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Physics

Field Description

The graduate physics program is designed to give students an adequate background in the concepts and techniques of theoretical and experimental physics in preparation for careers at the most advanced level in research or teaching.

 Research and Study Opportunities

  Theoretical physics -- Condensed Matter. Subjects for study include mesoscopic systems and random matrix theory; collective properties of Bose and Fermi condensates; density functional theory (electronic and liquid) with applications to surface growth and interfaces, defects in solids, matter under extreme conditions, and nanophysics; statistical mechanics and critical phenomena applied to crackling noise, dynamical systems, biological systems, and quasicrystals; inverse problems in protein crystallography; strongly interacting electron physics of magnetism, superconductors, and disordered systems.

  Theoretical physics -- Particle and Astrophysics. Physics of extra dimensions and supersymmetry, mechanisms for electroweak symmetry breaking, collider phenomenology; lattice gauge theories; particle astrophysics and cosmology; string theory and its application to cosmology, brane world; field theories; astrophysics; black holes; and general relativity.

  Experimental particle physics. Our research uses the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, which is the first collider to explore the TeV energy scale, where the Standard Model of particle physics must break down unless new phenomena appear. Cornell is a member of CMS, one of two detector collaborations for elementary particle physics at the LHC. Research topics include mechanisms for electroweak symmetry breaking, including the Higgs mechanism and alternatives, scenarios for physics beyond the Standard Model such as supersymmetry, extra dimensions and new strong interactions, top quark physics, and dark matter.  Cornellians are designing online software for the pixel detector, developing strategies for identifying electrons in the electromagnetic calorimeter, writing analysis software capable of handling petabytes of data distributed world-wide, and ensuring that the trigger will successfully pluck new physics out of the huge background of conventional processes. In the next few years, they will also start developing hardware upgrades of the pixels and the trigger.

  Accelerator Physics. The electron-positron collider CESR at Cornell University is used as a test-bed for accelerator physics and for X-ray science. Having this large accelerator on campus provides a unique opportunity for students interested in many aspects of accelerator physics.  Currently, CESR is testing design concepts for the Linear Collider, which will be the world's largest high-energy physics accelerator. Accelerator research also includes an active program to develop the superconducting radio-frequency cavities needed for the next generation of electron-positron colliders and for future X-ray facilities. The group is also developing a new X-ray facility, the Energy Recovery Linac, for the Cornell campus that offers students the unique opportunity to join a large-scale science project in an early state where many phenomena are still unknown, many parameters need to be computed, and many important decisions are being made.

      Experimental condensed matter physics. Subjects of study include nanostructures and quantum transport; superfluid, solid, and supersolid helium; atomic-resolution STM and tunneling spectroscopy; photoemission spectroscopy; high-temperature superconductivity; nanomagnetics; new forms of scanning-probe microscopy; nanomechnanical systems and limits of quantum measurement; disordered and glassy systems; UV, optical, infrared, and microwave spectroscopies; charge density waves; single-molecule biophysics; molecular motors; protein crystals; complex fluids, polymer networks, and colloids; grapheme, carbon nanotubes and related physics; X-ray diffraction and spectroscopy; and the development of new X-ray sources and high-speed detectors.

 

Contact Information

Website: http://www.physics.cornell.edu
Email: physics@cornell.edu
Phone: 607 255-7561

