Ohio University

Department of Physics and Astronomy

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Clippinger Laboratories
Athens, OH 45701
(740) 593-1709
(740) 593-0433 (fax)

http://www.ohio.edu/cas/physastro/

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Research Specialties and Staff

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Specialties for Degree Program

Research specialty Degree type
PhD
(Theoretical/Experimental)
Master's
(Final degree/Enroute to PhD)
Astronomy Both Both
Astrophysics Both Both
Biophysics Both Both
Computational Physics Theoretical Both
Condensed Matter Physics Both Both
Cosmology & String Theory Theoretical Both
High Energy Physics Both Both
Low Temperature Physics Both Both
Materials Science, Metallurgy Both Both
Nano Science and Technology Both Both
Neuroscience/Neuro Physics Both Both
Nonlinear Dynamics and Complex Systems Both Both
Nuclear Physics Both Both
Optics Experimental Both
Particles and Fields Both Both
Physics and other Science Education None Final-degree
Plasma and Fusion Experimental Both
Relativity & Gravitation Both Both
Solid State Physics Both Both
Statistical & Thermal Physics Theoretical Both
Surface Physics Both Both
Theoretical Physics Theoretical Both

Departmental Research and Staff

THEORETICAL

Astrophysics

Astronomy and Astrophysics: cosmology; cosmological simulations; neutron stars; supernovae.
Madappa Prakash, Hee-Jong Seo

Biophysics

Current theoretical and computational research is conducted in the area of neuroscience. Specifically, hair-cell mechanics, mechano-electrical transduction, and electro-mechanical coupling, neuronal circuitry and arrangement in peripheral sensory systems, signal encoding in peripheral sensors, neurofilament transport and its role for axonal morphology and neuronal function, and actin transport in axons.
Horacio Castillo, Peter Jung, Alexander Neiman

Condensed Matter Physics

Supercooled liquids and glasses; soft condensed matter physics: colloids, granulars, polymers; theory of topologically disordered materials; computational methodology for electronic structure; electronic structure of molecules, crystalline solids and amorphous solids; quantum dots and rings; nanoparticles; plasmonics; bio-optics; transport and optical properties in low-dimensional systems; physics of interacting low-dimensional systems; spin-orbit interaction in condensed matter systems; correlated electron systems.
Horacio Castillo, David Drabold, Alexander Govorov, Nancy Sandler, Sergio Ulloa

Nuclear Physics

Computational investigations and analytic models of exotic nuclei, nuclear reactions, nuclear deformation, nucleon structure, nuclear forces, neutron stars, supernovae, and the quark-gluon plasma.
Charlotte Elster, Daniel Phillips, Madappa Prakash

EXPERIMENTAL

Astrophysics

Astronomy and astrophysics: optical astronomy; cosmology; time-domain astronomy; dark matter; dark energy; gravitational lensing; baryon acoustic oscillations; supernovae; gamma-ray bursts; black holes; active galactic nuclei; large scale structure; wide-field surveys (LSST, WFIRST, DESI).
Ryan Chornock, Douglas Clowe, Hee-Jong Seo, Joseph Shields

Biophysics

The Russell lab is focused on neuro-sensory circuitry. The Tees lab focuses on adhesive and mechanical properties of white blood cells and cancer cells with the aim of better understanding the biophysical basis of cell physiology as well as opening avenues for diagnosis and treatment of disease. The lab has expertise in micropipette aspiration for cell manipulation and assessment of overall cell mechanical properties. Microfluidic devices for micropipette-like experiments are also an active area of investigation. The lab also has a holographic optical trapping system for adhesion experiments.
David Russell, David Tees

Condensed Matter Physics

X-ray characterization of materials; self assembly of nanostructured materials; glass, disordered materials, and soft condensed matter; single atom/molecule manipulation; low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy/manipulation; single molecule electronics; molecular machines; nanobiosystems; ion beam analysis of materials; surface and thin film analysis and modification; molecular beam epitaxy; pulsed laser epitaxy; nitride materials; optical spectroscopy; semiconductor nanostructures; atomic-scale magnetism; spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy; photonics; quantum optics; quantum dots; quantum information.
Gang Chen, Saw-Wai Hla, David Ingram, Martin Kordesch, Arthur Smith, Eric Stinaff

Nuclear Physics

Experiments are performed at the on-campus Edwards Accelerator Laboratory, or at external facilities including the Thomas Jefferson and Brookhaven National Laboratories. Topics of study include: the quark-gluon plasma, precision tests of the Standard Model, quark substructure of nucleons, spectroscopy of nucleon resonances, exotic nuclei, nuclear reactions—especially as they pertain to astrophysics, statistical nuclear physics, technological applications of nuclear physics.
Carl Brune, Justin Frantz, Kenneth Hicks, David Ingram, Paul King, Thomas Massey, Zachary Meisel, Julie Roche, Alexander Voinov

Physics and other Science Education

The department has a robust outreach presence in the community with opportunities for students to interact with K-12 students and the general public through our biennial open house, strong connections with the Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery, and a variety of special events (local and state science fairs, science olympiad, school visits). Seminars and workshops provide opportunities for students to reflect upon teaching and improve their teaching skills and explore teaching-related job opportunities in the college environment. Special TA assignments provide opportunities to build skills in the use of technology for education as well as various active pedagogies.
Mark Lucas

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