Elizabeth and Richard Henes Center for Quantum Phenomena


The Department of Physics has a long tradition of research in the field of Quantum Physics and closely related topics. Our active research encompasses four areas:

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Atomic Molecular and Laser Physics

Atomic Molecular and Laser Physics looks at experimental atomic, molecular, and laser spectroscopy. Development of innovative spectroscopic tools including Nuclear Quadrupole Resonance, a close to nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) that involves transitions between nuclear energy levels. Additionally, this area studies theory of quantum line-shape in Raman and absorption spectroscopies, and computational Atomic Physics studies of correlation and relativistic effects.

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High Energy Physics

Experimental study of extremely high energy particle interactions in astrophysical situations involving quantum phenomena at the sub-atomic scale is High Energy Physics. Investigation of “dark matter." Physics of high-energy photons including the most energetic, gamma rays, that carry up to 100 trillion times the energy of visible light. Study and interpretation of TeV gamma-ray data. Researchers rely on applying the laws of quantum mechanics, specifically quantum field theory.

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Novel materials with inclusion of Nano-materials

This research area investigates excitonic structure of strain-induced changes in the band gaps of carbon nanotubes, especially whether excitonic transitions behave differently under strain than band transitions. Also, Novel materials with inclusion of Nano-materials investigates Hhydrogen and proton transport through single layers of graphene, boron nitride, phosphorene, silicene, and MoS2, and possible solvation effects on the transport mechanism. 

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Photonics and Quantum Optics

Areas of photonics and quantum optics include particular emphasis on magneto-photonics and nonreciprocal phenomena. Also, light-matter interaction between single quantum emitters and localized photonic modes inside chaotic cavities and disordered media and new photonic structures based on novel concepts such as parity-time symmetry and supersymmetry.