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Faculty Expertise

Students are welcome to contact faculty regarding opportunities for study in the following special topic areas, beyond the Department's standard curriculum.

Opportunities for study may take the form of a special topics course, lecture series, seminar, or directed reading, depending on the scope of material, student interest, and faculty availability.

Are you interested in studying a topic that does not appear on this list? Feel free to ask individual faculty if this is an option, or contact the Graduate Chair for advice.

Markus Boettcher
High Energy Astrophysics (X-ray, Gamma-Ray)
Radiation Mechanisms
Radiation Transfer
Relativistic Astrophysics

Carl Brune
Early Universe/Big-Bang Nucleosynthesis
Other Nuclear Astrophysics Topics
R-matrix Description of Nuclear Reactions
Detection of Nuclear Gamma Rays

Horacio Castillo
Supercooled Liquids and Gasses
Non-equilibrium Statistical Mechanics
Soft Condensed Matter Physics (including Polymers, Colloids, Liquid Crystals
Foams, Granulars)

Gang Chen
X-ray Characterization of Materials
Nanostructured Materials by Self Assembly
Glass and Disordered Materials

Ryan Chornock
Gamma-ray Bursts
Black Holes
Transient and Time-domain Astronomy

Douglas Clowe
Topics in Cosmology (Dark Energy, Dark Matter, Structure Formation)
Gravitational Lensing
Astronomical Data Reduction

David Drabold
Practical Electronic Structure
Computational Physics/Numerical Analysis
Amorphous Materials
Electronic Structure of Matter: Character of Electron States in Molecule
Crystalline and Disordered Solids

Charlotte Elster
Any Topic of Few-Body Physics
Quantum Mechanical Scattering Theory (nonrelativistic/relativistic)
Many-Body Scattering
Relativistic Quantum Mechanics
Three-Body Problem, Field Theory (mostly as applied to nuclear physics)
Numerical techniques as applied in Scattering Problems

Justin Frantz
Computing/Simulation Methods
Particle Physics
Experimental Methods in Particle Physics
Statistics/Handling of Statistical Uncertainties

Alexander Govorov
Physics of Nanostructures
Optical Phenomena in Solid State Physics
Many-body Effects in Condensed Matter Physics

Steve Grimes
Neutron Physics
Level Densities
Optical Model

Ken Hicks
Quark Structure of Matter and Particle Resonances
Particle Physics (quarks, leptons and electroweak unification)
Data Analysis Software for Large Databases
Mathematics of Finite Fields

Saw-Wai Hla
Organic and Molecular Electronics
Nanostructures on Surfaces

David Ingram
Academic Integrity for Teaching Assistants and Research Assistants

Peter Jung
Theoretical and Computational Biophysics and Neurosciences
Non-equilibrium Statistical Physics and Stochastic Processes
Nonlinear Dynamics (survey of chemical reactions, fluid dynamics
excitable media, pattern formation) Path Integral Methods in Quantum Mechanics and Dissipative Quantum Mechanics

Martin Kordesch
Thin Film Physics

Mark Lucas
Physics Education Research
Technology in Education

Alexander Neiman
Theory of Oscillations
Bifurcation Theory
Chaos Theory
Stochastic Processes
Information Theory
Nonequilibrium Statistical Physics
Biophysics of Neural Systems
Models of Sensory Systems

Daniel Phillips
Non-Abelian Gauge Theories, especially QCD
Effective Field Theories
Chiral Perturbation Theory
Strongly Interacting Systems near the Unitary Limit
Structure and Dynamics of Few-nucleon Systems
Electron- and Photon-induced Reactions on Nucleons and Nuclei

Madappa Prakash
Computational Physics
Physical Kinetics
Physics and Astrophysics of Compact Objects
Physics of Heavy Ion Collisions
Many-Body Physics
Advanced Topics in Nuclear Theory
Mathematical Methods

Julie Roche
Statistical Treatment of Data
Experimental Method in Particle Physics
Computing in High Energy Physics (FORTRAN, C++)

Nancy Sandler
Many-Body Techniques in Condensed Matter Physics

Hee-Jong Seo
Cosmology: Large Scale Structure Study using Galaxy Surveys and Week-lensing Surveys

Joe Shields
Nebular Astrophysics
Active Galactic Nuclei
Basic Aspects of Telescope Design
X-ray Astronomy
Interstellar Medium
Astronomical Spectroscopy
History of Modern Astronomy

Arthur Smith
Surface Physics
Surface Analytical Techniques
Magnetism at Surfaces, Atomic-Scale Magnetism
Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM), Spin-Polarized STM
Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE), Pulsed Laser Epitaxy (PLE)
Semiconductors and Metals: Growth and Surface Structure
Nitrides, including Transition Metal Nitrides: MBE Growth and Properties

Eric Stinaff
Semiconductor Physics
Semiconductor Nanostructures
Quantum Dots
Quantum information

David Tees
Cell and Molecular Biophysics
Diffusion/Brownian Motion (with lab demos)
Life at Low Reynolds Number
Overview of Intermolecular (van der Waals) Forces
Adhesion and forced Unbinding Techniques
Molecular motors

Sergio Ulloa
Physics of Nanostructures

Updated: 2010 December 17

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