Research Directory
Areas
Applied Physics
Faculty  Research Area  
Arnold, Craig 
Laser processing and transport in materials with particular emphasis on shaping lasermaterial interactions 



Bhatt, Ravindra 
Theoretical condensed matter (solidstate) physics; physics of electronic materials 



Brangwynne, Clifford 
Patterning in Developing Embryos; Physical Properties and Function of RNA/Protein Bodies; Architecture and Dynamics of the Cytoskeleton 



Choueiri, Edgar 
Highpower rocket system for the robotic and human exploration of the Moon and Mars; physics and application of plasma thrusters 



de Leon, Nathalie 
Building quantum hardware with color centers in wide bandgap materials, such as NV centers in diamond. Optics and photonics, surface science and materials engineering, atomic and molecular spectroscopy, nanofabrication, and cryogenics. 



Debenedetti, Pablo 
Protein storage and preservation; bioavailability of therapeutic compounds; selfcleaning surfaces; carbon capture and storage; ice formation in the atmosphere; liquidstate theory; theory of the glass transition; theory of nucleation; protein thermodynamics; molecular simulation 



Fleischer, Jason 
Nonlinear optics and photonics; soliton dynamics; statistical and condensedmatter physics 



Garlock, Maria 
Structural engineering; earthquake engineering; innovative structural systems; large fires; thin shell concrete roof structures; sensor technology in civil infrastructure; tall building design 



Gmachl, Claire 
Highperformance quantum cascade lasers; innovative quantum cascade laser design; midinfrared photonics; midinfrared sensing applications in environment, health, and security; novel semiconductor devices; semiconductor metamaterials. 



Holmes, Philip 
Nonlinear dynamics and differential equations; mathematical modeling of solid, fluid, and biological systems; neuromechanics of legged locomotion and swimming; cognitive control and decision making 



Kasdin, Jeremy 
Space systems design; orbital mechanics; guidance and control of space vehicles; optimal estimation; stochastic process modeling 



Kolemen, Egemen 
Application of dynamics and control theory to experimental plasma physics, primarily to address the challenges of fusion reactor design. Designing and implementing novel control techniques for fusion reactors. Reduction of heat flux to fusion reactor vessels using advanced magnetic divertor configuration, detachment, and radiation control; and disruption avoidance against instabilities. 



Leonard, Naomi 
Control theory, involves designing and analyzing methods for influencing the behavior of complex, dynamical systems using feedback 



Littman, Michael 
Automatic controls; tunable laser design; biomimic robotics; the terrestrial planet finder; design and control of a high contrast coronagraph 



Lyon, Stephen 
Optical processes in semiconductors; ultrafast processes and nonequilibrium transport; semiconductor nanostructures; quantum computing 



Martinelli, Luigi 
Simulation of viscous flow past complex configurations with application to aircraft and ship design 



Mikhailova, Julia 
Attosecond science: highharmonic and attosecond pulse generation and application. Highfield physics: highpower lasers, relativistic laserplasma interaction, synchrotrontype intense xray radiation from solids, laserdriven particle acceleration. Ultrafast and nonlinear optics: fewcycle optical pulse generation, optical parametric chirped pulse amplification, femtosecond laser filamentation, nonlinear fiber optics. Quantum optics: entanglement of quantum states, biphoton states in spontaneous parametric light scattering. 



Miles, Richard 
Hypersonics and advanced laser diagnostics; interaction of lasers, microwaves and electron beams with fluids for energy transfer and flow control 



Mueller, Michael 
Highfidelity numerical modeling of turbulent combustion. Applications to improving efficiency and performance, minimizing emissions, and reducing cost in reciprogating engines, aircraft engines, and stationary gas turbines. 



