The Department of Physics includes seven organized research units and three research groups. Click below to see the people associated with each group along with their respective research interests.

 

ATOMIC, MOLECULAR AND OPTICAL PHYSICS

 

 Todd Ditmire

  • Intense Ultrafast Laser Interactions
  • AMO
  • Experimentalist

Mike Downer

  • Fermtosecond spectroscopy in condensed matter and plasmas
  • Surface nonlinear optics
  • Plasma-based particle accelerators

Manfred fink

  • Electron diffraction
  • Neutrino physics

Lothar frommhold (emeritus)

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics

Bjorn Hegelich

  • Interaction of ultra-intense electromagnetic fields with matter
  • High-energy density physics
  • Laser-particle interaction

Daniel Heinzen

  • Experimental quantum and atom optics
  • Ultracold Atomic Physics Group

John keto

  • Reactions and radiative processes of excited atoms, molecules and clusters
  • Laser Spectroscopy and Nanoparticle Research

mark raizen

  • Experimental atom optics

Greg sitz

  • Experimental studies of the dynamics of gas-surface interactions

 

CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS

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james chelikowsky

  • Computational materials science
  • Solid State Physics
  • Center for Computational Materials

alex de lozanne

  • Scanning tunneling microscopy
  • Atomic/magnetic force microscopy
  • Nanostructures
  • Thin films and devices
  • High temperature superconductors
  • Colossal magnetoresistance materials

alex demkov

  • Cndensed matter theory
  • Physics of electronic materials, surfaces and interfaces
  • Thin films and devices
  • Novel materials
  • Quantum transport
  • Atomic Design Group

 frederik DE WETTE (emeritus)

  • Theoretical studies of crystal surfaces and thin films
  • Lattice dynamics of high-temperature superconductors

james erskine

  • Experimental solid-state physics
  • Thin film magnetism
  • Surface physics
  • Applications of synchrotron radiation
  • Surface Physics Group

Gregory A fiete

  • Condensed matter theory
  • Strongly correlated electrons in lower dimensions
  • Frustrated Magnetism
  • Exotic quantum states
  • Quantum impurity problems
  • Spintronics
  • Correlated Quantum Matter Theory Group

J. david gavenda (emeritus)

  • Conduction electrons in metals using ultrasonic and electromagnetic waves

leonard kleinman (emeritus)

  • Density fluctional theory
  • Pseudopotential theory
  • Molecular dynamics
  • Ab Initio calculations of the electronic, magnetic and physical properties of solids, surfaces, and liquids

keji lai

  • Experimental condensed matter physics
  • Nanoscale electromagnetic imaging
  • Complex oxides
  • Nano-materials
  • Transport in low-dimensional systems
  • Lai Lab

XIAOQIN (ELAINE) LI

  • Ultrafast nonlinear spectroscopy in condensed matter
  • Quantum dynamics and control in nanostructures
  • Experimentalist

allan macdonald

  • Condensed matter theory
  • Electronic properties of semiconductors and metals
  • Spintronics
  • Magnetism
  • Superconductivity
  • Quantum Hall effect
  • Solid State Quantum computing
  • Condensed Matter Theory Group

john markert

  • Magnetism and superconductivity in oxides and heavy fermion systems
  • High temperature superconductivity
  • high pressure research
  • Magnetic resonance microscopy
  • Spin dynamics
  • Magnetic domain dynamics
  • Magnetism and Superconductivity Group

Qian Niu

  • Condensed matter theory
  • Quantum Hall effect
  • Nanostructures and quantum devised
  • Quasi-periodic systems
  • Vortex dynamics
  • Quantum Transport Theory Group

a. wilson nolle  (emeritus)

  • Musical instrument physics
  • Underwater acoustics
  • vioelastic phenomena
  • Fluid oscillations

chiH-kang (Ken) shih

  • Nanoscale electronic materials
  • Quantum engineering of metallic nanostructures
  • Fundamental electronic processes in semiconductor quantum dots
  • Nanoscale mchanical properties of soft matters
  • Nanoelectronic Materials Research Group

Maxim tsoi

  • Condensed matter experiement
  • Nanostructures
  • Spintronics
  • Magnetism and Spintronics Group

zhen Yao

  • Nanostructures and Mesoscopic physics
  • Condensed matter
  • Experimentalist

CENTER FOR PARTICLES AND FIELDS

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 Timothy Andeen

  • Experimental investigation of electroweak symmetry breaking and searches for new particles and interactions
  • Computing with large datasets of structured data

