Department of Physics

Computational & Theoretical Physics

The research programs in Computational and Theoretical Physics span projects from theoretical studies studying the effect of nonequilibrium fluctations to numerical simulations utilizing finite elements to test the effect of RF heating on brain tissue to developing a multi-level, integrative genomics approach for studying diabetes. In these programs, statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, nonlinear dynamics, percolation theory, network theory, and electromagnetic theory are utilizied.

The focus of the statistical and thermodynamics physics program is a collaborative research program studying the properties that arise from nonequilibrium fluctuations in systems. The influence of these fluctuations play an important role in understanding the properties of nanoscopic machines, heat pumps and refrigerators, and motors.

mr_billThe theoretical solid state physics program focuses on biophysical and material applications. Computational models are being developed to study electromagnetically induced heating of magnetic nanoparticle materials for hyperthermic cancer treatment while another project is applying local density approximation calculations to various-sized carbon clusters and biomolecules.
The laser beam shaping program focuses on gaining a fundamental understanding of new optical systems for applications using lasers and soft-x-rays to characterize and process materials. Recent studies include the application of computational techniques and machine-learning algorithms to solve difficult problems in optical design and theoretical optics.

Additional information on research programs in computational and theoretical physics can be found at the faculty member's website by clicking on the name of a faculty member listed below. Short synopses of current research projects in this research area can also be found by clicking here.

Assoc. Professor
Campbell Hall 308
(205) 934-1559
KAWAI, Ryoichi
Assoc. Professor
Campbell Hall 309
(205) 934-3931
SHEALY, David L.
Campbell Hall 310C
(205) 934-8068