Research

Accelerator Physics

Tom Katsouleas: use of plasmas as novel particle accelerators and light sources

Ying Wu: nonlinear dynamics of charged particle beams, coherent radiation sources, and the development of novel accelerators and light sources

Biological Physics

Nick Buchler: Molecular mechanisms and the evolution of switches and oscillators in gene networks; systems biology; comparative genomics

Glenn Edwards: Interests include 1) the transduction of light to vibrations to heat and pressure in biological systems and 2) how biology harnesses physical mechanisms during pattern formation in early Drosophila development.

Gleb Finkelstein: Electronic transport in carbon nanotubes and graphene; Inorganic nanostructures based on self-assembled DNA scaffolds.

Henry Greenside: Theoretical neurobiology in collaboration with Dr. Richard Mooney's experimental group on birdsong.

Calvin Howell: Measurement of the neutron-neutron scattering length, carbon and nitrogen accumulation and translocation in plants.

Joshua Socolar: Organization and function of complex dynamical networks, especially biological networks, including electronic circuits and social interaction networks

Warren Warren: novel pulsed techniques, using controlled radiation fields to alter dynamics; ultrafast laser spectroscopy or nuclear magnetic resonance

 

Condensed Matter Physics

Harold Baranger: Theory of quantum phenomena at the nanometer scale; many-body effects in quantum dots and wires; conduction through single molecules; quantum computing; quantum phase transitions

Robert Behringer: Experiments on instabilities and pattern formation in fluids; flow, jamming, and stress patterns in granular materials.

David Beratan: molecular underpinnings of energy harvesting and charge transport in biology; the mechanism of solar energy capture and conversion in man-made structures

Shailesh Chandrasekharan: Theoretical studies of quantum phase transitions using quantum Monte Carlo methods; lattice QCD

Albert Chang: Experiments on quantum transport at low temperature; one-dimensional superconductivity; dilute magnetic semiconductor quantum dots; Hall probe scanning.

Patrick Charbonneau: in- and out-of-equilibrium dynamical properties of self-assembly. Important phenomena, such as colloidal microphase formation, protein aggregation.

Stefano Curtarolo: Nanoscale/microscale computing systems & Quantum Information.

Gleb Finkelstein: Experiments on quantum transport at low temperature; carbon nanotubes; Kondo effect; cryogenic scanning microscopy; self-assembled DNA templates.

Jianfeng Lu: Mathematical analysis and algorithm development for problems from computational physics, theoretical chemistry, material sciences and others.

Maiken H. Mikkelsen: Experiments in Nanophysics &  Condensed Matter Physics

Richard Palmer: Theoretical models of learning and memory in neural networks; glassy dynamics in random systems with frustrated interactions.

Joshua SocolarTheory of dynamics of complex networks;  Modeling of gene regulatory networks;  Structure formation in colloidal systems;  Tiling theory and nonperiodic long-range order.

David Smith:  theory, simulation and characterization of unique electromagnetic structures, including photonic crystals and metamaterials

Stephen Teitsworth: Experiments on nonlinear dynamics of currents in semiconductors.

Weitao Yang: developing methods for quantum mechanical calculations of large systems and carrying out quantum mechanical simulations of biological systems and nanostructures

 High Energy Physics

Ayana Arce: Searches for top quarks produced in massive particle decays, Jet substructure observable reconstruction, ATLAS detector simulation software framework

Alfred T. Goshaw: Study of Nature's most massive particles, the W and Z bosons (carriers of the weak force) and the top quark.

Ashutosh Kotwal: Experimental elementary particle physics; instrumentation, Precisely measure the mass of the W boson, which is sensitive to the quantum mechanical effects of new particles or forces.

Mark Kruse: Higgs boson, production of vector boson pairs, and model-independent analysis techniques for new particle searches.

Seog Oh: High mass di-lepton search, WW and WZ resonance search, A SUSY particle search, HEP detector R&D

Kate Scholberg: Experimental particle physics and particle astrophysics; neutrino physics with beam, atmospheric and supernova neutrinos (Super-K, T2K, LBNE, HALO, SNEWS)

Chris Walter:  Experimental Particle Physics, Neutrino Physics, Particle-Astrophysics, Unification and CP Violation

 

Imaging and Medical Physics

James T. Dobbins III: advanced imaging applications to improve diagnostic accuracy in clinical imaging, scientific assessment of image quality, developing lower cost imaging for the developing world

Bastian Driehuy: developing and applying hyperpolarized gases to enable fundamentally new applications in MRI

Alan Johnson:  engineering physics required to extend the resolution of MR imaging and in a broad range of applications in the basic sciences

Ehsan Samei: design and utilization of advanced imaging techniques aimed to achieve optimum interpretive, quantitative, and molecular performance

Warren Warren: novel pulsed techniques, using controlled radiation fields to alter dynamics; ultrafast laser spectroscopy or nuclear magnetic resonance

 

Nonlinear and Complex Systems

The Center for Nonlinear and Complex Systems (CNCS) is an interdisciplinary University-wide organization that fosters research and teaching of nonlinear dynamics, chaos, pattern formation and complex nonlinear systems with many degrees of freedom.

