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Research Groups

The Department of Physics includes a number of organized research groups. Below is a list of groups, including Organized Research Units recognized by UT. (Click a link to jump to the details.)

Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Todd Ditmire Intense Ultrafast Laser Interactions, AMO, Experimentalist
Mike Downer Femtosecond spectroscopy in condensed matter and plasmas; surface nonlinear optics; plasma-based particle accelerators
Manfred Fink Electron diffraction; neutrino physics
Lothar Frommhold Atomic and molecular physics
Björn Hegelich Interaction of ultra-intense electromagnetic fields with matter; high-energy density physics; laser-particle interaction
Daniel Heinzen Experimental quantum and atom optics
Ultracold Atomic Physics Group
John Keto Reactions and radiative processes of excited atoms, molecules and clusters
Laser Spectroscopy and Nanoparticle Research
Mark Raizen Experimental atom optics
Greg Sitz Experimental studies of the dynamics of gas-surface interactions
Condensed Matter Physics Condensed Matter Home Page
Peter Antoniewicz Surface and interface physics; electromagnetic wave propagation; transport properties in solids and liquids
James Chelikowsky Computational Materials Science, Solid State Physics.
Center for Computational Materials
Alex de Lozanne Scanning tunneling microscopy; atomic/magnetic force microscopy; nanostructures; thin films and devices; high temperature superconductors; colossal magnetoresistance materials
Alex Demkov Condensed matter theory; physics of electronic materials, surfaces and interfaces; thin films and devices; novel materials; quantum transport.
Atomic Design Group
Frederik de Wette Theoretical studies of crystal surfaces and thin films; lattice dynamics of high-temperature superconductors. Retired.
James Erskine Experimental solid-state physics; thin film magnetism; surface physics; applications of synchrotron radiation.
Surface Physics Group
Gregory A. Fiete Condensed matter theory; strongly correlated electrons in lower dimensions; frustrated magnetism; exotic quantum states; quantum impurity problems; spintronics.
Correlated Quantum Matter Theory Group
J. David Gavenda Conduction electrons in metals using ultrasonic and electromagnetic waves
Leonard Kleinman Density fluctional theory; pseudopotential theory; molecular dynamics; ab initio calculations of the electronic, magnetic, and physical properties of solids, surfaces, and liquids
Keji Lai Experimental condensed matter physics; nanoscale electromagnetic imaging; complex oxides; nano-materials; transport in low-dimensional systems
Lai Lab
Xiaoqin (Elaine) Li Ultrafast nonlinear spectroscopy in condensed matter, quantum dynamics and control in nanostructures, experimentalist
Allan MacDonald Condensed matter theory; electronic properties of semiconductors and metals; spintroics; magnetism; superconductivity; quantum Hall effect; solid state quantum computing.
Condensed Matter Theory Group
John Markert Magnetism and superconductivity in oxides and heavy fermion systems; high temperature superconductivity; high pressure research; magnetic resonance microscopy; spin dynamics; magnetic domain dynamics.
Magnetism and Superconductivity Group
Qian Niu Condensed matter theory; quantum Hall effect; nanostructures and quantum devices; quasi-periodic systems; vortex dynamics.
Quantum Transport Theory Group
A. Wilson Nolle Musical instrument physics; underwater acoustics; vioelastic phenomena; fluid oscillations
Chih-kang Ken Shih Nanoscale electronic materials, quantum engineering of metallic nanostructures, fundamental electronic processes in semiconductor quantum dots, nanoscale mechanical properties of soft matters.
Nanoelectronic Materials Research Group
Maxim Tsoi Condensed matter experiment, nanostructures, spintronics.
Magnetism and Spintronics Group
Zhen Yao Nanostructures and Mesoscopic Physics; Condensed Matter, Experimentalist
Center for Particles and Fields CPF Home PageRHIC Home Page
Arno Bohm Particle phenomena in terms of algebraic and group-theoretical methods, mathematics of quantum physics
Charles Chiu Theoretical particle physics, structure of hadrons, phenomenology in high energy collision phenomena, laser-plasma physics, acoustic agglomeration
Duane Dicus Field theory of strong, weak, and electromagnetic interactions; astrophysical implications of the weak force
Gerald Hoffmann Relativistic Heavy Ion Nuclear Physics.
Sacha E. Kopp Experimental HEP; CP violation; weak decays of heavy quarks; neutrino oscillations
Karol Lang Experimental high energy physics; rare decays; neutrino interactions; particle detectors
Jack Ritchie Experimental high energy physics; rare decays
Center for Particles and Fields
Christina Markert Relativistic heavy ion physics
Peter Onyisi Experimental investigation of electroweak symmetry breaking and searches for new particles and interactions; computing with large datasets of structured data
Roy Schwitters High energy physics; large scale detectors
Center for Nonlinear Dynamics CNLD Home Page
Ernst-Ludwig Florin Experimental biophysics/cell physics; membranes; biopolymers; cell mechanics; single molecules
Vernita Gordon Adhering biological membranes; spatial structure in intercellular interactions; interactions leading to biofilm formation
Michael Marder Theoretical investigations of pattern formation; nonlinear dynamics, especially the dynamics of fracture; phase transitions
William McCormick Nonlinear dynamics; waves and complex dynamics in chemical reaction-diffusion systems; experimental condensed matter physics
Mark Raizen Experimental atom optics
George Shubeita Experimental biophysics/cell physics, molecular motor proteins
Jack Swift Theoretical studies of phase transitions in liquid crystals; nonlinear dynamics; pattern formation
Harry Swinney Nonlinear dynamics; instabilities and pattern formation; chaos; phase transitions.
