Wayne State University

Department of Physics and Astronomy

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666 West Hancock
Suite # 135 Physics Research Building
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 577-2720 (C)
(313) 577-3932 (fax)

http://physics.clas.wayne.edu

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Specialties for Degree Program

Research specialty Degree type
PhD
(Theoretical/Experimental)
Master's
(Final degree/Enroute to PhD)
Astrophysics Both Both
Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics Theoretical Both
Biophysics Experimental Both
Condensed Matter Physics Both Both
Low Temperature Physics Experimental Both
Materials Science, Metallurgy Experimental Both
Nuclear Physics Both Both
Particles and Fields Both Both
Physics of Beams Experimental Both

Departmental Research and Staff

THEORETICAL

Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics

Studying the scattering of positrons (antiparticles of electrons) and electrons from various atoms and molecules.
Jogindra Wadehra

Computational Nuclear Physics-Interdisciplinary

Distributed and high performance computing applications to simulations of nuclear collisions; Monte Carlo simulation, Algorithms, Data Science, Bayesian Statistical analysis, Heterogeneous Computation Architectures.
Abhijit Majumder, Joern Putschke

Condensed Matter Physics

Material structures and growth; multiple-scale modeling; non-equilibrium phenomena in complex systems; spintronics; topological phases of matter; two-dimensional materials.
Zhi-Feng Huang, Alex Matos Abiague

Nuclear Physics

QCD phenomenology; relativistic heavy-ion collisions; quark gluon plasma; extended systems of QCD matter at all temperatures and densities that are experimentally accessible; Jet & electromagnetic tomography in strongly-coupled systems; Gluon saturation and 3D imaging of nucleus at high energy.
Sean Gavin, Abhijit Majumder, Chun Shen

Particles and Fields

Heavy quark physics, CP violation, electroweak physics, and QCD phenomenology; Higgs, dark matter, and beyond the Standard Model phenomenology and model building.
Gil Paz, Alexey Petrov, Nausheen Shah

Plasma and Fusion

Production and diagnostics of negative ion beams.
Jogindra Wadehra

EXPERIMENTAL

Astrophysics

Accretion onto neutron stars and black holes in X-ray Binaries & Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN), Relativistic Fe Lines in neutron star los-mass X-ray binaries, observational probes of the neutron star equation of state (neutron star radii and masses).
Edward Cackett

Biophysics

Molecular Motor. Single molecule imaging studies with Total Internal Reflection Fluorescent (TIRF)microscopy. Measuring single-/multiple-power stroke of molecular motor by using Optical tweezers, Traction force microscopy for cancer research. Molecular and cellular imaging, protein dynamics using neutron and X-ray scattering. Biological Physics - Subdiffraction-limited optics and biological membranes by using nanoscale engineering and biophysical techniques. Single-molecule and live cell atomic force microscopy.
Xiang-Qiang Chu, Peter Hoffmann, Christopher Kelly, Takeshi Sakamoto

Condensed Matter Physics

Atomic force and scanning tunneling microscopy of surfaces; Magnetic materials and device applications; Conventional and high-temperature superconductivity; Andreev reflection; Electron and Josephson tunneling; Spin transport and spin polarization; Spintronics; Ion channeling; Thin-film and materials research; Surface studies and modification; Energy storage and generation materials; Calorimetric and ultrasonic properties; Raman spectroscopy; Soft matter physics, polymers and nano-confined liquids.
Peter Hoffmann, Jian Huang, Ashis Mukhopadhyay, Boris Nadgorny, Ratna Naik, Karur Padmanabhan, Zhixian Zhou

Nuclear Physics

High energy nuclear collisions, quark-gluon plasma, strongly interacting matter at extreme temperatures and densities.
William Llope, Claude Pruneau, Joern Putschke, Sergei Voloshin

Particles and Fields

Exotic searches and precision measurements at LHC/CMS; Micro-pattern gas and silicon micro-strip detector development, heavy quark physics at KEK/BELLE; Electron beamstrahlung detector development.
Giovanni Bonvicini, David Cinabro, Robert Harr, Paul Karchin

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