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Research specialty  Degree type  
PhD (Theoretical/Experimental) 
Master's (Final degree/Enroute to PhD) 

Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics  Experimental  Both 
Biophysics  Experimental  Both 
Condensed Matter Physics  Both  Both 
Cosmology & String Theory  Theoretical  Both 
High Energy Density Science  Both  Both 
Nonlinear Dynamics and Complex Systems  None   
Nuclear Physics  Both  Both 
Physics and other Science Education  None  Finaldegree 
Physics of Beams  Experimental  Both 
Relativistic Heavy Ion Physics  Theoretical  Both 
Statistical & Thermal Physics  Theoretical  Both 
Statistical & Thermal Physics  Theoretical  Both 
THEORETICAL
EXPERIMENTAL
Condensed Matter Physics
Ab initio electronic structure calculations of the physical, electronic, and magnetic (including noncolinear magnetic systems) properties of solids, surfaces, interfaces, and liquids; molecular dynamics calculations of properties of solids, liquids, and crack propagation; density functional theory; Berry phases in polarization theory and spinwave theory; block electrons in magnetic fields, quantum Hall effect; quantum theory of thinfilm growth and surface diffusion; theory of mesoscopic phenomena, phonon calculations and lattice dynamics for high Tc superconductors; theory of atom surface interactions; physisorption; chemisorption.
J. Chelikowsky, F. de Wette, A. Demkov, G. Fiete, J. Gavenda, L. Kleinman, A. MacDonald, M. Marder, W. McCormick, Q. Niu, J. Swift, J. Thompson
Nonlinear Dynamics
Dynamics of materials, especially fracture and dislocation dynamics; instabilities and turbulence in fluids, granular media, liquid crystals, and chemical reactiondiffusion systems; chaos in lowdimensional dynamical systems.
M. Marder, W. McCormick, P. Morrison, J. Swift, H. Swinney
Nuclear Physics
Scattering and reactions of hadrons and nuclei at medium energies; nuclear structure in the lowenergy region using neutronscattering techniques; nuclear structure and reaction mechanism.
W. Coker, C. Markert, C. Moore, P. Riley, T. Udagawa
Particles and Fields
Phenomenological studies of the properties of matter ranging from mediumenergy physics; symmetries in elementary particle physics; field theory of strong interactions and the physics of superdense matter; quantum chromodynamics; confinement problems; subquark and sublepton models; supersymmetry; quantum optics, basic quantum field theory, and quantum mechanics; classical mechanics; particle phenomena in terms of algebraic and grouptheoretical methods; electromagnetic interactions.
A. Böhm, C. Chiu, D. Dicus, A. Gleeson
Physics Education
Curriculum development and evaluation at the university level; science teacher preparation program; computerbased education.
C. Chiu, A. Gleeson, M. Marder, Raymond Orbach
Plasma and Fusion
Kinetic theory and transport theory; turbulent heating; collisionless shock waves; plasma turbulence; computer simulation of plasmas; stability theory controlled fusion; plasma dynamics.
H. Berk, W. Drummond, R. Fitzpatrick, R. Hazeltine, C. Horton, P. Morrison, M. Oakes
Relativity & Gravitation
Quantum theory of space time; techniques of quantization in curved spacetime; string theory; path integration; stochastic processes; critical phenomena in gravitational collapse; computational relativity; cosmology; exact solutions in general relativity; conformal properties of space time; manifolds with little symmetry; kinetic theory; conservation laws in general relativity; black hole physics; black hole interactions; gravitational radiation; interaction of matter with gravitation.
W. Fischler, R. Matzner, W. Schieve, S. Weinberg, Aaron Zimmerman
Statistical & Thermal Physics
Nonequilibrium statistical physics; thermodynamic processes; nonequilibrium quantum statistical mechanics; quantum chaos; mesoscopic physics; nonlinear dynamics; complex systems theory; Brownian motion.
L. Reichl, W. Schieve
The Weinberg Theory Group
Research spans the range from studies of physics at the most fundamental level to exploration of phenomenologically relevant current issues in elementary particle physics. On the more fundamental level, the work continues in gravity and quantum cosmology, conformal field theories, superstring theories, and M theory, with special attention to the links between these topics and to the implication of superstring and M theory for effective field theories at accessible energies. Such theories offer the hope of uniting all forces including gravitation in a theory of superstrings. So far, it seems that these theories allow for the first time a satisfactory elimination of the infinities that have plagued all earlier quantum theories of gravitation.
