Faculty Research Advisors

The following is a representative list of Duke professors and their research interests. (It is updated about once a year, usually at the beginning of the fall semester, so may be out of date by the end of the spring semester.) If you are interested in some professor not listed here, please feel free to contact that professor directly.

Color Key:

High Energy /
String Theory
Nuclear / QCD /
Quark-gluon Plasmas
Optics and Atomic/ Acoustics / FEL /
Condensed Matter /
Nonlinear Dynamics


Theory or
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 225) Research Topics (PHY 226/227) Availability (2011 - 2012 Academic Year)
Arce, Ayana N/A LHC measurements with ATLAS detector; high-energy physics detector development. Yes
Baranger, Harold N/A Nanoscale physics; Quantum interference in nanostructures; Molecular electronics; Quantum computing. 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. No
Behringer, Robert N/A Experiments and modeling of granular materials, and chaos, fluids, and dyamical systems. Yes
Brown, Robert Dynamical critical phenomena; Multiple scattering theory; Computational statistical mechanics; Neural networks; Genetic algorithms for optimization. Critical scaling of the helicity modulus; Computational multiple scattering band theory. No
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. Yes
Edwards, Glenn Biological physics: Tissue dynamics and pattern formation during early development. Biological physics: Tissue dynamics and pattern formation during early development. Yes
Finkelstein, Gleb Nanoscale physics. Nanoscale physics: electronic properties of carbon nanotubes and graphene; self assembled DNA nanostructures. Not sure
Gao, Haiyan Experimental medium energy (nuclear and particle) physics QCD structure of nucleon; Search for QCD exotics; Fundamental symmetry studies and the search for the neutron electric dipole moment; Polarized Compton scattering. Yes
Gauthier, Daniel N/A Quantum and nonlinear optics; Single-photon generation and detection; Atom trapping; Faster than light pulse propagation; Controlling and synchronizing chaos; Spatiotemporal chaos in optical systems. Yes
Goshaw, Alfred The standard model of elementary particles; Applied relativistic mechanics. Experiments using the ATLAS detector at the CERN Large Hadron Collider to study the Standard Model and search for new phenomena emerging from multi-TeV proton-proton collisions. The research uses the production of massive electroweak bosons to study their self-interaction and probe the production of new force carriers. Yes
Greenside, Henry N/A Theoretical neurobiology and biological physics. No
Guenther, Robert Modern optics; Introduction to photonics; Capstone design (PHY 193). Imaging; Optical coherence tomography; Medical instrumentation to the biodetection; Biodetection. Yes
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. Yes
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. Yes
Lawson, Dewey N/A Acoustics, including room acoustics modeling, hearing, and the physics of musical instruments. Yes
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. Yes
Mueller, Berndt N/A Relativistic heavy ion collisions; Quark-Gluon Plasma; Quantum Chromodynamics; Chaos; Thermalization. Yes
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. Yes
Palmer, Richard Networks; Phase transitions; Computational methods. Network algorithms; Glasses with constrained dynamics. Fall - Yes
Spring - No
Plesser, Ronen String Theory   Yes
Scholberg, Kate Experimental Elementary Particle Physics 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. Yes
Socolar, Joshua Soft condensed matter; Statistical mechanics; Chaos and control; Complex networks; Systems Biology. Network dynamics; Gene expression; Glassy dynamics; Tiling theory. Yes
Springer, Roxanne Effective Field Theory, Heavy Quark Physics, QCD. Parity violation, few nucleon EFTs, chiral perturbation theory, charm physics. Yes
Teitsworth, Stephen Solid state physics: electronic and optoelectronic properties of semiconductors and semiconductor nanostructures; Nonlinear waves, bifurcations, and stochastic dynamics in electronic transport systems. Experimental and computational studies of: 1) nonlinear electronic transport in semiconductor structures and devices, and 2) semiconductor superlattices for application as sources of terahertz (THz) radiation. Yes (Summer research opportunities are also available)
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. Yes