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Current Projects


Below is a listing of the currently active research projects in the department.

Astrophysics

2D Imaging of the Internal Elemental Structure of Type Ia Supernovae

(Faculty contact: Robert Fesen)


The Expansion Kinematics of High Mass Supernovae

(Faculty contact: Robert Fesen)


Distances to the Remnants of Recent Supernova Explosions in the Milky Way

(Faculty contact: Robert Fesen)


High Altitude Aerial Platforms for Astronomical Research

(Faculty contact: Robert Fesen)


Uncovering Powerful Obscured Quasars

(Faculty contact: Ryan Hickox)


Exploring the Connection Between Galaxies and Their Central Black Holes

(Faculty contact: Ryan Hickox)


Ionized Nebulae in AGN: Cosmic Fluorescent Lamps Powered by Massive Black Holes

(Faculty contact: Ryan Hickox)


Searching for Intermediate-mass Black Holes in Dwarf Starburst Galaxies

(Faculty contact: Ryan Hickox)


The Most Extreme Starburst Galaxies in the Universe

(Faculty contact: Ryan Hickox)


Computational Stellar Evolution

(Faculty contact: Brian Chaboyer)


Stellar Populations

(Faculty contact: Brian Chaboyer)


Fundamental Astronomy of Cataclysmic Binariess

(Faculty contact: John Thorstensen)

Cosmology

Unification between the Weak and Gravitational Interactions

(Faculty contact: Stephon Alexander)


Physics of Cosmic Acceleration

(Faculty contact: Robert Caldwell)


Fundamental Tests of Cosmology

(Faculty contact: Robert Caldwell)


Dark Energy Couplings

(Faculty contact: Robert Caldwell)


Big Bang After Cosmic Inflation

(Faculty contact: Marcelo Gleiser)


Information Theory and the Complexity of Nature

(Faculty contact: Marcelo Gleiser)


Life on Earth and Elsewhere

(Faculty contact: Marcelo Gleiser)

Quantum & Condensed Matter Physics

Engineering Quantum Dynamics of Low Dimensional Spin Networks

(Faculty contact: Chandrasekhar Ramanathan )


High-Fidelity Control and Readout of Spins in Semiconductors

(Faculty contact: Chandrasekhar Ramanathan )


Optimizing Dynamic Nuclear Polarization

(Faculty contact: Chandrasekhar Ramanathan )


Gravitationally Induced Decoherence

(Faculty contact: Miles Blencowe)


Quantum-Classical Correspondence for Strongly Nonlinear, Circuit QED Based Systems

(Faculty contact: Miles Blencowe)


Generation of Quantum States of Light with a Josephson Laser

(Faculty contact: Alex Rimberg)


Measurement of Single Phonons with Single Photons

(Faculty contact: Alex Rimberg)


Readout of Spin Qubits in Si/SiGe Quantum Dots Using a Cavity Embedded Cooper Pair Transistor

(Faculty contact: Alex Rimberg)


Dynamics and Control of Open Quantum Systems

(Faculty contact: Lorenza Viola)


Entanglement and Quantum Correlations

(Faculty contact: Lorenza Viola)


Many-Body Quantum Chaos and Quantum Thermodynamics

(Faculty contact: Lorenza Viola)


Topological Quantum Matter

(Faculty contact: Lorenza Viola)


Symmetry Breaking and Critical Scaling in Ultracold Quantum Gases

(Faculty contact: Kevin Wright)


Quantum Simulation with Cold Atoms in Engineered Optical Potentials

(Faculty contact: Kevin Wright)

Space Plasma Physics

BARREL (Balloon Array for RBSP Relativistic Electron Losses)

(Faculty contact: Robyn Millan)


Simulations of electromagnetic ion cyclotron and whistler chorus waves

(Faculty contact: Richard Denton)


Modeling magnetospheric density and composition

(Faculty contact: Richard Denton)


Determining the orientation and structure of reconnection regions from spacecraft data

(Faculty contact: Richard Denton)


Polarization, fine structure and occurance rates of ground-level AKR

(Faculty contact: James LaBelle)


Seeking the generation mechanism for Bursty radio emissions from Earth's ionosphere

(Faculty contact: James LaBelle)


Understanding wave-particle interactions in Earth's polar cusps

(Faculty contact: James LaBelle)


Mechanism for higher harmonic radio emission from aurorae

(Faculty contact: James LaBelle)


Small Rockets

(Faculty contact: Kristina Lynch)


Green Cube

(Faculty contact: Kristina Lynch)


Evolution of the Earth's Van Allen Radiation Belts

(Faculty contact: Mary Hudson)


Magnetic Reconnection

(Faculty contact: Barrett Rogers)


Plasma Turbulence

(Faculty contact: Barrett Rogers)