The following is a representative list of Duke professors and their research interests. It is updated at the beginning of each semester. If you are interested in some professor not listed here, please feel free to contact that professor directly. The "Coursework Topics" column refers to topics that could be topics for an advanced reading course supervised by the faculty member (Physics 491). The "Research Topics" column refers to possible topics for original research projects supervised by the professor, for credit (Physics 493 or 495) or, in some cases, paid work. Either or both may be available in a given semester.
Color Key:
Research Area |
High Energy / String Theory |
Nuclear / QCD / Quark-gluon Plasmas |
Optics and Atomic/ Acoustics / FEL / Astronomy |
Condensed Matter / Nonlinear Dynamics |
Theory or Experiment |
Theory opportunities only | Laboratory work available |
The colors give a rough indication of the professor's area of research. Use these to identify other professors who are likely to have similar interests, but note that many professors do some work outside their primary area.
Professor |
Coursework Topics (PHY 491) |
Research Topics (PHY 493/495) |
Prerequisites/Suggested Background |
Availability Fall 2014(see note below about future semesters) |
Arce, Ayana | N/A | LHC measurements with ATLAS detector; high-energy physics detector development. | Consult instructor | No |
Baranger, Harold | N/A |
Nanoscale physics; quantum emergent phenomena (tunneling in a dissipative environment; light-matter interaction (waveguide QED). |
Consult instructor | No |
Bass, Steffen | Heavy ion physics; Quark-gluon plasma; Numerical modeling of complex systems in nuclear physics. |
Phenomenology and signatures of the quark-gluon plasma; Transport theory of relativistic heavy-ion collisions. |
Consult instructor | Maybe |
Behringer, Robert | N/A | Experiments and modeling of granular materials, and chaos, fluids, and dyamical systems. | Consult instructor | Yes |
Brown, Robert | Dynamical critical phenomena; Multiple scattering theory; Computational statistical mechanics; Neural networks; Genetic algorithms for optimization; random numbers; Bayesian methods of inference; programming in C; quantum mechanics | N/A | Consult instructor | Yes |
Chandrasekharan, Shailesh | Quantum field theory; QCD; Statistical Mechanics, Monte-Carlo methods, correlated fermionic systems. | Cluster Algorithms and Sign Problems; Phases transitions and critical phenomena; Lattice QCD. | Consult instructor | Maybe |
Edwards, Glenn | Biological physics: Tissue dynamics and pattern formation during early development. | Biological physics: Tissue dynamics and pattern formation during early development. | Consult instructor | Yes |
Finkelstein, Gleb | Nanoscale physics. | Nanoscale physics: electronic properties of carbon nanotubes and graphene; self assembled DNA nanostructures. | Consult instructor | Maybe |
Gao, Haiyan | Experimental medium energy (nuclear and particle) physics |
Nucleon structure (proton charge radius, three-dimensional imaging of the nucleon, etc., fundamental symmetry studies and searches for parity and time reversal symmetry violating quantities and forces, polarized few-body photodisintegration processes and Compton scattering from polarized 3He targets, development of polarized gas targets. |
Consult instructor | Yes |
Gauthier, Daniel | N/A | Network dynamics, quantum communication, nonlinear optics with ultracold atoms. | For network dynamics, nonlinear dynamics course is important; for quantum communications, ECE course in photonics plus two courses in quantum mechanics; computer skills (LabView, Python, Matlab, C++) are very helpful; math up to MTH 107 or equivalent is helpful; experimental experiences such as the machine shop course and the electronics course are very helpful. | No |
Goshaw, Alfred | The standard model of elementary particles; Applied relativistic mechanics. |
A research program at the CERN Large Hadron Collider designed to test the Standard Model and search for new phenomena emergin from multi-TeV proton-proton collisions. The measurements use the Higgs boson and the massive electroweak bosons to study their self-interactions and search for new particles and force carriers. The research is done both at Duke at the with ATLAS detector at CERN. |
Consult instructor | Yes |
Greenside, Henry | N/A | Theoretical neurobiology and biological physics. | Consult instructor | No |
Guenther, Robert | Modern optics; Introduction to photonics; Capstone design (PHY 193). | Imaging; Optical coherence tomography; Medical instrumentation to the biodetection; Biodetection. | Consult instructor | TBD |
Kotwal, Ashutosh | Elementary particle physics; Electronics. | Analysis of experimental data at highest energies - investigating the origin of mass of fundamental particles, new forces and additional dimensions of space; Development of analysis techniques; Designing electronics for particle physics experiments. | Consult instructor | No |
Kruse, Mark | Experimental elementary particle physics | Data analysis from high energy proton-antiproton collisons (looking for Higgs and other new particles, measuring top quark properties); Statistical techniques for new particle searches; Characterising silicon vertex detector resolution using cosmic rays. | Consult instructor | No |
Lawson, Dewey | N/A | Acoustics, including room acoustics modeling, hearing, and the physics of musical instruments. | Consult instructor | TBD |
Mehen, Thomas | Effective field theory; Heavy quark physics; Quantum chromodynamics. | Two- and three- body nuclear systems at low energies; Heavy particle production at colliders; Heavy quark phyiscs, Application of EFT to hadronic physics. | Consult instructor | Yes |
Mueller, Berndt | N/A | Relativistic heavy ion collisions; Quark-Gluon Plasma; Quantum Chromodynamics; Chaos; Thermalization. | Consult instructor | No |
Oh, Seog | Experimental elementary particle physics. | Analysis of experimental data from CDF and ATLAS - Search for Higgs and particles beyond the Standard Model; Detector development for particle physics experiments. | Consult instructor | TBD |
Palmer, Richard | Networks; phase transitions; Computational methods. | Network algorithms; glasses with constrained dynamics. | Consult instructor | No |
Plesser, Ronen | String theory | N/A | Consult instructor | No |
Scholberg, Kate | Experimental elementary particle physics and particle astrophysics | Topics in neutrino physics: data analysis and detector studies, neutrino oscillation physics with atmospheric, beam and supernova neutrinos, non-standard interaction searches, detection of supernova neutrinos. | Programming experience, in any language, is helpful | Yes |
Socolar, Joshua | N/A |
Network dynamics, gene expression, phase transitions in colloids, self-assembly of non-periodic structures, tiling theory. |
Consult instructor | No |
Springer, Roxanne | Effective Field Theory, Heavy Quark Physics, QCD, SU(N) | Parity violation, few nucleon EFTs, chiral perturbation theory, charm physics, SU(N) | Consult instructor | Maybe |
Teitsworth, Stephen | Condensed matter physics, nonlinear dynamics | Experimental, computational, and theoretical studies of noise-induced transitions in nonlinear dynamical systems drawn from condensed matter physics; energy science | Consult instructor | Yes |
Wu, Ying | Charged particle optics; Nonlinear beam dynamics; Lie Algebra and Differentiation Algebra. | Designing next generation electron microscope optics; Study of ultrafast electron and laser pulses; Advanced computer control and feedback systems; Development of Free Electron Lasers and novel light sources. | Consult instructor | Yes |
Note on availability: "No" means a professor is not taking new undergraduate students in the given semester, because he or she is already advising students or some other reason. However, this list includes professors who frequently work with undergrads, and who may be able to take students in future semesters. So please feel free to contact faculty members to discuss future opportunities even if "No" is listed.