, telomeric chromosome protection, chromosome cohesion, protein conformations, protein-induced DNA conformations, cooperativity, importance of thermally-activated processes. Emergent field are single-cell genetic analysis, development of embryos, and collective properties of active biological particles.
Shuang Fang Lim, Robert Riehn, Hong Wang, Keith Weninger

Condensed Matter Physics

Nanotribology, micro/nano electromechanical systems, and liquid wetting phenomena; real-time spectroscopy and microscopy of nanostructure growth and dynamics; subwavelength optical probes; atomically precise materials preparation and characterization including ultra-thin films and related device structures; X-ray spectromicroscopy of carbon-based electronics materials; molecular motion on surfaces; organic dielectrics; conduction and polarization of molecular and macromolecular assemblies; sound propagation in granular materials; electronic and magnetic properties of metal-organic interfaces; preparation, characterization, and control of graphene and its interfaces; nonlinear optical characterization of surfaces; ultra-fast laser spectroscopy of dynamical processes in solids.
Harald Ade, David Aspnes, Jason Bochinski, Laura Clarke, Karen Daniels, Daniel Dougherty, Kenan Gundogdu, Hans Hallen, Jacqueline Krim, Divine Kumah, Shuang Fang Lim

Experimental Nuclear Physics

Tests of fundamental symmetries; neutron beta decay and electric dipole moments; neutrinos and neutrino oscillations; ultracold neutrons; studies of few nucleon systems; quantum chaos; statistical properties of nuclei; polarized nuclear targets; interactions of neutrinos, majorana demonstrator, Coherent Elastic Neutrino Nucleus Scattering (CEvNS), precision determination of nuclear reaction cross-sections for stellar nucleosynthesis.
Robert Golub, Christopher Gould, Matthew Green, Paul Huffman, John Kelley, Richard Longland, Albert Young


Near-field optical microscopy and spectroscopy; nano-Raman spectroscopy; optical characterization of electronic materials; ultrafast and nonlinear optical spectroscopy of materials, films, surfaces, and interfaces under static and dynamic conditions; nanoplasmonic materials processing; nanoplasmonic nonlinear materials.
David Aspnes, Laura Clarke, Kenan Gundogdu, Hans Hallen, Shuang Fang Lim

Physics Education Research

Reexamination and redesign of modes of instruction and content for large enrollment courses; assessment of student understanding; role of computers including simulation, visualization, computer-based experiments, and student programming; distance learning.
Robert Beichner, Michael Paesler

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