M.S., Ph.D.


Faculty: Professor Andreev, chair. Professors: Andreev, Heskett, Kahn, Kaufman, Malik, Meyerovich, Muller, Nightingale, Reshetnyak and Steyerl; Assistant Professor: Antosh, Ganikhanov



Astrophysics: high energy extragalactic radio astrophysics.

Biological physics: membrane biophysics; membrane-associated folding/unfolding; molecular motors; steady-state and kinetics fluorescence and circular dichroism studies; calorimetry; small angle x-ray scattering on biological objects (at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Grenoble); fluorescence microscopy; fluorescence polarization microscopy; spectral analysis from cells; electric cell substrate impedance sensing on cells.

Computational physics: classical and quantum Monte Carlo methods, large-scale parallel computations, optimization, many-body interactions and invariants, finite-size scaling.

Experimental condensed matter physics: electronic and structural properties of surfaces and thin films studied via low-energy electron diffraction, Auger electron spectroscopy, photoemission techniques (in-house and at the Brookhaven National Laboratory synchrotron facility); surfaces and interfaces in thin films and multilayers studied via X-ray and neutron reflection and diffraction (in-house and at the National Institute of Standards and Technology reactor facility); epitaxial growth, magnetism in nanoparticles and on surfaces via neutron and X-ray scattering; characterization of Lithium Ion Batteries using Hard X-ray Photoemission Spectroscopy (HAXPES), Rutherford backscattering, and scanning tunneling microscopy; ultrafast dynamics of hot carriers in 2-dimensional materials studied with multi-color femtosecond spectroscopy; phonon decay and vibrational dynamics in traditional and soft condensed matter studied by coherent Raman spectroscopy techniques; sub-optical cycle waveform generation.

Experimental neutron physics: ultracold neutrons used to study beta-decay, neutron optics (at the Institut Laue-Langevin, Grenoble).

Medical physics, physics oncology and nanotechnology: novel approaches in drug delivery and tumor targeting; whole-body and ex vivo fluorescence imaging; gold and magnetic nanoparticles; laser and x-ray radiation; hyperthermia; liposome delivery.

Statistical physics: Bethe ansatz, density functional theory, fractional exclusion statistics, applications to spin systems, quantum gases, granular matter, and biological matter.

Theoretical condensed matter physics: surface physics, phase transitions and critical phenomena, critical dynamics, superconductivity, quantum transport, systems with random rough boundaries, nano-scale films and clusters, disordered systems, low-dimensional systems, spin dynamics, nonlinear optics.

Theoretical low-temperature physics: Fermi and Bose quantum liquids, solids and gases; spin-polarized quantum systems, ultracold neutrons in quantizing gravity field.


Master of Science

Admission requirements: GRE and advanced test recommended; bachelor’s degree with major in physics preferred.

Program requirements: PHY 510, 520, 525, 530, 560, 570, and 580 are required of all students. For both the thesis and the nonthesis options, the student will complete 30 credits, of which no more than six may be below the 500 level. For the nonthesis option, at least one course will require a substantial paper involving significant independent study, and the student must pass a final written and oral examination.


Five-Year Program in Medical Physics

The Physics Departments also offers a five-year program of studies leading to a B.S. in physics and a M.S. in medical physics. The M.S. degree part of the program requires that the student take PHY 540, 545, 550, 552, 555, 560, 565, 691, 610; SOC 224; ELE 562 + lab, ELE 564 + lab. The rest of the courses are those indicated on the schedule in the undergraduate section of this catalog (see “Medical Physics” under Physics in Arts and Sciences).


Doctor of Philosophy

Admission requirements: GRE and advanced test recommended; bachelor’s degree with major in physics preferred. Master’s degree is not required.

Program requirements: PHY510, PHY520, PHY525, PHY530, PHY570, PHY580 are core courses required for all students. In addition to the core courses, students in the Physics track will be required to take: PHY610, PHY630, PHY670, PHY680, and either one of (PHY625, PHY 626). In addition to the core courses, students in the Applied Physics track will be required to take: PHY540, PHY 560, one of (PHY625, PHY 626), one of (PHY630, PHY670), and one of (PHY610, PHY680). The choice of tracks and courses should be done with adviser’s approval. No replacements by courses from outside the Department are allowed. There is no formal departmental language requirement, although the candidate’s committee may require demonstration of language proficiency. Successful completion of a qualifying examination is required of all students. This examination is normally expected to be taken in the summer preceding the second year of studies.