Bryn Mawr College

Department of Physics

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101 North Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899
(610) 526-5358
(610) 526-7469 (fax)

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Bryn Mawr College

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(Final degree/Enroute to PhD)
Astrophysics Theoretical Both
Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics Experimental Both
Condensed Matter Physics Experimental Both
Cosmology & String Theory Theoretical Both
Plasma and Fusion Experimental Both

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Cosmology & String Theory

String theory and its applications to quantum field theory, cosmology, and particle physics.
Michael Schulz

Galaxy Evolution & Dynamics.

Evolution of galaxies through internal dynamical processes. Use analytic arguments and simulations to explore the orbital response to non-axisymmetric structures in the disk, like spiral arms, a bar, giant molecular clouds, or dark matter substructure. Resonant response, the nature of transient spiral structure, and the emergence of major structural components of the galaxy. Orbital stability and chaos. Kinematic heating.
Kathryne Daniel


Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics

Resonant energy transfer in ultra-cold samples of highly excited atoms using laser cooling and trapping techniques to prepare and manipulate the atomic sample and study the extremely long-range many-body interactions that result when the atoms are excited to weakly bound states.
Michael Noel

Condensed Matter Physics

Fabrication, characterization, and application of nanoscale materials, including templated electrochemical deposition of nanoscaled materials for energy and medical applications, time-resolved photoemission electron microscopy imaging of spin dynamics in magnetic nanostructures, and X-ray magnetic circular dichroism study of multi-ferroic materials. Synchrotron X-ray-based experiments are carried out at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory.
Xuemei Cheng

Plasma and Fusion

Study of magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) turbulence in a laboratory plasma device. Analysis of fluctuations in magnetic field, fluid flows, density, and temperature of plasma is conducted using a wide variety of time-series and statistical techniques including spectral decomposition, wavelets, probability distribution functions, temporal and spatial correlations, conditional averaging, and permutation entropy/statistical complexity. Goals include understanding the mechanisms involved in energy transfer and energy dissipation in MHD turbulence and making comparisons to simulations and satellite observations of heliospheric turbulence (such as that found in the solar wind and magnetosheath). Studies of turbulent suppression and transport mechanisms in edge plasma relevant to magnetic confinement fusion are carried out on the Large Plasma Device (LAPD), an NSF User Facility at the University of California, Los Angeles.
David Schaffner

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