Arno Bohm

  • Particle phenomena in terms of algebraic and group-theoretical methods
  • Mathematics of quantum physics

Charles Chiu (emeritus)

  • Theoretical particle physics
  • Stucture of hadrons
  • Phenomenology in high energy collision phenomena
  • Laser-plasma physics
  • Acoustic agglomeration

Duane Dicus

  • Field theory of strong, weak, and electromagnetic interactions
  • Astrophysical implications of the weak force

Karol Lang

  • Experimental high energy physics
  • Rare decays
  • Neutrino interactions
  • Particle detectors

jack ritchie - director, center for particles and fields

  • Experimental high energy physics
  • Rare decays

Christina Markert

  • Relativistic heavy ion physics

Peter Onyisi

  • Experimental investigation of electroweak symmetry breaking and searches for new particles and interactions
  • Computing with large datasets of structured data

roy schwitters

  • High energy physics
  • Large scal detectors

CENTER FOR NONLINEAR DYNAMICS

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Ernst-ludwig Florin

  • Experimental biophysics/cell physics
  • Membranes
  • Biopolymers
  • Cell mechanics
  • Single molecules

Vernita Gordon

  • Adhering biological membranes; spatial structure in intercellular interactions; interactions leading to biofilm formation

michael marder

  • Theoretical investigations of pattern formation
  • Nonlinear dynamics, especially the dynamics of fracture
  • Phase transitions

William McCormick (emeritus)

  • Nonlinear dynamics
  • Waves and complex dynamics in chemical reaction-diffusion systems
  • Experimental condensed matter physics

Mark Raizen

  • Experimental atom optics

george shubeita

  • Experimental biophysics/cell physics
  • Molecular motor proteins

jack swift (emeritus)

  • Theoretical studies of phase transitions in liquid crystsals
  • Nonlinear dynamics
  • Instability and pattern formation
  • Chaos
  • Phases transitions

Harry swinney - director, center for nonlinear dynamics

  • Nonlinear dynamics
  • Instabilities and pattern formation
  • Chaos
  • Phase transitions

RELATIVISTIC HEAVY-ION PHYSICS

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rory coker

  • Nuclear reaction theory
  • Medium energy nuclear reactions and scattering

CHRISTINA MARKERT

  • Relativistic heavy-ion physics

C fred moore - (emeritus)

  • Relativistic heavy ion physics

Peter Riley (emeritus)

  • Relativistic heavy ion physics

 

 

INSTITUTE FOR FUSION STUDIES

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HERBERT BERK

  • Plasma confinement theory

richard fitzpatrick

  • Magnetohydrodynamic stability
  • Hydrodynamic stability
  • Driven magnetic reconnection
  • Momentum injection into fluids/plasmas via external perturbations

Kenneth Gentle

  • Plasma confinement and heating

richard hazeltine

  • Plasma physics

wendell horton, jr (emeritus)

  • Plasma physics
  • Fusion devices and space plasma
  • Nonlinear theory

Philip Morrison

  • Basic nonlinear plasma dynamics
  • Hamiltonian dynamics of few and infinite degree-of-freedom systems
  • Fluid mechanics

gennady shvets

  • Theory and simulations
  • Laser plasma interactions
  • Plasma-based accelerators
  • Photonics
  • Nano-plasmonics
  • Experimentalist
  • Phonon-assisted nanolithography
  • Compact surface-wave accelerators

francois L WAelbroeck - director, institute for fusion studies

  • Plasma Physics

 

CENTER FOR COMPLEX QUANTUM SYSTEMS

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arno bohm

  • Particle phenomena in terms of algebraic and group-theoretical methods
  • Mathematics of quantum physics

James chelikowsky

  • Computational materials science
  • Solid state physics

Alex de lozanne

  • Scanning tunneling microscopy
  • Atomic/magnetic force microscopy
  • Nanostructures, thin films and devices
  • High temperature superconfuctors
  • Colossal Magnetoresistance materials

alex demkov            

  • Condensed matter theory
  • Physics of electronic materials, surfaces and interfaces
  • Thin films and devices
  • Novel materials
  • Quantum transport
  • Materials Physics Lab

GREGORY A FIETE

  • Condensed matter theory
  • Strongly correlated electrons in lower dimensions
  • Frustrated magnetism
  • Exotic quantum states
  • Quantum impurity problems
  • Spintronics
  • Correlated Quantum Mattter Theory Group

