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ACB 439
Los Angeles, CA 900890484
(213) 7408685
University of Southern California
Research specialty  Degree type  
PhD (Theoretical/Experimental) 
Master's (Final degree/Enroute to PhD) 

Astronomy  None  Both 
Astrophysics  Theoretical  Both 
Atmosphere, Space Physics, Cosmic Rays  Both  Both 
Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics  Both  Both 
Biophysics  Both  Both 
Chemical Physics  Both  Both 
Computer Science  Both  Both 
Condensed Matter Physics  Both  Both 
Low Temperature Physics  Both  Both 
Materials Science, Metallurgy  Both  Both 
Optics  Both  Both 
Particles and Fields  Theoretical  Both 
Physics and other Science Education  Both  Both 
Statistical & Thermal Physics  Both  Both 
THEORETICAL
EXPERIMENTAL
Astrophysics
Theoretical solar physics uses the Sun as a plasma physics laboratory. On the one hand, this work involves stateoftheart solar modeling and an analysis of helioseismic data. On the other hand, helioseismology is the first accurate experiment that puts strong constraints on the thermodynamic quantities of the plasma of stellar interiors. Cosmology is interested in a variety of scientific issues including dark matter and dark energy models, the early Universe, cosmological parameter determination, data analysis and interpretation. The group offers the opportunity of collaborative research with scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on current and future space missions.
Elena Pierpaoli
Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics
Interactions of strong electromagnetic radiation (lasers) with matter; multiphoton processes; energy development related basic atomic transitions; manybody approach to atomic transitions; multiply excited atomic resonances; atomic optics; collective properties in atomic traps and confined BoseEinstein condensates; atomic lithography; atoms and ions in dense stellar plasmas; interactions of highpower laser beams with matter leading to nonlinear optical phenomena; propagation of light in dense inhomogeneous plasmas; freeelectron lasers; highpower unstable laser oscillators.
Tunan Chang, Leonid Didkovsky, Jack Feinberg, Martin Gundersen, Robert Hellwarth, Vitaly Kresin, Joseph Kunc, Robin Shakeshaft, Susumu Takahashi, Armand Tanguay, Robert Wu
Biophysics
The area is characterized by the use of quantitative methods, modeling, and physics based experimental methods to make discoveries related to biological systems. This subdiscipline anticipates the movement of both basic biological science and medical applications to areas where physics has an ever greater impact.
Orianna Bretschger, Moh ElNaggar, Robert Farley, Stephan Haas, Christoph Haselwandter, Rajiv Kalia, Anupam Madhukar
Computational Physics
Largescale simulations of quantum spin liquids, atomic spectra, timedependent atomic processes in intense fields, multiscale hybrid simulations of materials, algorithm design, high performance programming environments for massively parallel machines, interactive threedimensional scientific visualization.
Todd Brun, Lorenzo Campos Venuti, Stephan Haas, Rajiv Kalia, Aiichiro Nakano, Priya Vashishta
Condensed Matter Physics
Superconductivity, superfluidity in 3He; nonlinear transport phenomena in reduced dimensionality; electronic structures, strongly correlated metals; nonlinear phenomena in metals; highTc superconductors; quantum magnetism.
Gerd Bergmann, Nelson Bickers, Hans Bozler, Todd Brun, Lorenzo Campos Venuti, Daniel Dapkus, Moh ElNaggar, Christopher Gould, Stephan Haas, Rajiv Kalia, Vitaly Kresin, Eli LevensonFalk, Anthony Levi, Daniel Lidar, Jia Lu, Anupam Madhukar, Aiichiro Nakano, Michelle Povinelli, Hubert Saleur, Priya Vashishta, William Wagner, Paolo Zanardi
High Energy Physics
Quantum field theory and unification of fundamental interactions; cosmology; superstring theory; Mtheory; gauge theories; supersymmetry and supergravity; conformal field theory; statistical mechanics; mathematical physics; integrable models.
Itzhak Bars, Clifford Johnson, Dennis Nemeschansky, Krzysztof Pilch, Hubert Saleur, Nicholas Warner
Quantum Foundations
Use of quantum mechanical resources for computation, communication, and other informationprocessing tasks. Effect of noise and decoherence; quantum error correction and suppression, dynamical decoupling, and decoherencefree subspaces and subsystems; weak and continuous measurements and quantum trajectories; quantum random walks; quantification of entanglement; quantum information theory; algebraic description of quantum states and observables; quantum information and manybody physics; entanglement and quantum phase transitions; quantum algorithms for classical statistical physics; quantum process tomography; geometric phases; adiabatic, holonomic, and topological quantum computation; quantum computing implementations, using quantum dots, linear optics, and magnetic resonance force microscopy; quantum information.
Todd Brun, Lorenzo Campos Venuti, Stephan Haas, Eli LevensonFalk, Daniel Lidar, Paolo Zanardi
Astrophysics
Study of the overall structure, composition, origins and evolution of the Universe; analysis of cosmic microwave background data and the study of dark matter and galaxy clusters. Study of the structure and dynamics of the solar atmosphere and interior using observations and theory of solar local and global oscillations; use of helioseismology to probe properties of dense plasmas.
Leonid Didkovsky, Geraldine Peters, Elena Pierpaoli, Edward Rhodes, Robert Wu
Atmosphere, Space Physics, Cosmic Rays
Laser spectroscopy, highly excited atomic states, study of planetary atmospheres from space flight experiments; photoabsorption and emission in planetary atmospheres; vacuum ultraviolet radiation interacting with gaseous plasmas.
Leonid Didkovsky, Robert Wu
Biophysics
Research at the interface between biological and inorganic systems. Cellsurface interactions. Microbeinorganic interactions. Bioenergy production in microbial fuel cells. Electronic and enzymatic activity of extracellular nanostructures. Intersection of information and biological sciences. Biochemical sensors and intelligent biomimetic coatings for neural prostheses. Optical imaging and spectroscopic studies of intracellular biochemical processes.
James Boedicker, Moh ElNaggar
Condensed Matter Physics
Electronic transport and quantuminterference in twodimensional metals, superconducting films, magnetic surface impurities, anomalous Hall effect and spinorbit scattering, quantum wires; quasionedimensional conductors; localization; magnetoresistance. Superfluidity in 3He; transport properties of anisotropic conductors and thin alkali metal films; phase transitions in metals of low dimensionality; twodimensional magnetism of 3He films; development of primary thermometry at ultralow temperatures. Electronic and thermal properties of sizequantized metal nanoclusters; photodissociation, transport, and particle growth in ultracold liquid helium clusters.
Gerd Bergmann, Hans Bozler, Jack Feinberg, Robert Hellwarth, Vitaly Kresin, Eli LevensonFalk, Anthony Levi, Jia Lu, Michelle Povinelli, Robert Wu
Optics
Laser spectroscopy; nonlinear optical mixing; optical fibers and devices; phaseconjugation, photorefractive effect; Ramaninduced Kerr effect spectroscopy; spectroscopy of glassy solids; laser plasma studies; photochemistry of simple molecular systems; interaction in wave guides.
Jack Feinberg, Robert Hellwarth