117 Clark Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Subject and Degrees

Concentrations by Subject

Physics

  • experimental physics
  • physics
  • theoretical physics

Faculty

Concentrations: Physics: experimental physics; physics Research Interests: experimental high-energy physics
Concentrations: Physics: physics; theoretical physics Research Interests: condensed-matter theory
Neil William Ashcroft - (Ithaca) - (Graduate School Professor)
Concentrations: Physics: physics Research Interests: theoretical condensed-matter physics
Ivan Bazarov - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Physics: experimental physics; physics Research Interests: experimental particle physics
Rachel Bean - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Physics: physics; theoretical physics Research Interests: astrophysics
Concentrations: Physics: experimental physics; physics Research Interests: experimental condensed-matter physics
Concentrations: Physics: experimental physics; physics Research Interests: basic and applied condensed-matter physics
Itai Cohen - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Physics: experimental physics; physics Research Interests: experimental condensed matter physics
Csaba Csaki - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Physics: physics; theoretical physics Research Interests: theoretical particle physics
Concentrations: Physics: experimental physics; physics Research Interests: experimental solid-state physics
Gerald Francis Dugan - (Ithaca) - (Graduate School Professor)
Concentrations: Physics: experimental physics; physics Research Interests: accelerator physics
Veit Elser - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Physics: physics; theoretical physics Research Interests: theoretical condensed-matter physics
Eanna E Flanagan - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Physics: physics; theoretical physics Research Interests: general relativity; theoretical astrophysics; gravitational wave astronomy
Concentrations: Physics: experimental physics; physics Research Interests: experimental liquid physics; x-ray physics
Concentrations: Physics: experimental physics; physics Research Interests: experimental elementary-particle physics
Paul H. Ginsparg - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Physics: physics; theoretical physics Research Interests: theoretical particle physics
Yuval Grossman - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Physics: physics; theoretical physics Research Interests: theoretical particle physics
Concentrations: Physics: experimental physics; physics Research Interests: structure and properties of soft matter; biomaterials; x-ray instrumentation and methods
Donald L Hartill - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Physics: experimental physics; physics Research Interests: experimental high-energy physics; accelerator physics
Thomas Hartman - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Physics: theoretical physics Research Interests: theoretical particle physics
Concentrations: Physics: experimental physics; physics Research Interests: experimental accelerator particle physics
Concentrations: Physics: experimental physics; physics Research Interests: physics and science education
Eun-Ah Kim - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Physics: physics; theoretical physics Research Interests: theoretical physics; condensed matter physics
Concentrations: Physics: physics; theoretical physics Research Interests: theoretical physics; condensed matter theory
Concentrations: Physics: physics; theoretical physics Research Interests: high-energy theory
G Peter Lepage - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Physics: physics; theoretical physics Research Interests: theory of elementary particles; quantum-field theory
Stephen Levy - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Physics: experimental physics; physics Research Interests: experimental condensed matter physics
Concentrations: Physics: experimental physics; physics Research Interests: accelerator physics
Concentrations: Physics: experimental physics; physics Research Interests: accelerator physics
Liam McAllister - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Physics: physics; theoretical physics Research Interests: theoretical particle physics
Paul L. McEuen - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Physics: experimental physics; physics Research Interests: experiment solid-state physics
N. David Mermin - (Ithaca) - (Graduate School Professor)
Concentrations: Physics: physics Research Interests: theoretical condensed-matter physics
Erich Mueller - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Physics: physics; theoretical physics Research Interests: condensed matter physics
Concentrations: Physics: physics; theoretical physics Research Interests: theoretical physics
Matthias Neubert - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Physics: physics; theoretical physics Research Interests: theoretical high-energy particle physics
Michael Niemack - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Physics: experimental physics; physics Research Interests: Experimental physics
Katja C. Nowack - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Physics: experimental physics; physics Research Interests: experimental condensed matter physics
Yuri F. Orlov - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Physics: experimental physics; physics Research Interests: theoretical
Jeevak N Parpia - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Physics: experimental physics; physics Research Interests: low-temperature physics
Concentrations: Physics: experimental physics; physics Research Interests: experimental high-energy physics
Maxim Perelstein - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Physics: physics; theoretical physics Research Interests: theoretical particle physics
Daniel C Ralph - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Physics: experimental physics; physics Research Interests: experimental nanoscale physics
Concentrations: Physics: experimental physics; physics Research Interests: experimental condensed matter physics
John David Reppy - (Ithaca) - (Graduate School Professor)
Concentrations: Physics: physics Research Interests: low-temperature physics
David L Rubin - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Physics: experimental physics; physics Research Interests: high-energy particle accelerators
Anders Ryd - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Physics: experimental physics; physics Research Interests: experimental article physics
Concentrations: Physics: physics; theoretical physics Research Interests: plasticity and fracture of materials; dislocation dynamics; crack growth laws and stochastic fracture models; crackling noise and avalanche behavior in magnets, plastic flow and other systems; multiparameter fits to data; statistical mechanics; material science; dynamical systems and quantum physics
Kyle Shen - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Physics: experimental physics; physics Research Interests: experimental condensed matter physics
Concentrations: Physics: experimental physics; physics Research Interests: solid-state physics
Eric D. Siggia - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Physics: physics; theoretical physics Research Interests: evolution of antibiotic resistance; evolution of biological networks; evo-devo; bioinformatics of gene regulation
Saul A Teukolsky - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Physics: physics; theoretical physics Research Interests: relativity and astrophysics
Julia Thom-Levy - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Physics: experimental physics; physics Research Interests: experimental partical physics
Concentrations: Physics: experimental physics; physics Research Interests: experimental condensed-matter physics; biological physics
Sze-Hoi Henry Tye - (Ithaca) - (Graduate School Professor)
Concentrations: Physics: physics; theoretical physics Research Interests: quantum field theory; theory of elementary particles
Cyrus J. Umrigar - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Physics: physics; theoretical physics Research Interests: theoretical physics
Concentrations: Physics: experimental physics; physics Research Interests: experimental physics
Michelle D Wang - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Physics: experimental physics; physics Research Interests: biological physics
Zheng Jane Wang - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Physics: physics; theoretical physics Research Interests: theoretical physics
Ira M Wasserman - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Physics: physics; theoretical physics Research Interests: theoretical astrophysics