Robert Behringer: Experiments on instabilities and pattern formation in fluids; flow, jamming, and stress patterns in granular materials.

Patrick Charbonneau: in- and out-of-equilibrium dynamical properties of self-assembly. Important phenomena, such as colloidal microphase formation, protein aggregation.

Henry Greenside: Theory and simulations of spatiotemporal patterns in fluids; synchronization and correlations in neuronal activity associated with bird song.

Daniel Gauthier: Experiments on networks of chaotic elements; generation and control of high speed chaos in electronic and optical systems; electrodynamics of cardiac tissue and the onset of fibrillation.

Jian-Guo Liu: Applied mathematics, nonlinear dynamics, complex system, fluid dynamics, computational sciences

Richard Palmer: Theoretical models of learning and memory in neural networks; glassy dynamics in random systems with frustrated interactions.

Joshua Socolar: Theory of dynamics of random networks with applications to gene regulation; stress patterns in granular materials; stabilization of periodic orbits in chaotic systems.

Stephen Teitsworth: Experiments on nonlinear dynamics of currents in semiconductors.

Ying Wu: nonlinear dynamics of charged particle beams, coherent radiation sources, and the development of novel accelerators and light sources

Tom Katsouleas: use of plasmas as novel particle accelerators and light sources

 

Experimental Nuclear Physics

The Duke physics department is the host of the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory consisting of three experimental facilities: LENA, FN tandem Van de Graff, and The High Intensity Gamma Source (HIGS) at the Free Electron Laser Laboratory.

Mohammad Ahmed: Study of few nucleon systems with hadronic and gamma-ray probes.

Phillip Barbeau: Experimental Nuclear & Particle Astro-Physics, Double Beta Decay, Neutrinos and Dark Matter

Haiyan Gao: Neutron EDM, Precision measurement of proton charge radius, Polarized Compton scattering, neutron and proton transversity, search for phi-N bound state, polarized photodisintegration of 3He

Calvin Howell: quantum chromodynamics (QCD) description of structure and reactions of few-nucleon systems, Big Bang and explosive nucleosynthesis, and applications of nuclear physics in biology, medicine and national security

Werner Tornow: weak-interaction physics, especially in double-beta decay studies and in neutrino oscillation physics using large scale detectors at the Kamland project in Japan.

Henry Weller:  Using radiative capture reactions induced by polarized beams of protons and deuterons to study nuclear systems

Ying Wu: nonlinear dynamics of charged particle beams, coherent radiation sources, and the development of novel accelerators and light sources

 

 Theoretical Nuclear and Particle Physics

Steffen A. Bass: Physics of the Quark-Gluon-Plasma (QGP) and ultra-relativistic heavy-ion collisions used to create such a QGP under controlled laboratory conditions.

Shailesh Chandrasekharan: Quantum Critical Behavior in Fermion Systems, Using the generalized fermion bag algorithm, Applications to Graphene and Unitary Fermi Gas.

Thomas Mehen: Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) and the application of effective field theory to  hadronic physics.

Berndt Müller: Nuclear matter at extreme energy density; Quantum chromodynamics.

Roxanne P. Springer: Weak interactions (the force responsible for nuclear beta decay) and quantum chromodynamics (QCD, the force that binds quarks into hadrons).

 

Geometry and Theoretical Physics 

Paul Aspinwall: String theory is hoped to provide a theory of all fundamental physics encompassing both quantum mechanics and general relativity.

Hubert Bray: geometric analysis with applications to general relativity and the large-scale geometry of spacetimes.

Ronen Plesser: String Theory, the most ambitious attempt yet at a comprehensive theory of the fundamental structure of the universe.

Arlie Petters: problems connected to the interplay of gravity and light (gravitational lensing, general relativity, astrophysics, cosmology)

 

Quantum Optics/Ultra-cold atoms

Daniel Gauthier: Topics in the fields of nonlinear and quantum optics, and nonlinear dynamical systems.

Jungsang Kim: Quantum Information & Integrated Nanoscale Systems

Maiken H. Mikkelsen: Experiments in Nanophysics &  Condensed Matter Physics