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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    Jackson, Zachary Lawrence (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2020-04-22)
    Patterns of behavior can arise in many body systems that are qualitatively different than that of the individual elements. In this dissertation, we explore emergent behaviors through three different projects. The first is ...
  • Leakage mitigation and correction techniques for topological surface codes 

    Brown, Natalie C. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2020-03-16)
    A large scale quantum computer would be able to solve many problems that remain intractable for modern classical computers. In order to build such a machine, the quantum system must be protected from environmental influences ...
  • Edge State Characterization of Epitaxial Graphene Nanoribbons and Modifications of the Electrical Structure of Buffer Graphene after Aluminum Oxide Deposition 

    Miettinen, Anna L. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2020-02-11)
    Graphene attracted a great deal of public interest because of its novel electrical characteristics, structural integrity, high electron mobility, and most important for my work, it was shown to be a room temperature ballistic ...
  • Transforming the Preparation of Physics Graduate Teaching Assistants 

    Alicea-Munoz, Emily (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-12-02)
    Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) are key partners in the education of undergraduate students. In large-enrollment intro physics classes, students spend roughly half of their in-class hours in labs and recitations under ...
  • Molecular Transport into the Outer Membrane of Gram-negative bacteria 

    Lundquist, Karl Philip (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-01-15)
    This thesis details novel insights gleaned from the application of molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to two protein systems, the $\beta$-barrel assembly machinery (BAM), and the lipopolysaccharide transport machinery ...
  • Pushing the Cell Envelope: Simulations at the Gram-negative Cellular Interface 

    Balusek, Curtis A (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-01-15)
    Computational simulations of bacterial membrane systems were performed in silico using molecular dynamics to describe the function and interaction of integral, membrane-spanning proteins with their native environment. ...
  • Limbless Locomotion in Complex Terrestrial Terrain 

    Schiebel, Perrin Elizabeth (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-01-15)
    Limbless locomotion is used by animals ranging from micro to macroscopic to move in a wide variety of terrains. Snakes in particular use their elongate bodies to swim in water, climb trees, burrow into sand and soil, crawl ...
  • Understanding Protein Folding and Assembly at the Outer Membrane of Pathogenic Gram-negative Bacteria 

    Hazel, Anthony (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-05-21)
    Antimicrobial resistance in pathogenic Gram-negative bacteria is quickly becoming a global pandemic, responsible for approximately two million illnesses and almost 23,000 deaths annually in the United States alone according ...
  • Properties of Two-Dimensional Materials Grown on Metal Substrates 

    Pan, Chi-Ruei (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-03-29)
    Supercell models are proposed to investigate the properties of three types of heterostructures formed by two-dimensional (2D) materials grown on metal substrates, including (1) silicon (Si) thin films on a silver (Ag) ...
  • Coherent structures in incompressible fluid flows 

    Short, Kimberly Yovel (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-11-08)
    The work is broadly related to the transition to turbulence in pipe at intermediate Reynolds numbers and includes a discussion of two classes of structures observed during the transition to turbulence: numerically-extracted ...
  • Mechanics of hierarchical, filamentous tissues 

    Michel, Jonathan A. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-11-12)
    Structural hierarchy, the property of possessing spatial organization on multiple, distinct length scales, is omnipresent in biological tissues, and is increasingly popular as a means of pursuing designer properties of ...
  • Transport in low-dimensional interacting systems 

    Sharma, Kamal (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-11-20)
    One-dimensional quantum many-body systems have been an interesting area of theoretical research since last 90 years. However, advances in fabrication technologies has led to influx of real materials and devices that are ...
  • Emergent collective phenomena in V. Cholerae biofilms, mixed human-autonomous fleets, and nascently multicellular bodies 

    Yanni, David (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-11-07)
    Here I focus on the physics of the evolution of multicellularity and division of labor, the cyberphysical risks of hacked internet connected vehicles, and diffusive motion that arises from cell reproduction and lysis (cell ...
  • All-Microwave Control of Hyperfine States in Ultracold Spin-1 Rubidium 

    Boguslawski, Matthew (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-10-04)
    The manipulation of quantum spin states in a spinor Bose-Einstein condensate is critical for nearly all types of studies in these systems. State control methods are used to initialize the state of the system, apply Hamiltonian ...
  • Coming Together Individuals at Different Scales Working for A Common Goal 

    Welsh, Andrea J. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-08-27)
    Patterns in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics can occur from self-organization and the interaction of constituents. In this thesis defense, I will explore patterns in two very different systems: (i) “chimera ...

    Wadsworth, Gable Marsh (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-11-09)
    Understanding RNA expression is critical to understand the connection between phenotype and genotype in living cells. To further complicate things, RNA splicing leads to the generation of multiple distinct isoforms which ...

    Jacobeen, Shane (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-10-26)
    In the history of life on earth, Evolutionary Transitions in Individuality (ETIs) have played a transformative role, increasing complexity and creating new hierarchies of orga- nization. Examples of ETIs–in which previously ...
  • Professor Debate on the Topic - Do We Live In a Simulation? 

    Cvitanović, Predrag; Holder, Mary; Klein, Hans; Rocklin, Zeb; Turk, Gregory; Vempala, Santosh (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-11-12)
    Do we live in a simulation? The School of Physics and the Society of Physics Students will host a public debate between faculty from the College of Science and the College of Computing to answer this question. This event ...
  • Cosmology and Exoplanets: Unpacking the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics 

    Li, Gongjie; Wise, John (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-10-22)
    Cosmology studies the universe at the largest scales, applying the laws of physics over billions of light years and all the way back to the universe's infancy. In dozens of groundbreaking publications, Jim Peebles laid the ...
  • Cube-Shaped Poo and Georgia Tech's Second Ig Nobel Prize 

    Hu, David L. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-10-08)
    How does a wombat produce cube-shaped feces? How long does it take an elephant to urinate? Answering these two questions have landed David Hu two Ig Nobel Prizes, awards given at Harvard University for research that ...

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