University of South Florida

Department of Physics

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4202 E. Fowler Avenue, ISA 2019
Tampa, FL 33620
(813) 974-2871
(813) 974-5813 (fax)

http://physics.usf.edu/

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University of South Florida

Specialties for Degree Program

Research specialty Degree type
PhD
(Theoretical/Experimental)
Master's
(Final degree/Enroute to PhD)
Applied Physics Both Both
Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics Both Both
Biophysics Both Both
Condensed Matter Physics Both Both
Engineering Physics/Science None Both
Materials Science, Metallurgy Both Both
Medical, Health Physics Both Enroute-to-PHD
Optics Both Both
Physics and other Science Education Both Both

Departmental Research and Staff

THEORETICAL

Applied Physics

The Ph.D. is in applied physics, interpreted broadly. While our research aims to answer fundamental scientific questions, it also often has practical applications (e.g., new electronic devices) in mind. The research often involves bringing to bear many different branches of physics.
Dario Arena, Matthias Batzill, Wei Chen, Robert Criss, Humberto Gutierrez, Robert Hoy, Xiaomei Jiang, Denis Karaiskaj, Myung Kim, Sergey Lisenkov, Kevin Mackay, Garrett Matthews, Alexander McCormick, Pritish Mukherjee, Andreas Muller, Martin Muschol, George Nolas, Ivan Oleynik, Jianjun Pan, Sagar Pandit, Manh-Huong Phan, Inna Ponomareva, Gauri Pradhan, David Rabson, Zhimin Shi, Hariharan Srikanth, Ghanim Ullah, Dmitry Voronine, Sarath Witanachchi, Maria Womack, Gerald Woods, Lilia Woods, Jiangfeng Zhou

Biophysics

Theoretical biophysics work in the department includes molecular-dynamics studies of membranes, simulation of calcium channels in cells, and cell-cell signaling in cancer.
Wei Chen, Garrett Matthews, Martin Muschol, Jianjun Pan, Sagar Pandit, Gauri Pradhan, David Rabson, Ghanim Ullah, Dmitry Voronine

Condensed Matter Physics

Theoretical work in the department includes both hard and soft condensed-matter physics; example systems include graphene and multiferroics.
Dario Arena, Matthias Batzill, Humberto Gutierrez, Robert Hoy, Xiaomei Jiang, Denis Karaiskaj, Myung Kim, Sergey Lisenkov, Pritish Mukherjee, Andreas Muller, George Nolas, Ivan Oleynik, Manh-Huong Phan, Inna Ponomareva, David Rabson, Zhimin Shi, Hariharan Srikanth, Ghanim Ullah, Dmitry Voronine, Sarath Witanachchi, Lilia Woods, Jiangfeng Zhou

Medical, Health Physics

Our Ph.D. in Applied Physics with emphasis in medical physics, offered in collaboration with the Moffitt Cancer Institute on the USF campus, is one of 24 CAMPEP-accredited doctoral programs in medical physics in the United States. After the core coursework in pure and applied physics, as well as electives including radiology, nuclear medicine, and imaging, students undertake dissertation research under the supervision of Moffitt faculty members affiliated with USF Physics.
Dmitry Voronine

Statistical & Thermal Physics

Stat-Mech research at USF encompasses applications in theoretical biophysics and hard and soft condensed matter.
Robert Hoy, Sergey Lisenkov, Ivan Oleynik, Sagar Pandit, Inna Ponomareva, Gauri Pradhan, David Rabson, Ghanim Ullah, Lilia Woods

EXPERIMENTAL

Applied Physics

The Ph.D. is in applied physics, interpreted broadly. While our research aims to answer fundamental scientific questions, it also often has practical applications (e.g., better thermoelectric materials) in mind. The research often involves bringing to bear many different branches of physics.
Dario Arena, Matthias Batzill, Wei Chen, Humberto Gutierrez, Xiaomei Jiang, Denis Karaiskaj, Myung Kim, Garrett Matthews, Pritish Mukherjee, Andreas Muller, Martin Muschol, George Nolas, Jianjun Pan, Manh-Huong Phan, Zhimin Shi, Hariharan Srikanth, Dmitry Voronine, Sarath Witanachchi, Maria Womack, Jiangfeng Zhou

Astronomy

Multi-wavelength spectroscopy of solar-system bodies and the interstellar medium
Maria Womack

Astronomy, Astrophysics, Planetary Science

Current observational research focuses on imaging and spectroscopy of comets and exoplanets.
Kevin Mackay, Alexander McCormick, Maria Womack

Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics

Areas of research include digital holographic microscopy, spectroscopy of correlated-electron systems, and metamaterials.
Xiaomei Jiang, Denis Karaiskaj, Myung Kim, Andreas Muller, Zhimin Shi, Dmitry Voronine, Jiangfeng Zhou

Biophysics

Examples of experimental biophysics research in the department include the role of amyloid in Alzheimer's disease and neutron-scattering studies of cell membranes.
Wei Chen, Myung Kim, Garrett Matthews, Martin Muschol, Jianjun Pan, Sagar Pandit, Ghanim Ullah, Dmitry Voronine

Condensed-Matter and Materials Physics

Research areas include magnetism, graphene, and surface science, and materials for energy applications.
Dario Arena, Matthias Batzill, Humberto Gutierrez, Xiaomei Jiang, Denis Karaiskaj, Sergey Lisenkov, Pritish Mukherjee, Andreas Muller, George Nolas, Ivan Oleynik, Manh-Huong Phan, Inna Ponomareva, David Rabson, Hariharan Srikanth, Dmitry Voronine, Sarath Witanachchi

Medical, Health Physics

Our Ph.D. in Applied Physics with emphasis in medical physics, offered in collaboration with the Moffitt Cancer Institute on the USF campus, is one of 24 CAMPEP-accredited doctoral programs in medical physics in the United States. After the core coursework in pure and applied physics, as well as electives including radiology, nuclear medicine, and imaging, students undertake dissertation research under the supervision of Moffitt faculty members affiliated with USF Physics.
Dmitry Voronine

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