Vanderbilt University

Department of Physics and Astronomy

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6301 Stevenson Center
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Nashville, TN 37240-1807
(615) 322-2828
(615) 343-7263 (fax)

http://as.vanderbilt.edu/physics/

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Specialties for Degree Program

Research specialty Degree type
PhD
(Theoretical/Experimental)
Master's
(Final degree/Enroute to PhD)
Astronomy Both Enroute-to-PHD
Astrophysics Both Enroute-to-PHD
Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics Experimental Enroute-to-PHD
Biophysics Both Enroute-to-PHD
Computational Physics Theoretical Enroute-to-PHD
Condensed Matter Physics Both Enroute-to-PHD
High Energy Physics Both Enroute-to-PHD
Medical, Health Physics Experimental Both
Nano Science and Technology Both Enroute-to-PHD
Nuclear Physics Both Enroute-to-PHD
Optics Experimental Enroute-to-PHD
Particles and Fields Both Enroute-to-PHD
Theoretical Physics Theoretical Enroute-to-PHD

Departmental Research and Staff

THEORETICAL

Astronomy

Large-scale structure; galactic dynamics; black holes; gravitational waves; cosmology.
Andreas Berlind, Kelly Holley-Bockelmann, Robert Scherrer

Biophysics

Mathematical modeling of biological systems and processes; early organismal development; decision-making.
William Holmes

Condensed Matter Physics

Equilibrium atomic configurations and atomic-scale dynamics of bulk defects, surfaces, and interfaces; growth process; grain boundary dynamics; interaction of radiation with materials; many-body effects in nanostructures; ultrafast dynamics of strongly correlated systems.
Sokrates Pantelides, Kalman Varga

Cosmology & String Theory

Dark matter; dark energy; primordial nucleosynthesis; physics of the early universe.
Thomas Kephart, Robert Scherrer, Momchil Velkovsky, Thomas Weiler

High Energy Physics

Electroweak symmetry breaking; supersymmetry; unification of forces; super-strings; cosmology and particle astrophysics; highest-energy cosmic rays; particle and dark matter phenomenology.
Thomas Kephart, Thomas Weiler

Nuclear Physics

Nuclear structure; intermediate-energy and high-energy nuclear reactions; hadronic structure; supernovae modeling; neutron oscillation, phenomenology
David Ernst, Sait Umar

EXPERIMENTAL

Astronomy

Star formation; proto-planetary disks; planetary nebula; exoplanet detection (TESS); observational x-ray, visible, infrared and sub-millimeter wave astrophysics.
Erika Grundstrom, Robert O'Dell, Keivan Stassun, David Weintraub

Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics

Interactions of ions, atoms, electrons, and synchrotron and laser photons with surfaces, interfaces, and thin films, with emphasis on electronic processes; carrier and spin dynamics; damage processes; desorption induced by electronic transitions; quantum interference effects; modification of surface electronic structure.
William Gabella, John Gore, Richard Haglund, Norman Tolk

Biophysics

Action potential propagation, shock response, and nonlinear dynamics in excitable system such as cardiac and smooth muscle; magnetic imaging of bioelectric currents, magnetic markers, and remanent geomagnetism; laser-tissue interactions; cellular development; differentiation morphogenesis; fluorescence imaging; instrumenting and controlling single cells; membrane transporters and channels.
John Gore, M. Hutson, Erin Rericha, Dina Stroud, John Wikswo

Condensed Matter Physics

Growth and characterization of nanostructures; electrophoretic deposition; magnetic and luminescent nanocrystals; carbon nanotubes; graphene.
Richard Haglund, Anthony Hmelo, Sokrates Pantelides, Norman Tolk, Yaqiong Xu

High Energy Physics

CMS experiment at CERN.
Senta Greene, Will Johns, Paul Sheldon, Julia Velkovska

Nuclear Physics

Nuclear structure; Coulomb excitation; fission processes; in-beam gamma-ray spectroscopy of heavy-ion reactions; isotope separator and recoil mass spectrometer work to study nuclei far from line of stability; behavior of nuclear matter at extreme temperatures; relativistic heavy ion physics at RHIC and CERN; the search for the quark gluon plasma and the colored glass condensate.
Senta Greene, Joseph Hamilton, Akunuri Ramayya, Julia Velkovska

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