Research Areas in the School of Physics:

  • Atomic, Molecular and Chemical Physics
  • Biophysics
  • Computational Physics
  • Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
  • Non-Linear Dynamics and Statistical Physics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Optical: Classical & Quantum
  • Physics Education
  • Sub-Atomic Physics

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  • Center for Relativistic Astrophysics (CRA) [5]

    The Center for Relativistic Astrophysics (CRA) is devoted to interdisciplinary research and education linking astrophysics, astroparticle physics, numerical relativity and gravitational wave physics.

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  • How Materials Can Learn to Function 

    Liu, Andrea J. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2021-03-29)
    How does learning occur? In the context of neural networks, learning occurs via optimization, where a loss function is minimized to achieve the desired result. But physical networks such as mechanical spring networks or ...
  • Origins of Structure in Inner Planetary System 

    Murray-Clay, Ruth (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2021-03-01)
    Why do many stars host close-in chains of super-Earths? Why are eccentric gas giants found in some inner planetary systems? What determines which of these outcomes will occur around a particular star? I will present a ...
  • Understanding the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics + Q&A 

    Cvitanović, Predrag; Wells-Bonning, Erin (2020-11-11)
    Georgia Tech School of Physics professor and Glen P. Robinson Chair in Nonlinear Sciences Chair Predrag Cvitanović and Emory University Senior Lecturer and Director of the Planetarium Erin Wells Bonning explain the 2020 ...
  • Discovering Governing Equations from Noisy and Incomplete Data 

    Reinbold, Patrick K. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2020-12-07)
    Partial differential equations (PDEs) provide macroscopic descriptions of systems in many disciplinesthroughout physical science, such as for fluid flows. With increasingly vast amounts of data becoming avail-able ...
  • Spatiotemporal Tiling of the Kuramoto-Sivashinsky equation 

    Gudorf, Matthew (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2020-12-06)
    Motivated by space-time translational invariance and exponentially unstable dynamics, `spatiotemporally chaotic' or `turbulent' flows are recast as a (D+1)-dimensional spatiotemporal theory which treats space and time ...
  • Strong-Field Numerical Relativity in the Era of Gravitational Wave Astronomy 

    Ferguson, Deborah Lynn (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2020-11-19)
    The success of numerical relativity and gravitational wave detectors have paired to provide us with the opportunity to study Einstein’s theory of general relativity in the strongest gravitational regimes. With future ...
  • Controlling Mechanical Response in Metamaterials via Topological States of Matter 

    Saremi, Adrien Keyvan (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2020-08-18)
    Flexible metamaterials are defined by repeating structural patterns that permit them to possess exciting elastic properties, such as robust, programmable soft deformations. In recent years, they have profited from topological ...
  • Energetic Versatility of Muscle 

    Tune, Travis Carver (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2020-08-21)
    Muscle in an incredibly versatile, active, soft, crystalline material which makes it very unique. It is ubiquitous in animals across many scales, enabling a diverse range of locomotion types and mechanical functions, capable ...
  • Neutron Scattering and Quantitative Modeling of Magnetic Excitations in Frustrated Materials 

    Bai, Xiaojian (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-11-06)
    The basic theme of my Ph.D. research is understanding exotic magnetic phases of matter and investigate their collective low-energy excitations using neutron-scattering and quantitative modeling. In this thesis, I start ...
  • Unraveling Nanoscale Thermal Transport in Multilayered Semiconductors 

    Kothari, Kartik (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-09-09)
    A thorough comprehension and control of thermal transport in nanoscale thermoelectric, microelectronic and optoelectronic devices is crucial since it is paramount to their optimum performance. The fundamental understanding ...
  • Emergent Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanics from Death and Birth in Biofilms 

    Kalziqi, Arben L. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-10-04)
    This thesis experimentally explores the statistical mechanics which emerge in the study of bacterial biofilms, highly nonequilibrium communities in which a vast number of bacteria make their homes, and which are of tremendous ...
  • Machine Learning for Partial Differential Equations 

    Brenner, Michael P. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2020-11-16)
    When Newton's laws are applied in every point in space we arrive at a set of nonlinear partial differential equations describing the world. We often marvel at the complexity of the solutions, but we know very well that ...
  • Leveraging Nonlinear Dynamics in Mechanical and Electromechanical Structures 

    Erturk, Alper (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2020-11-04)
    This talk will review some of our recent and ongoing efforts on the leveraging of nonlinear dynamics in passive and active structures, spanning from nonlinear energy harvesting using piezoelectric smart structures to ...
  • Frustrated Magnetism and Searching For Quantum Spin Liquid Phases in Novel Materials 

    Bender, Darian Marie
    In my research, I wish to classify and identify a possible Quantum Spin-Liquid (QSL) phase on novel quantum materials. Materials of interest include the two triangular lattice materials, Li4CoTeO6 and Li4NiTeO6, in which ...
  • Self-propelled topological defects 

    Yeomans, Julia (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2020-10-26)
    Active materials such as bacteria, molecular motors and eukaryotic cells continuously transform chemical energy taken from their surroundings to mechanical work. Dense active matter shows mesoscale turbulence, the emergence ...
  • Superconductivity: There's Plenty of Cream at the Bottom 

    Hirschfeld, Peter J. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2020-10-19)
    In 1961, Brian Pippard gave a speech at IBM called "The Cat and the Cream", in which he declared that the superconductivity field was finished, at least for "young innocents who wish to break new ground": the cream was ...
  • A Mind Over Matter: The Life and Science of Philip W. Anderson 

    Zangwill, Andrew (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2020-10-12)
    Dr. Zangwill presents a biographical survey of the life and science of Nobel Laureate Philip W. Anderson, arguably the most productive and influential theoretical physicist of the second half of the twentieth century. He ...
  • Recipe for a Habitable Planet 

    Shields, Aomawa L. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2020-09-21)
    The discovery of numerous small exoplanets has brought the search for life beyond the Solar System into sharp focus on many potentially habitable worlds where life may exist. However, many factors and processes can affect ...
  • Sloppy models, differential geometry, and why science works 

    Sethna, James P. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2020-09-28)
    Models of systems biology, climate change, ecology, complex instruments, and macroeconomics have parameters that are hard or impossible to measure directly. If we fit these unknown parameters, fiddling with them until they ...
  • Comparative study of snake lateral undulation kinematics in model heterogeneous terrain dataset 

    Schiebel, Perrin E.; Hubbard, Alex M.; Goldman, Daniel I. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2020-09-24)
    Terrestrial organisms that use traveling waves to locomote must leverage heterogeneities to overcome drag on the elongate body. While previous studies illuminated how habitat generalist snakes self-deform to use rigid ...

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