University of Pittsburgh
|Research specialty||Degree type|
(Final degree/Enroute to PhD)
|Atmosphere, Space Physics, Cosmic Rays||Experimental||-|
|Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics||Both||-|
|Condensed Matter Physics||Both||-|
|Cosmology & String Theory||Both||-|
|Energy Sources & Environment||Experimental||-|
|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||-|
|Particles and Fields||Both||-|
|Physics and other Science Education||Both||-|
|Physics of Beams||Experimental||-|
|Relativity & Gravitation||Theoretical||-|
|Statistical & Thermal Physics||Both||-|
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
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