Research Areas within the Department that are Currently Actively Recruiting Graduate Students Include the Following:

Nuclear Physics (Theoretical and Experimental)
Electroweak structure and reactions of atomic nuclei, equation of state of infinite nucleonic matter
Study of nucleon behavior in rare isotopes with relevance for neutron-star physics
Experimental study of open quantum systems in light nuclei

Dynamics and computation in recurrent neural circuits, statistical physics of complex evolving systems

Astrophysics (Experimental and Theoretical)
High energy astrophysics, dark matter, cosmic rays, strong and weak nuclear interactions, isotope mass spectrometry of extraterrestrial materials

Cosmology (Experimental and Theoretical)
Cosmic microwave background, gravitational waves, general relativity, large scale structure, dark matter, dark energy

Condensed Matter (Experimental)
Novel non-crystalline phases, such as metallic and silicate glasses and liquids;  nucleation processes in liquids and glasses; the relation between liquid structure and dynamics

Condensed Matter/Quantum Materials (Experimental)
Correlated electron physics in atomically thin materials: experiments on graphene and quantum spin liquid systems by electronic, optical, and thermodynamic probes at cryogenic temperatures and high magnetic fields

Condensed Matter (Theory)
First-principles simulations of novel electronic, optical, and magnetic properties of emerging nanostructures, including nanowires, graphene, and two-dimensional semiconductors and topological materials

Quantum Information (Experimental)
Superconducting circuits, open quantum systems, quantum thermodynamics, quantum sensing, microwave quantum optics

Extraterrestrial Materials  (Analytical and Experimental)
Using experiments and micro-analytics with extraterrestrial and analog materials to investigate the interaction between surfaces of airless bodies and the space environment