University of Pittsburgh

Department of Physics and Astronomy

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3941 O'Hara Street
Room 100 Allen Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
(412) 624-9000
(412) 624-9163 (fax)

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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)
Applied Physics Experimental -
Astronomy Both -
Astrophysics Both -
Atmosphere, Space Physics, Cosmic Rays Experimental -
Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics Both -
Biophysics Both -
Chemical Physics Both -
Computational Physics Theoretical -
Condensed Matter Physics Both -
Cosmology & String Theory Both -
Energy Sources & Environment Experimental -
Engineering Physics/Science Experimental -
Fluids, Rheology Both -
High Energy Physics Both -
Low Temperature Physics Both -
Materials Science, Metallurgy Both -
Medical, Health Physics None -
Nano Science and Technology Both -
Nonlinear Dynamics and Complex Systems Both -
Nuclear Physics Theoretical -
Optics Both -
Particles and Fields Both -
Physics and other Science Education Both -
Physics of Beams Experimental -
Polymer Physics/Science Theoretical -
Relativity & Gravitation Theoretical -
Statistical & Thermal Physics Both -

Departmental Research and Staff

THEORETICAL

Astrophysics

Astrophysics and cosmology. Early universe physics; dark matter and dark energy; theoretical and numerical cosmology; model stellar atmospheres; massive stars; supernovae; gravitational lensing; general relativity and gravitation; numerical relativity; gravitational radiation; black hole physics; plasma physics.
Daniel Boyanovsky, D. Hillier, Arthur Kosowsky, Ezra Newman, Jefferey Winicour, Andrew Zentner

Condensed Matter Physics

Phase transitions; disordered systems; nonequilibrium behavior; polymer physics; biological physics; atomic cold gases; superconductivity; topological insulators and superconductors, fractional quantum Hall; quantum kinetics, atomic, molecular, and optical physics.
Daniel Boyanovsky, Rob Coalson, David Jasnow, W. Liu, Roger Mong, David Pekker, Jin Zhao

Particles and Fields

Gauge field theories; lattice calculations; nonperturbative effects; weak interaction models and phenomenology; heavy-quark physics; supersymmetry; QCD modeling; extra dimensions; baryogenesis.
Brian Batell, Daniel Boyanovsky, H. Duncan, Ayres Freitas, Tao Han, Adam Leibovich, Ralph Roskies, Eric Swanson

EXPERIMENTAL

Astrophysics

Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Cosmology. Local and distant galaxies; active galactic nuclei and quasars; studies of the interstellar medium, circumgalactic medium, and intergalactic medium using quasar absorption line systems; statistical analysis of the properties of galaxies; clustering and large-scale structure; dark matter and dark energy; cosmic microwave background; supernovae; massive stars; stellar atmospheres. Observations take place with ground-based telescopes around the world and with space telescopes.
Carles Badenes, Rachel Bezanson, Jeffrey Newman, Sandhya Rao, David Turnshek, Michael Wood-Vasey

Condensed Matter Physics

Nanoscience; quantum information; quantum optics; quantum states of matter; semiconductor physics; soft condensed matter physics; superconductivity and superfluidity; ultrafast optics; atomic, molecular, and optical physics; biological physics; turbulence. Experimental work takes place on campus in the individual laboratories of faculty members, at the Peterson Institute for Nanoscience and Engineering (PINSE), and at the Nano Fabrication and Characterization Facility (NFCF).
W. Choyke, Robert Devaty, Gurudev Dutt, Min Feng, Sergey Frolov, Michael Hatridge, Patrick Irvin, Rainer Johnsen, Jeremy Levy, James Maher, Hrvoje Petek, Hanna Salman, David Snoke, Xiao-Lun Wu, Judith Yang

Particles and Fields

Particle Physics. Origin of mass and flavor; search for new symmetries of nature; neutrino physics; CP violation; heavy quarks; leptoquarks; supersymmetry; extra dimensions; baryogenesis. Studies take place at the Tevatron proton-antiproton collider, located at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and at the Large Hadron Collider ATLAS detector, located at CERN. Studies at the LHC may uncover the elusive Higgs boson as well as a spectrum of new particles arising from “supersymmetry.” Studies of fundamental properties of neutrinos, such as oscillations, mass differences, and neutrino-nucleus interactions take place at a variety of locations.
Joseph Boudreau, Wilfred Cleland, Istvan Danko, Steven Dytman, Tae Min Hong, James Mueller, Donna Naples, Vittorio Paolone, Vladimir Savinov, Paul Shepard

Physics and other Science Education

Physics education research. Identification of sources of student difficulties in learning concepts in both introductory and advanced-level physics courses; design, implementation, and outcome assessment of changes in curricular offerings; pedagogical methods that are designed to reduce learning difficulties.
Matteo Broccio, Russell Clark, Istvan Danko, Peter Koehler, David Nero, Chandralekha Singh

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