J. Distler, W. Fischler, V. Kaplunovsky, Can Kilic, R. Matzner, S. Paban, S. Weinberg, Aaron Zimmerman
Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics
Atom optics; quantum transport in optical lattices; quantum chaos with ultracold atoms; ultracold collisions; BoseEinstein condensation; search for atomic electric dipole moment; stateresolved molecularsurface scattering and gassurface dynamics; the Raman spectroscopy; electron diffraction; neutrino rest mass experiments; laser spectroscopy of nanoparticles; development of new materials; molecular collision and sonoluminescence; femtosecond spectroscopy; highpower lasers; wakefield accelerators; terawatt lasers; optical properties of nanostructured plasmas at high fields.
T. Ditmire, M. Downer, M. Fink, L. Frommhold, Bjorn Hegelich, D. Heinzen, J. Keto, X. Li, M. Raizen, G. Sitz
Biophysics
Elastic properties of cells; motility of cells; bacterial competition; dynamics of swimming organisms; biofilms; spatial structures formed through intercellular interactions; adhesion phenomena; cell mechanics; cargo transport in cells; molecular motors (dynamics and regulation); membranes; assembly of biological complexes; diffusive and ballistic Brownian motion; biopolymers; characterization of single biomolecules; microtubule mechanics; yeast mechanics; membrane fusion; thermal noise imaging.
José Alvarado, E.L. Florin, Vernita Gordon
Condensed Matter Physics
Surface and thinfilm magnetism; dynamics of magnetization reversal; magnetic switching; Barkhansen noise; domain dynamics; magnetic and electronic effects in ultrathinfilm multilayers and nanostructures; normal and superconducting properties of hightemperature superconductors; nonlinear optical response of solids; femtosecond spectroscopy of solidstate systems; nanostructure fabrication and characterization based on scanning tunneling microscopy; intrinsic phenomena at surfaces and interfaces studied by electron diffraction, spectroscopy, atom surface scattering, linear and nonlinear optical spectroscopy; scanning probe techniques, including nearfield optical microscopy; thinfilm nucleation and growth; cluster physics, mesoscopic phenomena in solids; materials synthesis including novel magnetic and superconducting materials; transport and magnetic characterization; strongly correlated electron systems; mechanical properties of materials including fracture.
A. de Lozanne, A. Demkov, M. Downer, J. Erskine, Keji Lai, X. Li, M. Marder, J. Markert, C. Shih, M. Tsoi, Z. Yao
High Energy Physics
Properties of elementary particles, particularly kaons, Bmesons, and neutrinos; rare decays of the kaons; tests of conservation laws and CP violation; Bmeson decays; information on CP violation; neutrino oscillation measurements; information on neutrino mass; detector development; applications of particle detectors to medical imaging. Experiments are conducted at national and international accelerator laboratories.
T. Andeen, K. Lang, Peter Onyisi, J. Ritchie, R. Schwitters
Nonlinear Dynamics and Complex Systems
Pattern formation and chaotic dynamics of diverse systems; planetary fluid dynamics (especially internal gravity waves in the oceans); viscous fingering; crack propagation in amorphous and crystalline solids; rupture in rubber; friction; control of atomic and molecular motion; trapping of different isotopes; trapping and cooling of macroscopic particles (microspheres); dynamics of Brownian motion; stretching and wrinkling of thin sheets and graphene; physics education research (people dynamics). See also, biophysics.
E.L. Florin, Vernita Gordon, M. Marder, W. McCormick, P. Morrison, M. Raizen, H. Swinney
Plasma and Fusion
Plasma turbulence and transport; plasma heating; plasma propulsion; plasma spectroscopy; plasma diagnostics; plasma processing; atomic reactions in plasmas.
R. Bengtson, T. Ditmire, M. Downer, K. Gentle, Bjorn Hegelich
Relativistic Heavy Ion Physics
The research focuses on two experiments: (1) E896 (using the AGS at the Brookhaven National Laboratory), a definitive search for the shortlived HO dibaryon, a strangeness=−2, 6quark object predicted by bag models. E896 also searches for other shortlived objects composed of strange hadrons that may be produced in highenergy nucleusnucleus collisions. (2) STAR [Solenoidal Tracker at RHIC (Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider)] at the Brookhaven National Laboratory to study primordial matter at conditions of extreme temperature and pressure. Such matter is produced through central collisions of circulating beams of Au ions of momenta 100 GeV/c per nucleon (total centerofmomentum energy = 40 TeV). STAR searches for evidence of the formation of a quarkgluon plasma (a phase of nuclear matter in which quarks and gluons are not confined within nucleons or mesons) and for evidence of the restoration of the fundamental chiral symmetry of the strong interaction at high temperature. Both experiments explore the most fundamental physics and chemistry of nature as it may have existed during the early evolution of the Universe (about 10−7–10−6 seconds after the Big Bang).
C. Markert, C. Moore, P. Riley