Astrophysics & Cosmology
Rupert Croft - Cosmology
Using deep learning to investigate the intergalactic medium
Tiziana Di Matteo - Astrophysics & Cosmology
Simulating the first galaxies and black holes at the cosmic dawn
Richard Griffiths - Astrophysics
Computer modelling of gravitational lenses using python - matching observed images to models
Tina Kahniashvili - Theoretical Cosmology
Topic 1: Gravitational waves from the early universe
Topic 2: Cosmological magnetic fields: their origin, evolution, and signatures
Rachel Mandelbaum - Observational Cosmology
Exploration of real or simulated astronomical imaging datasets to address a wide variety of questions.
Professor Mandelbaum's group is full for fall 2020, but please be in touch to discuss options for spring or summer 2021. Remote research opportunities are possible.
Jeff Peterson - Radio Astronomy and Cosmology Instrument Development
Lab and field experience
We are looking for motivated undergraduates to conduct theoretical and/or computational research in the area of biological physics. Possible projects include: modelling the growth and replication cycle of bacteria, phase transition in cells, computational modelling of cell mechanical properties. No prior knowledge of biology is necessary and the research projects can be conducted remotely. Prospective students are encouraged to browse through work done in our group.
We are looking for highly motivated students who are interested in one or several of the following topics: single-molecule imaging, super-resolution microscopy, high-throughput analysis of big data and/or microscopy hard- and software. We offer a unique research experience in an interdisciplinary team (we are a group of Biologists, Chemists, Physicists and Computer Scientists) by tailoring research projects to the interests and experience of our students. Please have a look at our group!
I have an x-ray diffraction project that would be suitable for a one semester undergrad research course. This project is of interest to me and is not just a make work for a student. The five undergrads doing research with me in this decade are co-authors on publications. I anticipate that this project would also result in a publication.
The Tristram-Nagle lab uses x-ray diffuse scattering (XDS) with the Physics Dept. x-ray instrument or a synchrotron source to study the interaction between antimicrobial peptides and lipid model membranes that mimic real bacterial and eukaryotic membranes. These peptides are a promising new antibiotic to overcome the problem of bacterial resistance leading to super bugs. Physics students will learn how to collect and analyze x-ray data, make graphs and write results into papers. We also use circular dichroism to determine the secondary structure of the peptides as they interact with lipid membranes. In the fall, Dr. T-Nagle would like to mentor 1-2 additional undergrad students.
Condensed Matter Physics
Randy Feenstra - Experimental Condensed Matter
Simulation and/or curve fitting of spectroscopic data from a scanning tunneling microscopy or a low-energy electron microscope.
Steve Garoff - Applied Soft Matter Physics
Experimental projects on a wide variety of topics in wetting and the behavior of complex fluids
Simran Singh - Experimental Condensed Matter
Spin transport in atomically thin quantum materials
Mike Widom - Condensed Matter Theory
Professor Widom models the structure and thermodynamics of complex crystal structures using a combination of quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics. Highly motivated students with strong computer skills are welcome to inquire about a research position.
Nuclear & Particle Physics
Roy Briere - Experimental Particle Physics
Belle II experiment at KEK; various software projects
Manfred Paulini and John Alison - Experimental Particle Physics
CMS experiment at CERN with various projects from hands-on instrumentation work to data analysis and also event classification using machine learning