Lothar frommhold (emeritus)

  • Atomic and molecular physics

daniel heinzen

  • Experimental quantum and atom optics

keji lai

  • Experimental condensed matter physics
  • Nanoscale electromagnetic imaging
  • Complex oxides
  • Nano-materials
  • Transport in low-dimensional systems

Xiaoqin (elaine) li

  • Ultrafast nonlinear spectroscopy in condensed matter
  • Quantum dynamics and control in nanostsructures
  • Experimentalist

Allan Macdonald - director, center for complex quantum systems

  • Condensed matter theory

john t markeRt

  • Magnetism and superconductivity in oxides and heavy fermion systems
  • High temperature superconductivity
  • High pressure research
  • Magnetic resonance microscopy
  • Spin dynamics
  • Magnetic domain dynamics

reuben mcdaniel, jr

  • Managing complexity
  • Knowledge Management
  • Health care management
  • Organizational design

qian niu

  • Non-equilibrium statistical mechanics
  • Quantum optics
  • Stochastic processes

tomio petrosky

  • Senior research scientist

Mark Raizen

  • Experimental atom optics

Linda reichl - Co-director, center for complex quantum systems

  • Quantum chaos
  • Transport theory
  • Nonlinear dynamics
  • Nonequilibrium statistical physics
  • Stochastic theory

William Schieve (emeriitus)

  • Non-equilibrium statistical mechanics
  • Quantum optics
  • Stochastic processes

chih-kang (ken) shih

  • Nanoscale electronic materials
  • Quantum engineering of metallic nanostructures
  • Fundamental electronic processes in semiconductor quantum dots
  • Nanoscale mechanical properties of soft matters

e c g sudarshan

  • Elementary particle physics
  • Quantum optics
  • Quantum field theory
  • Gauge field theories
  • Fibre bundles
  • Classical mechanics
  • Foundations of physics

Maxim tsoi

  • Condensed matter experiement
  • Nanostructures
  • Spintronics

jack turner

  • Nonequilibrium statistical and thermal physics
  • Nonlinear dynamics
  • Physics of self-organizing systems
  • Computational physics
  • Computer-based eduation

Zhen Yao

  • Nanostructures and mesoscopic physics
  • Condensed matter
  • Experimentalist

 

WEINBERG THEORY GROUP

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ELENA CACERES

  • String theory

  • Quantum gravity

  • Holography

  • Gauge/gravity duality

  • Supergravity solutions

  • Black holes

Jacques Distler

  • High energy theory
  • Mathematical physics
  • String theory

willy fischler

  • Field theory
  • Supersymmetry
  • String theory
  • Quantum cosmology
  • Statistical mechanics

vadim kaplunovsky

  • Field theory
  • Supersymmetry
  • String theory

Can Kilic

  • Theoretical particle physics
  • Extensions of the Standard Model
  • Collider phenomenology
  • Dark matter models and sesarches

RICHARD MATZNER

  • General relativity and cosmology
  • Kinetic theory
  • Black hole physics
  • Gravitational radiation
  • Lead PI on the Binary Black Hole Grand Challenge Project

sonia paban

  • Particle phenomenology and string theory
  • Particle physics
  • Theory

Steven Weinberg - Director, weinberg theory group

  • Particle Physics
  • Unification of fundamental interactions
  • Cosmology

 

 

CENTER FOR HIGH ENERGY DENSITY PHYSICS

 CHEDS Home Page

 

Todd Dittmire - Director, Center for High Energy Density Science

  • Intense ultrafast laser interactions
  • AMO
  • Experimentalist

Aaron Bernstein - Assistant Director

 

Michael Donovan - Associate Director, Texas Petawatt Laser

 roger bengston (emeritus)

  • Experimental plasma physics
  • Plasma spectroscopy

michael downer

  • Femtosecond spectroscopy in condensed matter and plasmas
  • Surface nonlinear optics
  • Plasma-based particle accelerators

Bjorn Hegelich

  • Interaction of ultra-intense electromagnetic fields with matter
  • High-energy density physics
  • Laser-particle interaction

gennady shvets

  • Theory and simulations
  • Laser-plasma interactions
  • Plasma-based accelerators
  • Photonics
  • Nano-plasmonics
  • Experiment: Phonon-assisted nanolithography; compact surface-wave accelerators