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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  • Celebration of 2018 Physics Nobel Prize: Lighting the way with microscopic tractor beams and sculpted laser pulse 

    Curtis, Jennifer; Raman, Chandra; Trebino, Rick (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-10-23)
    The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics recognizes two breakthrough inventions in laser physics. The first, optical tweezers, allows scientist and engineers to use lasers like the tractor beams of Star Trek to manipulate everything ...
  • Non-Euclidean Virtual Reality 

    Matsumoto, Elisabetta (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-10-15)
    The 2016 confirmation of Einstein's prediction of gravitational waves has put the spotlight back on the importance of curvature for the physics of the universe. While the ability of mass to curve our space has fueled the ...
  • Ultra-high Resolution Astronomical imaging using quantum properties of light 

    Kieda, David B. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-10-01)
    Ever since the first astronomical telescope observations made by Galileo (1610), optical astronomy has developed increasingly sophisticated methods for exploring the universe using only the classical (wave-description) ...
  • When Will We Find E.T. and What Happens If We Do? 

    Shostak, Seth (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-09-24)
    Are we alone in the universe? The scientific hunt for extraterrestrial intelligence is now well into its fifth decade, and we still haven’t discovered any cosmic company. Could all this mean that finding biology beyond ...
  • SETI: Any Closer to a Discovery? 

    Shostak, Seth (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-09-24)
    Are we alone in the universe? The scientific hunt for extraterrestrial intelligence is now well into its fifth decade, and we still haven’t discovered any cosmic company. Could all this mean that finding biology beyond ...
  • Generation and Stability of Charged Toroidal Droplets 

    Aizenman, Aaron
    In this project, we have determined the quantitative parameters governing the transition phases of charged toroidal droplets. An instability reminiscent of the Saffman-Taylor Instability (viscous fingers) has been observed ...
  • Model Selection in Gravitational Wave Astronomy 

    Napier, Katherine
    The several detections of gravitational waves by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) and the Virgo detector are providing insights about the nature of gravity in our Universe [1]. As the number ...
  • Single-molecule biophysics of toehold-mediated strand displacement 

    Broadwater, Douglas William Bo (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-07-23)
    This thesis focuses on three separate explorations into the nature of toehold-mediated strand displacement which is a reaction characterized by the swapping of one stably bound oligonucleotide for another. The first study ...
  • Physics communication and peer assessment in a reformed introductory mechanics classroom 

    Douglas, Scott S. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-07-16)
    We designed and implemented a set of introductory mechanics laboratory exercises featuring real-world data-gathering, computational modeling, and video lab reports with peer assessment. Our goal in developing a peer ...
  • Variable range hopping conduction in the epitaxial graphene buffer layer on SiC(0001) 

    Turmaud, Jean-Philippe (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-06-18)
    The properties of epitaxial graphene grown by thermal decomposition of hexagonal silicon carbide (SiC) have been the focus of extensive research for several decades now. In this thesis I am interested in the electronic ...
  • Computational modeling of dusty nuclear starburst disks and its consequences on observables 

    Gohil, Raj K. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-05-30)
    Active galactic nuclei (AGNs) are the most energetic non-explosive objects in the uni- verse whose comoving space density peaks near redshift z ∼ 2 (Wolf et al., 2003). They radiate energy across the electromagnetic spectrum ...
  • Quasi-two-dimensional Kolmogorov flow: Bifurcations and exact coherent structures 

    Suri, Balachandra (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-07-26)
    Fluid turbulence is nearly ubiquitous in natural and human-made systems. Despite systematic research for over hundred years, scientists are still searching for efficient ways to forecast and control the evolution of turbulent ...
  • Graphene near commensuration 

    Spitz, Stephen Tyler (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-04-05)
    For the past decade, graphene has been among the most heavily researched materials in condensed matter physics. In particular, its unusual electronic properties have spurred researchers to investigate new applications and ...
  • Nematic materials in curved spaces 

    Ellis, Perry W. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-03-19)
    When confined to curved surfaces or to bounded volumes, ordered materials often experience geometric frustration, where the order cannot be satisfied everywhere on the surface or in the volume. This frustration induces ...
  • On the effect of Lyman alpha trapping during the initial collapse of massive black hole seeds 

    Ge, Qi (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-03-26)
    One viable seeding mechanism for supermassive black holes is the direct gaseous collapse route in pre-galactic dark matter halos, producing objects on the order of 10^4 - 10^6 solar masses. These events occur when the gas ...
  • Gravitational wave asteroseismology from rapidly rotating neutron stars 

    Stavropoulos, Athanasios (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-01-04)
    The recent direct observations of gravitational waves from a binary black hole system and separately from a binary neutron star system are among the most exciting events in physics history. This is true not only because ...
  • Force microscopy of two-dimensional materials 

    Gao, Yang (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-04-07)
    Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) is a powerful tool for the characterization and fabrication of two-dimensional materials, which are films of a few atomic layers with strong in-plane bonds and weak van der Waals interactions ...
  • Theory of resonance and novel nonperturbative physics in twisted bilayer graphene 

    Carter, Steven C. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-04-06)
    Twisted bilayers of graphene have shown strikingly rich phenomenology while also posing significant theoretical challenges. As a consequence, many numerically discovered phenomena have defied analytical understanding to ...
  • Fabrication and characterization of epitaxial graphene nanoribbon transport devices 

    Vail, Owen (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-04-03)
    Patterned growth of epitaxial graphene has piqued the interest of the scientific community by revealing an interesting structure with a lot of potential: the sidewall nanoribbon. Epitaxial graphene is produced by ...
  • Computer Science in Six-Tenths of a Second: What Happens After Hitting ENTER in a Google Search 

    Fortnow, Lance (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-04-19)
    What is computer science? Ask Google or Alexa, and you'll get an answer like "the study of the principles and use of computers." That doesn't really capture the breadth of the field. But how can you get an answer in a ...

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