The Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography offers graduate programs leading to M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics Students may pursue experimental, theoretical, or computational research in each of these areas. Students can also pursue interdisciplinary Masters programs in Environmental or Computational Science.
Research in experimental and theoretical condensed matter physics spans four broad themes: (i) biomaterials and soft matter, (ii) magnetic and electronic materials, (iii) nanoscience and molecular physics, (iv) photonics, spectroscopy and microscopy.
Theoretical and computational studies include numerical and analytic calculations pertaining to condensed matter (magnetic systems, superconductors, polymers, carbon nanostructures, the glass transition, nucleation and dynamics in supercooled liquids) and gravitational and black hole physics. Computational research within the department is supported by excellent high performance computing facilities.
Areas of condensed matter physics being studied experimentally in the department include bulk materials, thin films and multilayers, and surfaces and interfaces. Materials of interest range from hard materials (for magnetic, optical, photonics, and sensor applications) to soft matter (to better understand ordering and dynamics of biological and colloidal systems). Techniques used include Brillouin, Raman and femtosecond laser spectroscopy, ultrasonic spectroscopy, wideline and pulse-field gradient nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and imaging, and scanning probe and laser-scanning confocal microscopies, in addition to electrodeposition, magnetometry, as well as several other materials characterization techniques available on campus.