Oklahoma State University

Department of Physics

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145 Physical Sciences II
Stillwater, OK 74078-3072
(405) 744-5796
(405) 744-6811 (fax)

http://www.physics.okstate.edu

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Specialties for Degree Program

Research specialty Degree type
PhD
(Theoretical/Experimental)
Master's
(Final degree/Enroute to PhD)
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Astrophysics Experimental Final-degree
Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics Both Final-degree
Biophysics Both Final-degree
Chemical Physics Both Final-degree
Condensed Matter Physics Both Final-degree
Fluids, Rheology Experimental Final-degree
High Energy Physics Both Final-degree
Nano Science and Technology Both Final-degree
Optics Both Final-degree
Other None Final-degree
Radiation Physics, Medical Physics, and Dosimetry Experimental Final-degree
Statistical & Thermal Physics Theoretical Final-degree

Departmental Research and Staff

THEORETICAL

Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics

Density functional theory and electronic structure. Exploring the physics of spin systems in ultracold atoms.
Mario Borunda, John Mintmire, Albert Rosenberger

Condensed Matter Physics

Electronic structure of disordered systems; density functional theory, low-dimensional materials, dielectric response theory; optical properties of defects; vibronics; semiconductor molecular beam epitaxy; transport in semiconductors and graphene; quantum Hall effect; application of quantum optimal control theory in solid-sate semiconductor systems; solid-state quantum information.
Mario Borunda, Robert Hauenstein, David McIlroy, John Mintmire

High Energy Physics

Grand unification; supersymmetry; extra dimension; physics at LHC; fermion masses and mixings; neutrinos. The elementary particle theory group is focused on proposing tests for the theories within and beyond the standard model as they look at unification of forces within the context of supersymmetry, compactification of extra dimensions and string theory.
K. Babu, Satyanarayan Nandi

Optics

Nonlinear behavior of laser systems; modeling of optical instabilities; quantum optics; nonlinear optics.
Donna Bandy, Albert Rosenberger

Quantum Foundations

Decoherence; quantum optics of semiconductor dots; integrated structures and nanomechanical quantum devices; application and development of methods for electronic structure theory such as time-dependent density functional theory, exact diagonalization, and Monte Carlo techniques; semiclassical connections between quantum and classical systems, with an interest in chaotic behavior.
Mario Borunda

Statistical & Thermal Physics

Ising model, stochastic processes, exactly solvable models; low-dimensional systems, quasicrystals.
H. Perk, Jacques Perk

EXPERIMENTAL

Astrophysics

Supernova remnants; exoplanets; near-Earth asteroids.
Peter Shull

Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics

Exploring the physics of antiferromagnetic spinor Bose-Einstein condensates with and without optical lattices, and their applications in quantum information science.
Yingmei Liu, Albert Rosenberger, Gilford Summy

Biophysics

Laser effects on biological materials; high-resolution high-speed optical spectroscopy; enzyme kinetics; photochemical reactions of porphyrins; protein dynamics; protein structure; membrane proteins; amyloid proteins; solid-state NMR.
W. Chen, H. Harmon, Aihua Xie, Donghua Zhou

Chemical Physics

Photocatalysis; photoenergy conversion; monolayer surfaces; solid-state catalysts; photoreductive chemistry.
H. Harmon

Condensed Matter Physics

Optical, electrical, thermal, acoustical, structural, and mechanical properties of solids; laser materials; ESR; energy transfer; epitaxial growth, nanoparticles, and nanotubes.
H. Harmon, Robert Hauenstein, David McIlroy, Stephen McKeever, James Wicksted, Eduardo Yukihara

Fluids, Rheology

Light scattering; phase transitions in colloids; dynamics of flow systems.
Bruce Ackerson

High Energy Physics

The experimental high-energy physics group performs research with the ATLAS Experiment at CERN's Large Hadron Collider. The group is involved in a wide range of physics analyses, from measurements of the top quark to searches for new physics beyond the Standard Model. Members of the group and involved in improving the identifications of jets that originate from b-quarks (b-tagging) and the identification of highly boosted top quarks and heavy bosons. The group is also involved in the research and development for the ATLAS pixel system. Members of the group developed the optical links and online monitoring software for the recent IBL upgrade of the new ATLAS pixel detector and the group will take a leading role in the development and construction of the electrical services for the ATLAS pixel system upgrades for the HL-LHC.
Joseph Haley, Alexander Khanov, Flera Rizatdinova

Optics

Coherent effects, nonlinear optics, microresonators and plasmonics.
Bruce Ackerson, Albert Rosenberger, James Wicksted

Quantum Foundations

Quantum magnetometry and entanglement.
Yingmei Liu

Radiation Physics, Medical Physics, and Dosimetry

Application and development of detectors and techniques for radiation dosimetry, including optically stimulated luminescence, thermoluminescence, plastic nuclear track detectors, gamma spectroscopy, tissue equivalent proportional counters, and the newly developed fluorescent nuclear track detectors. Applications include medical dosimetry (diagnostic radiology and radiation therapy using photons, electrons, protons, heavy charged particles), accident dosimetry, space dosimetry, etc. Research also includes basic luminescent processes in insulators and the role of cosmic radiation in lightning initiation.
M. Akselrod, Eric Benton, Jongmin Cho, A. Lucas, Stephen McKeever, Eduardo Yukihara

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