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Participating Faculty

The Physics Department has twenty-one faculty members involved in multiple disciplines including those highlighted below. Potential mentors in our program are also listed below with links to their group research pages.

Experimental High Energy Physics (Alexander Khanov, Flera Rizatdinova, and Joseph Haley)– Our group is involved in searches for new particles and forces using the ATLAS experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC). REU participants in the eHEP group will be involved in searches for new physics (W′ bosons, vector-like quarks, and gluinos), the development of heavy quark identification (top and bottom quarks), and upgrade of the ATLAS tracking system. Participants working in eHEP will attend a series of lectures on particle physics during the first two weeks of the program.

Theoretical High Energy Physics (K. S. Babu and Satyanarayan Nandi)– Our group plans to involve selected REU students interested in the study of the fundamental constituents of matter. The interests of the group span various aspects of physics beyond the standard model of elementary particle physics. Well-motivated undergraduates can learn and make meaningful contributions in some sub-areas of this field. Specifically, the tHEP group will involve students in understanding the pattern of fermion masses and mixings observed in nature.

Experimental Atomic Physics and Quantum Information Science (Gil Summy and Yingmei Liu)– OSU has a strong experimental Atomic Physics program that encompasses Quantum Information Science and Quantum Chaos. These groups are part of the multidisciplinary program in Photonics.

Optics (Al Rosenberger and Donna K. Bandy)– The OSU Optics research program has also been part of the multidisciplinary program in Photonics. The expertise of the two optics groups complement each other: an experimental optics lab that performs pioneering studies of microresonators and a theory group that has extensively studied nonlinear optical effects. REU participants interested in experimental optics will obtain the basic optics lab skills for working with lasers and fiber optics. REU participants interested in theoretical optics will be trained in steady-state and linear-stability analyses, investigate nonlinear dynamic systems including chaos and bistability, and work with non-autonomous optical systems.

Experimental Condensed Matter Physics and Optoelectronics (David McIlroy)– REU students in Dr. McIlroy’s laboratory will have the opportunity to work on a variety of experimental condensed matter physics projects. One of those projects is to study inductive properties of networks of 1D nanostructures. A film of 1D nanostructures form a percolative network of interconnects that form a resistive network. Another possible project is to study chirality of handed 1D nanostructures. Nanosprings come in two flavors, left and right handed. Handedness will impart chirality on the optoelectric properties of semiconducting nanosprings.

Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics and Quantum Information Science (John W. Mintmire and Mario F. Borunda)– REU students in our team will focus in developing and applying first-principles electronic structure methods to study transport in low-dimensional materials and quantum transport studies towards realizing quantum information devices in solid state systems. REU participants in the group will be involved in the time dependent calculation of quantum states using available codes (Octopus and in-house codes) to optimize the transport of charge towards the control of charge and spin currents. Borunda and Mintmire have developed a series of lectures on computational quantum mechanics which their mentored participants will attend for the first week of the program. The participants will also learn how to cull data using python and present data with python and Mathematica.