University of Cincinnati

Department of Physics

UC Physics Dept, 400 Geology/Physics
345 Clifton Court
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0011
(513) 556-0501
(513) 556-3425 (fax)

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Specialties for Degree Program

Research specialty Degree type
(Final degree/Enroute to PhD)
Astronomy Both Both
Astrophysics Both Both
Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics Both Both
Biophysics Theoretical Both
Chemical Physics Theoretical Both
Condensed Matter Physics Both Both
Low Temperature Physics Both Both
Materials Science, Metallurgy Both Both
Medical, Health Physics Both Both
Nano Science and Technology Both Both
Optics Experimental Both
Particles and Fields Both Both
Physics and other Science Education Both Both
Relativity & Gravitation Theoretical Both
Statistical & Thermal Physics Both Both

Departmental Research and Staff



Dark matter; baryogenesis; brane-world cosmology; black holes.
Philip Argyres, F. Esposito, Peter Suranyi, L. Wijewardhana, Jure Zupan

Computational Physics

Computational studies of equilibrium and non-equilibrium properties of quantum and classical condensed matter systems, chemical and biological systems.
Thomas Beck, Carlos Bolech

Condensed Matter Physics

Strongly correlated systems; quantum disordered systems; nanophysics; mesoscopic physics and open quantum systems; superconductivity; non-equilibrium physics and transport; spintronics; quantum phase transitions; quantum chaos; critical phenomena; competing phases. Topological insulators and superconductors; dynamical response properties of metal electrons; quantum and classical fluids; quasi-one-dimensional conductors: phase transitions and critical phenomena; gas dynamics; high-Tc and unconventional superconductivity; metal-insulator transitions; random magnets; heavy fermions; oxides; quantum impurities and dots; nanoscale superconductors; cold atoms and optical lattices.
Carlos Bolech, Bernard Goodman, Michael Ma, Rostislav Serota

Cosmology & String Theory

Dark matter; baryogenesis; brane-world cosmology; supersymmetric gauge theories; supergravity and string/M-theory.
Philip Argyres, F. Esposito, Peter Suranyi, L. Wijewardhana, Jure Zupan

Particles and Fields

Flavor physics; electroweak symmetry breaking and fermion mass generation; symmetry and constituent models of hadrons and leptons; grand unified theories; string interaction phenomenology and dynamics; nonperturbative methods in field theory; lattice field theories; phase transitions in quantum field theories; conformal field theories; supersymmetric gauge theories.
Philip Argyres, F. Esposito, Alexander Kagan, Peter Suranyi, L. Wijewardhana, Jure Zupan

Relativity & Gravitation

Black holes; supergravity; quantum gravity.
Philip Argyres, F. Esposito, Peter Suranyi, L. Wijewardhana, Jure Zupan



Near-IR spectroscopy of massive young stars; star formation and galactic structure; structure and evolution of young planet-building protostellar disks, inner disk dynamics, and planet-disk interactions; small solar system bodies, solar system formation and evolution.
Margaret Hanson, Michael Sitko

Condensed Matter Physics

Semiconductor Physics, Single Electron Transistors, Spins, Semiconductor Nanowires, Two dimensional materials, Ultrafast Physics
Howard Jackson, Young Kim, Andrei Kogan, David Mast, Leigh Smith, Hans-Peter Wagner

High Energy Physics

At Fermilab: Studying muon neutrino disappearance and muon to electron neutrino oscillations over short distances with the MiniBooNE and MicroBooNE detectors, and over long distances with the NOvA and MINOS+ experiments; developing the Liquid Argon Time Projection Chamber technology for future neutrino experiments. In China: using the Daya Bay Nuclear Reactor complex to measure the final angle in the neutrino mass mixing matrix. At SLAC: heavy quark physics, especially CP violations in B-meson decays using the Babar detector, and charm meson decays. At KEK (Japan): studies of CP violation, mixing, and rare processes in B-meson and D-meson decays, using the Belle detector. At CERN: studies of heavy quark physics including CP violation, mixing, and rare processes in hadrons with b- and c-quarks, using the LHCb detector.
Randy Johnson, Kay Kinoshita, Brian Meadows, Alan Schwartz, Michael Sokoloff, Alexandre Sousa

Interdisciplinary Research

Econophysics; quantitative finance; cognitive psychology; biological systems.
Rostislav Serota

Low Temperature Physics

Superconductors; electronic correlation phenomena in semiconductor quantum dots, non-equilibrium Kondo effect, photon-assisted transport, dynamic conductance spectroscopy, coherent manipulation of spin-based quantum systems; Luttinger liquids.
Andrei Kogan, David Mast

Medical, Health Physics

Development of microminiature microwave and surface acoustic wave devices for biochemical sensors; investigation of membrane structures using near-field scanning microwave microscopy and ultrasonic acoustics.
David Mast

Nano Science and Technology

Semiconductor Nanowires, Nanoparticle, Two dimensional materials, biosensors, carbon nanotubes
Howard Jackson, Andrei Kogan, David Mast, Leigh Smith, Hans-Peter Wagner


Laser light scattering including Raman, Brillouin, and photoluminescence; femtosecond and picosecond spectroscopy; electronic and optical properties of low-dimensional semiconductors including quantum dots, nanowires, nanowire heterostructures, and plasmonic nanostructures; electro-optical phenomena in nanostructured materials; study of linear and nonlinear optical properties in organic/semiconductor nanostructures and waveguides: two-photon absorption; nonlinear refractive index; phase coherent photorefractive effect in quantum wells; optical coherence imaging; near-field microwave scanning of HTS materials, composite ceramics, layered semiconductors, and biological samples; phase coherent photorefractive effect in quantum wells; optical coherence imaging; near-field microwave scanning of HTS materials, composite ceramics, layered semiconductors, and biological samples; near field spectroscopy of single wall carbon nanotubes; far-infrared (FIR) studies of metal-insulator transition in highly correlated layered systems, FIR charge dynamics in superconducting cuprates, and FIR absorption by small metal particles.
Howard Jackson, Young Kim, Leigh Smith, Hans-Peter Wagner

Physics and other Science Education

Improving introductory physics courses with the implementation of active learning and inquiry; improving the training of graduate teaching assistants; professional development programs for primary, middle school, and high school teachers; collaboration with other science departments, the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services and local school districts to improve K-16 science teaching.
Robert Endorf, Kathleen Koenig, Alexandru Maries, Mark Plano Clark

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