Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Department of Physics and Astronomy

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Stony Brook, NY 11794-3800
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Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Specialties for Degree Program

Research specialty Degree type
(Final degree/Enroute to PhD)
Astronomy Experimental Both
Astrophysics Theoretical Both
Atmosphere, Space Physics, Cosmic Rays Experimental Both
Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics Both Both
Condensed Matter Physics Both Both
Cosmology Theoretical Both
Low Temperature Physics Both Both
Materials Science, Metallurgy Experimental Both
Medical, Health Physics Both Both
Nano Science and Technology Both Both
Nuclear Physics Both Both
Optics Both Both
Particles and Fields Both Both
Physical Biology Theoretical Both
Physics and other Science Education Both Both
Physics of Beams Both Both
Relativity & Gravitation Theoretical Both
Statistical & Thermal Physics Theoretical Both

Departmental Research and Staff


Accelerator Physics

Vladimir Litvinenko


Cosmology, galaxy formation, and evolution. Nuclear astrophysics, neutrino astrophysics. Neutron stars; equation of state of dense matter; stellar collapse. Dark matter, dark energy.
Philip Armitage, Alan Calder, Rouven Essig, James Lattimer, Neelima Sehgal, Michael Zingale

Atomic and Molecular Physics

Theory of ultracold quantum gases, non-linear optics. Bose-Einstein condensation, Ultrafast processes
Thomas Bergeman, Thomas Weinacht

Condensed Matter Physics

Superconductivity; electron-phonon interactions; magnetic properties; optical properties; quantum computing, Coulomb blockade, quantum Hall effect, density-functional theory; properties of water; low-dimensional systems.
Alexandre Abanov, Philip Allen, Dmitrii Averin, Maria Victoria Fernandez-Serra, Konstantin Likharev, Vasili Semenov

Nuclear Physics

Quantum Chomo Dynamics; Relativistic Heavy Ion Collisions; Lattice QCD; Nucleon-nucleon interaction; meson exchange currents and other mesonic effects in nuclei; effective interactions in nuclei and nuclear matter; heavy ion reactions; Fermi liquid theory; variational and extended semiclassical models of large systems; studies of dense nuclear matter; random matrix theory.
Alfred Goldhaber, Frithjof Karsch, Dmitri Kharzeev, Edward Shuryak, Sergey Syritsyn, Derek Teaney, Jacobus Verbaarschot, Ismail Zahed

Physical Biology

Protein structure; computational biophysics; biomolecular networks; neuroscience.
Ken Dill, Konstantin Likharev, Lilia Mujica-Parodi, Jin Wang

Statistical Mechanics

Mathematical studies of solvable models; relation between statistical mechanics and field theory; Ising models; lattice gauge fields; random matrix theory.
Alexandre Abanov, Ken Dill, Zohar Komargodski, Vladimir Korepin, Barry McCoy, Nikita Nekrasov, Jacobus Verbaarschot, Jin Wang, Tzu-Chieh Wei, Alexander Zamolochikov

String Theory and Cosmology

Quantum theory of gravitation; supergravity; supersymmetry; superstrings; cosmology, dark matter.
Luis Alvarez-Gaume, Rouven Essig, Zohar Komargodski, Marilena Loverde, Neelima Sehgal, Anja von der Linden

Theoretical Particle Physics

Quantum field theory; unified gauge theory of weak, electromagnetic, and strong interactions; general gauge theory; nonperturbative effects in gauge theories; perturbative QCD; QCD at finite temperature and density.
Luis Alvarez-Gaume, Rouven Essig, Alfred Goldhaber, Concha Gonzalez-Garcia, Frithjof Karsch, Dmitri Kharzeev, Patrick Meade, Nikita Nekrasov, Martin Roček, Robert Shrock, Edward Shuryak, Warren Siegel, George Sterman, Peter van Nieuwenhuizen, Raju Venugopalan, Jacobus Verbaarschot, Ismail Zahed

Theoretical Physics

The largest theoretical physics group at Stony Brook is the Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics. About the same number of theoretical physicists work in the physics department on condensed matter physics, astrophysics, nuclear physics, particle physics and statistical mechanics.
Alexandre Abanov, Philip Allen, Luis Alvarez-Gaume, Dmitrii Averin, Thomas Bergeman, Alan Calder, Ken Dill, Rouven Essig, Maria Victoria Fernandez-Serra, Alfred Goldhaber, Concha Gonzalez-Garcia, Frithjof Karsch, Dmitri Kharzeev, Zohar Komargodski, Vladimir Korepin, Wei Ku, James Lattimer, Konstantin Likharev, Vladimir Litvinenko, Marilena Loverde, Barry McCoy, Patrick Meade, Nikita Nekrasov, Rosalba Perna, Leonardo Rastelli, Martin Roček, Neelima Sehgal, Robert Shrock, Edward Shuryak, Warren Siegel, George Sterman, Sergey Syritsyn, Derek Teaney, Peter van Nieuwenhuizen, Jacobus Verbaarschot, Anja von der Linden, Jin Wang, Tzu-Chieh Wei, Chen Yang, Ismail Zahed, Alexander Zamolochikov, Michael Zingale


Accelerator Physics

Ilan Ben-Zvi, Yue Hao, Vladimir Litvinenko, Navid Vafaei-Najafabadi


Cosmology; galactic structure and evolution; interstellar molecular clouds; quasar absorption lines; stellar astronomy; chromospheres; coronae; compact objects; star formation. Pre-main sequence objects; high mass star formation; Exoplanets.
Jin Koda, Andre Nomerotski, Neelima Sehgal, Anja von der Linden, Frederick Walter

Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics

Coherent control of molecules and atoms with tailored, ultrafast laser pulses. Cooling, trapping, and laser spectroscopy of atoms. Ultracold quantum gases. Quantum chaos studies with microwave systems and driven atoms.
Thomas Allison, Eden Figueroa, Christopher Johnson, Harold Metcalf, Dominik Schneble, Thomas Weinacht

Condensed Matter Physics

Superconductivity; Josephson effect; X-ray scattering; single electronics; magnetic flux quantum devices; quantum wells, fractional quantum Hall effect; optical spectroscopy, ferroelectrics; graphene; powder X-ray scattering.
Matthew Dawber, Xu Du, Matthew Eisaman, Konstantin Likharev, Mengkun Liu, Emilio Mendez, Laszlo Mihaly, James Misewich, Cedomir Petrovic, Vasili Semenov, Peter Stephens, Yimei Zhu

High Energy Physics

Particle interactions in high energy collisions; properties of the top and bottom quarks and electroweak bosons; studies of the strong interaction; search for new particles. Rare kaon decays. Neutrino oscillations; Study of the Higgs boson.
Cinazia da Via, Piacquadio Giacinto, Paul Grannis, John Hobbs, Chang Jung, Joanna Kiryluk, Robert McCarthy, Clark McGrew, Michael Rijssenbeek, Helio Takai, Dmitri Tsybychev, Michael Wilking

Nuclear Physics

Relativistic heavy ion collisions; properties of quark-gluon plasma; polarized protons.
Abhay Deshpande, Axel Drees, Thomas Hemmick, Joanna Kiryluk, Krishna Kumar

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