Areas of Current Research

Experimental Physics

Physics Applications in Biology & Medicine
Conradi, Miller and Wessel

  • Magnetic resonance imaging using hyperpolarized gas
  • Tissue characterization via ultrasound
  • Computer-assisted image processing
  • Experimental neural networks
  • Biophysics of computation in brains
  • Mechanical response of biomembranes and artificial tissue

Astrophysics & Space Sciences
Amari, Bernatowicz, Binns, Buckley, Bugaev, Cowsik, Floss, Israel, Kislat, Krawczynski, Meshik, Ogliore and Rauch

  • Cosmic-ray astrophysics
  • X-ray and gamma-ray astronomy
  • Cosmochronology
  • Meteorites and interplanetary dust
  • Interstellar grains from primitive materials
  • Analyses of returned extraterrestrial materials
  • Lunar and planetary science
  • Fundamental Physics & Gravitation

Atomic, Molecular & Optical Physics
Conradi, Henriksen and Murch

  • Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics
  • Quantum measurement and control
  • Laser polarized gases

Condensed Matter & Materials Physics
Conradi, Gibbons, Henriksen, Katz, Kelton, Miller, MurchSchilling and Solin

  • Nanostructured materials and nanotechnology
  • Non-equilibrium processing of materials
  • Quasicrystals, metallic glasses and other metastable materials
  • Liquid structures and properties
  • Amorphous semiconductors
  • Ultrasonics
  • Soft Matter
  • Magnetic resonance
  • High-pressure physics: Superconductivity & Magnetism
  • Metal hydrides & hydrogen storage solids
  • Quantum Electronic Properties of Graphene
  • Nano-fabrication techniques

Nuclear Physics
Charity, Dickhoff, Sarantites and Sobotka

  • In-medium correlations between nucleons
  • Exotic nuclear decay modes
  • Behavior of nuclei at high spin and excitation energy
  • Asymmetry dependence of the nuclear equation of state

Theoretical Physics

Cowsik, Ferrer, Katz and Krawczynski

  • Physics of neutron stars and black holes


  • Climate Studies

Carlsson and Clark

  • Polymerization of actin fibers in cells
  • Neural networks

Condensed Matter & Material Physics
Nussinov, Seidel and Yang (see also Kelton)

  • Strongly correlated electron systems
  • Superconductivity
  • Quantum Hall effect
  • Spin systems
  • Nanostructures
  • Nucleation in condensed phases
  • Topological orders
  • One-dimensional systems
  • Defect structures and properties
  • Excited states in solids
  • Cold atoms
  • Statistical Mechanics applications to computation
  • Glasses

Elementary Particles
Alford, Bender, Bernard, Ferrer, Nussinov and Ogilvie

  • Mathematical physics and quantum field theory
  • Lattice gauge theory
  • Perturbative and nonperturbative techniques
  • Quark matter and color superconductivity
  • Astroparticle physics and theoretical cosmology

Many-Body Theory
Clark and Dickhoff

  • Nuclear matter and quantum fluids
  • Correlations in nuclei