# Physics & Astronomy Faculty Research Areas

*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.

Students who are interested in studying a topic that does not appear on this list should 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

- Supernovae
- 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

## Christian Drischler

- Neutron stars
- Equation of state of neutron-rich matter
- Chiral effective field theory
- Many-body perturbation theory
- Bayesian methods for uncertainty quantification
- Emulators for nuclear physics and model (order) reduction
- Computational physics

## 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

## Saw-Wai Hla

- Organic and Molecular Electronics
- Nanostructures on Surfaces

## David Ingram

- Academic Integrity for Teaching Assistants and Research Assistants

## Martin Kordesch

- Acoustics
- Microscopy
- 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

## 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

- Optics
- Photonics
- Spectroscopy
- 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