Rice University

Department of Physics and Astronomy

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201 Brockman Hall
6100 Main St
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 348-4938
(713) 348-4150 (fax)

https://physics.rice.edu

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Specialties for Degree Program

Research specialty Degree type
PhD
(Theoretical/Experimental)
Master's
(Final degree/Enroute to PhD)
Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics Both Enroute-to-PHD
Biophysics Both Enroute-to-PHD
Condensed Matter Physics Both Enroute-to-PHD
Galactic Astronomy Both Enroute-to-PHD
Nuclear and Particle Physics Experimental Enroute-to-PHD
Relativistic Astrophysics and Cosmology Both Enroute-to-PHD
Space Plasma Physics Both Enroute-to-PHD

Departmental Research and Staff

THEORETICAL

Astrophysics

High-energy electromagnetic processes; dense and/or intensely magnetized plasmas; accretion disk phenomena; gamma-ray bursters; radiative shock waves; photodissociation regions.
Mustafa Amin, Matthew Baring, Patrick Hartigan, Andrea Isella, Christopher Johns-Krull, Eugene Levy, Edison Liang, Andrew Long

Atmosphere, Space Physics, Cosmic Rays

Magnetospheric structure and dynamics, both terrestial and planetary; electromagnetic wave-particle interactions.
David Alexander, Matthew Baring, Stephen Bradshaw, Anthony Chan, Stanislav Sazykin, Frank Toffoletto

Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics

Degenerate quantum gases; atom optics; quantum optics; nonequilibrium dynamics. quantum resources for metrology, communication, and computation.
Kaden Hazzard, Han Pu

Biophysics

Molecular biophysics; statistical mechanics and bioinformatics.
Anatoly Kolomeisky, Jose Onuchic, Peter Wolynes

Condensed Matter Physics

Strongly correlated electron systems in high-temperature superconductors and mesoscopic structures; non-Fermi liquid behavior in various systems; particle-surface interactions.
Matthew Foster, Andriy Nevidomskyy, Peter Nordlander, Gustavo Scuseria, Qimiao Si

EXPERIMENTAL

Astrophysics of Star and Planet Formation

Multiwavelength imagery and spectroscopy of astrophysical plasmas, particularly HII regions, nebulae, and star-forming regions; gamma-ray bursters and pulsars; formation of planetary systems; accretion disks; young stars; stellar-exoplanet interactions; stellar jets; laboratory astrophysics; the chemistry of gaseous nebulae; solar corona; solar-terrestrial interactions; dark matter searches (XENON).
Patrick Hartigan, Andrea Isella, Christopher Johns-Krull, Eugene Levy

Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics

Quantum gases and Bose-Einstein condensation; Rydberg atoms, ion-surface interactions, and electron-molecule interactions.
F. Dunning, Randall Hulet, Thomas Killian, Guido Pagano

Biophysics

Studies of membrane ion channels; nanoscale probes; biological macromolecular assemblies; photothermal techniques.
Jason Hafner, Ching-Hwa Kiang

Condensed Matter Physics

Electrical transport in lithographically and chemically formed nanostructures; novel electronic materials; controlling quantum materials.
Pengcheng Dai, Naomi Halas, Junichiro Kono, Emilia Morosan, Douglas Natelson, Ming Yi

Nuclear and Particle Physics

Detector development, hardware, and software, for RHIC and CMS; study of quark-gluon plasma at RHIC, XENON dark-matter search.
Karl Ecklund, Frank Geurts, Wei Li, B. Padley, Pablo Yepes

Space Plasma Physics

Mission planning and data analysis for earth and planetary plasma probes.
David Alexander, Stephen Bradshaw, Anthony Chan, Patricia Reiff, Stanislav Sazykin, Frank Toffoletto

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