Case Western Reserve University

Department of Physics

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2076 Adelbert Road
Cleveland, OH 44106-7079
(216) 368-4000
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Case Western Reserve University

Specialties for Degree Program

Research specialty Degree type
(Final degree/Enroute to PhD)
Astrophysics Both Both
Biophysics Theoretical Both
Computational Physics Theoretical Both
Condensed Matter Physics Both Both
Cosmic Ray Physics Experimental Both
Cosmology Both Both
Cosmology and Particle Astrophysics Both Both
High Energy Physics Theoretical Both
Materials Science, Metallurgy Both Both
Medical Imaging Physics and Biophysics Experimental Both
Nano Science and Technology Both Both
Optical Properties of Materials Both Both
Optics Experimental Both
Physics and other Science Education Both Both
Physics Entrepreneurship Both Both
Polymer Physics/Science Both Both
Relativity & Gravitation Theoretical Both
Solid State Physics Both Both
Statistical & Thermal Physics Theoretical Both
Surface Physics Both Both
Theoretical Physics Both Both

Departmental Research and Staff



Soft matter: motor proteins, single-molecule force spectroscopy, biopolymers, cell adhesion, signaling networks.
Micheal Hinczewski


Dark Matter, Dark Energy, cosmological pertubations, modified gravity, topology, constraints from cosmic microwave background, early Universe, inflation, extra dimensions, strings, branes.
Craig Copi, Emanuela Dimastrogiovanni, Pavel Fileviez Perez, Kurt Hinterbichler, Harsh Mathur, Glenn Starkman

Electronic Properties of Metals and Semiconductors

Electronic properties of metals and semiconductors; photovoltaics, crystal growth; transport properties in ordered and disordered materials; band structure; deformation potentials; localization, thermo-electricity; interface and surface physics; lattice vibrations.
Walter Lambrecht, Harsh Mathur, Rolfe Petschek, Philip Taylor

Imaging Physics

Algorithm development; bio-data acquisition and analysis; rf coil theory; inverse scattering theory; CT scanning, diagnostic imaging.
Robert Brown, Corbin Covault, Michael Martens

Liquid Crystals

Phase transitions, dynamics, symmetry and surface effects, nonlinear behavior.
Rolfe Petschek, Philip Taylor

Particle Astrophysics

Cosmology and Gravitational Physics. Neutrino astrophysics; early universe cosmology; dark matter; dark energy; large-scale structure; gravitational lensing; black hole evaporation; stellar evolution; cosmic strings; cosmic rays, cosmic microwave background.
Craig Copi, Emanuela Dimastrogiovanni, Pavel Fileviez Perez, Harsh Mathur, Glenn Starkman, Cyrus Taylor

Particle Physics

Electroweak theory; standard model; cosmology; black hole physics; superstring theory SSC physics; supersymmetry, field theories at finite temperature; quark-gluon plasma; diffractive excitation mechanisms.
Pavel Fileviez Perez, Harsh Mathur, Glenn Starkman, Cyrus Taylor

Polymer Physics/Science

Equations of stat e; phase transitions; dynamical behavior; piezoelectric effects; polymer liquid crystals.
Rolfe Petschek, Philip Taylor

Relativity & Gravitation

Relativity and Gravitation in Cosmology, early universe, modified gravity.
Emanuela Dimastrogiovanni, Pavel Fileviez Perez, Kurt Hinterbichler, Glenn Starkman

Statistical & Thermal Physics

Statics and dynamics of phase transitions; pattern formation and dendritic growth; liquid crystals, polymeric liquid crystals, complex fluids; oscillatory chemical reactions; membrane noise.
Rolfe Petschek, Philip Taylor


Electronic Strucure of Matterials

Electronic structure of metals and alloys; surfaces; crystal growth; thin films; amorphous films; dielectric and cohesive properties; dielectric and mechanical relaxation; organic electronics; transport properties of nano-structures, quantum wells, mesoscopic systems, and fuel cells; soft matter.
Jesse Berezovsky, Xuan Gao, Kathleen Kash, Guiseppe Strangi

Experimental Cosmology and Particle Astrophysics

Cosmic microwave background; high-energy cosmic rays; gamma ray astrophysics; neutrino detection.
Corbin Covault, Benjamin Monreal, John Ruhl

Fluid Physics

Interface instabilities; magnetic levitation.
Charles Rosenblatt

High Energy Particle Physics

Collider physics; hadronic interactions.
Corbin Covault, Cyrus Taylor

Liquid Crystals and Complex Fluids

Phase transitions; optical, magnetic, and electrical properties; microgravity; nanostructured LCs, symmetry effects.
Gary Chottiner, Charles Rosenblatt

Nanoscopic Physics

Quantum dots, wires, molecular electronics, nanoscopic surface modification, nanowires, and sensors.
Jesse Berezovsky, Xuan Gao, Kathleen Kash, Charles Rosenblatt, Kenneth Singer, Guiseppe Strangi

Optical Properties of Materials

Linear and nonlinear optical properties of organic, polymeric materials, and mesoscopic systems, photovoltaics, ultrafast spectroscopy.
Jesse Berezovsky, Kathleen Kash, Charles Rosenblatt, Kenneth Singer, Guiseppe Strangi

Polymer Physics/Science

Phase transformations; dielectric properties; magnetic and electric field effects; optical mechanical properties.
Charles Rosenblatt, Kenneth Singer

Surface Physics

Surface magnetization; secondary electron emission; surface analysis; physi- and chemisorption.
Gary Chottiner

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