Center for Nonlinear Dynamics
Relativistic Heavy Ion Physics RHIP Home Page
Rory Coker Nuclear reaction theory; medium energy nuclear reactions and scattering
Gerald Hoffmann Relativistic heavy ion nuclear physics
C. Fred Moore Relativistic heavy ion nuclear physics
Peter Riley Relativistic heavy ion nuclear physics
Center for Relativity Relativity Home Page
Cecile Dewitt-Morette General relativity; mathematical physics; Feynman path integrals
Richard Matzner General relativity and cosmology; kinetic theory; black hole physics; gravitational radiation. Lead PI on the Binary Black Hole Grand Challenge Project.
Center for Relativity
Lawrence Shepley General relativity, cosmology, and Lagrangian/Hamiltonian theory
Institute for Fusion Studies IFS Home Page
Herbert Berk Plasma confinement theory
Richard Fitzpatrick Magnetohydrodynamic stability; hydrodynamic stability; driven magnetic reconnection; momentum injection into fluids/plasmas via external perturbations
Kenneth Gentle Plasma confinement and heating
Richard Hazeltine Plasma physics
Wendell Horton, Jr. Plasma physics; fusion devices and space plasma; nonlinear theory
Philip Morrison Basic nonlinear plasma dynamics; Hamiltonian dynamics of few and infinite degree-of-freedom systems; fluid mechanics
Gennady Shvets Theory and simulations: Laser-plasma interactions, plasma-based accelerators, photonics, nano-plasmonics; Experiment: Phonon-assisted nanolithography, compact surface-wave accelerators
François L. Waelbroeck Plasma Physics
Institute for Fusion Studies
Center for Complex Quantum Systems Complex Quantum Systems Home Page
Arno Bohm Particle phenomena in terms of algebraic and group-theoretical methods, mathematics of quantum physics
James Chelikowsky Computational materials science, solid state physics
Alex de Lozanne Scanning tunneling microscopy, atomic/magnetic force microscopy, nanostructures, thin films and devices, high temperature superconductors, colossal magnetoresistance materials
Alex Demkov Condensed matter theory; physics of electronic materials, surfaces and interfaces; thin films and devices; novel materials; quantum transport
Gregory A. Fiete Condensed matter theory; strongly correlated electrons in lower dimensions; frustrated magnetism; exotic quantum states; quantum impurity problems; spintronics.
Correlated Quantum Matter Theory Group
Lothar Frommhold Atomic and molecular physics
Daniel Heinzen Experimental quantum and atom optics
Keji Lai Experimental condensed matter physics; nanoscale electromagnetic imaging; complex oxides; nano-materials; transport in low-dimensional systems
Xiaoqin (Elaine) Li Ultrafast nonlinear spectroscopy in condensed matter; quantum dynamics and control in nanostructures; experimentalist
Allan MacDonald Condensed matter theory
Center for Complex Quantum Systems
John T. Markert Magnetism and superconductivity in oxides and heavy fermion systems, high temperature superconductivity, high pressure research, magnetic resonance microscopy, spin dynamics, magentic domain dynamics
Reuben McDaniel, Jr. Managing complexity; knowledge management; health care management; organizational design
Qian Niu Non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, quantum optics, stochastic processes
Tomio Petrosky Senior research scientist
Mark Raizen Experimental atom optics
Linda Reichl Quantum chaos; transport theory; nonlinear dynamics; nonequilibrium statistical physics; stochastic theory.
Center for Complex Quantum Systems
William Schieve Non-equilibrium statistical mechanics; quantum optics; stochastic processes
Chih-Kang (Ken) Shih Nanoscale electronic materials, quantum engineering of metallic nanostructures, fundamental electronic processes in semiconductor quantum dots, nanoscale mechanical properties of soft matters
Gennady Shvets Theory and simulations: Laser-plasma interactions, plasma-based accelerators, photonics, nano-plasmonics. Experiment: Phonon-assisted nanolithography, compact surface-wave accelerators.
E.C.G. Sudarshan Elementary particle physics, quantum optics, quantum field theory, gauge field theories, fibre bundles, classical mechanics, foundations of physics
Maxim Tsoi Condensed matter experiment, nanostructures, spintronics
Jack Turner Nonequilibrium statistical and thermal physics; nonlinear dynamics; physics of self-organizing systems; computational physics; computer-based education
Zhen Yao Nanostructures and mesoscopic physics, condensed matter, experimentalist
Weinberg Theory Group Theory Group Home Page
Jacques Distler High energy theory, mathematical physics, and string theory
Willy Fischler Field theory; supersymmetry; string theory; quantum cosmology; statistical mechanics
Vadim Kaplunovsky Field theory; supersymmetry; string theory
Can Kilic Theoretical particle physics; extensions of the Standard Model; collider phenomenology; dark matter models and searches
Sonia Paban Particle phenomenology and string theory; particle physics; theory
Steven Weinberg Particle physics; unification of fundamental interactions; cosmology. Weinberg Theory Group
Texas Center for High Energy Density Science
Todd Ditmire Intense ultrafast laser interactions, AMO, experimentalist.
Texas Center for High Energy Density Science
Roger Bengtson Experimental plasma physics, plasma spectroscopy
Michael Downer Femtosecond spectroscopy in condensed matter and plasmas, surface nonlinear optics, plasma-based particle accelerators
Gennady Shvets Theory and simulations: Laser-plasma interactions, plasma-based accelerators, photonics, nano-plasmonics. Experiment: Phonon-assisted nanolithography, compact surface-wave accelerators.