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PHYS 8990 Research Topics

  • All first-year PhD/MS-seeking graduate students (except MS-NT-seeking students) are required to take two semesters of PHYS 8990, Introduction to Research, also known as Research Rotation. In this course, the student spends one half of each semester doing a research project under the supervision of a faculty member. Each semester the student will choose two topics from the list below. Availability is first-come, first-serve. To secure slots for this course, contact the instructors of your choice from the table below.
  • Please do not choose more than one project from any given supervisor and do not choose projects from supervisors with whom you have already worked in an earlier semester.
  • You must register for PHYS 8990 at ATHENA after choosing your topics. Furthermore, you must notify Ms. Robin Taylor ( of which instructors and topics you have chosen after registering for PHYS 8990.

List of Topics for Fall 2023


Research Topic Title

Yohannes Abate Low Dimensional Quantum Materials Physics
Yohannes Abate Quantum and Nanoscale Optics
Yohannes Abate Terahertz Nano-spectroscopic Imaging
Michael Bachmann Structural Properties of Polymers
Michael Bachmann Concepts in Computational Molecular Biophysics
Michael Geller Quantum Computing
Henning Meyer Molecular Beam Laser Spectroscopy
Tho Nguyen Spintronics Devices and Hydrogen Sensing
H. B. Schuttler Biological Applications of Statistical Mechanics
Inseok Song Nearby Young Stars
Inseok Song / Nandana Weliweriya Developing an Astronomical Virtual Reality Platform to Enhance STEM Education and Research
Phillip Stancil X-ray Emission due to Ion-Atom Collisions and Applications in Astrophysics
Phillip Stancil Near Infrared Molecular Probes of Protoplanetary Disks
Susanne Ullrich Ultrafast Spectroscopy of Nanostructures and Materials
Susanne Ullrich Nonlinear Ultrafast Optics
Susanne Ullrich Ultrafast Spectroscopy of Biomolecules
Qun Zhao Machine Learning and Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Yiping Zhao Biosensor Design and Application
Yiping Zhao Plasmonics and Metamaterials Design and Application
Yiping Zhao Smart Nanomotor Design and Applications
Yiping Zhao Multiscale Modeling Nano-Bio Materials System

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