Nosenchuck, Daniel 
Complex fluid flows; supercomputer architecture; rapid design and manufacture 



Panagiotopoulos, Athanassios 
Molecular simulation of fluids, materials and biological systems; Thermodynamic analysis of processes; Ionic liquids and their applications; Computational Material Science 



Prucnal, Paul 
Photonic switching; fiberoptic networks; optical interconnects 



Rand, Barry 
Understanding and leveraging the electronic and optical properties of thin film materials, particularly semiconductors, for use in emerging applications such as solar cells, light emitting devices, and transistors. Interdisciplinary research at the intersection of electrical engineering, materials science, physics, and chemistry. 



Rodriguez, Alejandro 
Application and development of analytical and computational methods for studying emerging, fundamental, and practical problems at the intersection of quantum and classical nanophotonics. Control and design of thermal emitters and absorbers, modeling fluctuationinduced electromagnetic phenomena in complex nanostructures and design of lowpower, wavelengthscale nonlinear devices. 



Rowley, Clarence 
Fluid flows from a dynamical systems point of view; modeling and model reduction for bifurcation analysis and control; numerical methods, both for fluids simulations, and analysis of dynamical systems; applications of geometric methods in fluid mechanics 



Scherer, George 
Durability of infrastructure; damage to materials by frost and salt; conservation of art and architecture; transport in porous materials; nucleation and growth kinetics; relaxation processes; solgel processing 



Scully, Marlan 
Laser science and quantum optics; use of quantum coherence to detect anthrax and poison gas at a distance; quantum coherence and correlation effects; quantum mechanics; quantum thermodynamics 



Shvartsman, Stanislav 
Quantitative analysis of pattern formation and morphogenesis in developing tissues; genetics, genomics, and computational studies of signaling pathways; reaction engineering and transport processes 



Smits, Alexander 
Turbulence; fluid mechanics; behavior of turbulent boundary layers at subsonic, supersonic and hypersonic speeds; response of boundary layers to extra strain rates and other strong perturbations; Mach and Reynolds number effects on turbulence; shockwave/turbulent boundary layer interactions; flow control; TaylorCouette flows; fluidstructure interaction; sports ball aerodynamics and the development of new and improved measurement techniques 



Stengel, Robert 
Systems biology, including optimization of disease therapy and analysis of genetic data; robust, optimal, and adaptive control of physical systems; stochastic design methods; computational neural networks; aircraft flight dynamics 



Stone, Howard 
Fundamental problems in fluid motions dominated by viscosity, low Reynolds number flows. Applying a combination of theory, computer simulation and modeling, and experiments, with applications to problems involving effects of surface tension, buoyancy, fluid rotation, and surfactants, and the flow of lipids and motions of suspended particles. 



Sundaresan, Sankaran 
Granular and multiphase flow; chemical reactor design, stability and dynamics; origin and hierarchy of mesoscale structures in twophase flows; coarsened equations of motion for twophase flows; contact stresses in granular assemblies; role of static electrification on gasparticle flows 



Thompson, Jeffrey 
Methods to gain control over individual atoms for computing, communications and sensing technology. Using nanophotonic circuits to spatially isolate and address individual or small clusters of rare earth ion dopants in crystalline hosts for use as single photon sources and quantum memories. Developing techniques to lasercool and trap large arrays of atoms levitated in vacuum. 



Tureci, Hakan 
Nonlinear/quantum optics in complex media; nanophotonics; condensed matter physics; semiconductor optics; strongly correlated quantum optical systems; quantum/wave chaos; numerical methods for simulating active and passive photonic structures 



White, Claire 
Longterm behavior of lowCO2 concrete, and the mineralization processes during CO2 capture and storage. Durability of alkaliactivated cements; atomic and nanoscale morphology of cementitious materials; reaction kinetics of cement formation; amorphous carbonate materials; combined modeling/experimental methodologies; Monte Carlo methods; abinitio calculations; total scattering analysis. 



Wysocki, Gerard 
Laser spectroscopy; broadly tunable laser systems; external cavity quantum cascade lasers; spectroscopic systems for remote and/or insitu chemical sensing and spectroscopic tracegas sensor networks 