Research

Sergey Mirov conducting experiment
  • How do complex phenomena emerge from simple ingredients?
  • How will the energy demands of future generations be met?
  • What is the Physics of Life?
  • What happens far from equilibrium and Why?
  • What new discoveries await us in the nano- and mesoscale world?
  • How will the information technology revolution be extended?

The above questions are at the core of the research being conducted by UAB's Department of Physics. They have been identified as Grand Challenges for condensed matter and materials Physics by the National Academy of Sciences. Our faculty have focused on creating excellence through synergies between experiment, materials science, theory, and advanced computation in the following key research areas:

  • Superconducting, Correlated, and Low-Dimensional Quantum Materials
  • Super-hard Materials for Industry and Biomedical Applications
  • Novel Lasers and their Applications
  • Non-equilibrium Physics with Terahertz Pulses and High Magnetic Fields
  • Emerging Materials for Energy and Optoelectronic Technologies
  • Zero-and One-Dimensional Nanocomposites and Functional Structures
  • High-Pressure and Nano-materials Research under Extreme Conditions
  • Nanostructured Biomaterials
  • Functional Defects in Advanced Materials
  • Computational X-ray Science and Condensed Matter Physics
  • Theory & Computation of Laser-induced Femtosecond Quantum Dynamics
  • Ultrafast Spectroscopy and Microscopy
  • Spectroscopy and Laser Cooling

Of particular interest are two Big Ideas that drive the National Science Foundation’s long-term research agenda: Harnessing Data for 21st Century Science and Engineering; and The Quantum Leap: Leading the next Quantum Revolution.

Our research also addresses the following challenges identified by the U.S. Department of Energy Basic Energy Sciences advisory committee as providing some transformative opportunities for discovery science: Beyond-Equilibrium Architected Matter; Harnessing Coherence in Light and Matter; Revolutionary Advances in Models, Mathematics, Algorithms, Data, and Computing; and Exploiting Transformative Advances in Imaging Capabilities across Multiple Scale.

Both graduate and undergraduate student research is supported in our department by external funding, which gives our undergraduates a unique opportunity that they are unlikely to experience in other programs and a competitive edge over their peers.

Research Areas and Faculy

  • Computational

    Ryoichi Kawai, Associate Professor
    www.kawai.phy.uab.edu
    (205) 934-3931
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    Computational X-ray Science and Condensed Matter Physics

    Cheng-Chien Chen, Assistant Professor
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    Theory & Computation of Laser-induced Femtosecond Dynamics in Correlated Quantum Materials

    Ilias Perakis, Professor and Chair
    (205) 996-9870
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  • Nanostructured materials for Energy and Optoelectronic Technologies

    Krishen Appavoo, Assistant Professor
    www.appavoo-lab.org
    (205) 934-0340
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    Emerging Materials for Energy Applications

    Renato P. Camata, Associate Professor
    (205) 934-8143
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    Nanostructured Biomaterials

    Shane Aaron Catledge, Associate Professor
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    (205) 934-3693
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    Zero-and One-Dimensional Nanocomposites and Functional Structures

    Andrei V. Stanishevsky, Professor
    (205) 934-8030
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    High Pressure Physics and Nanomaterials Research

    Yogesh K. Vohra, Professor & University Scholar
    (205) 934-6662
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    Functional Defects in Advanced Materials

    Mary Ellen Zvanut, Professor
    (205) 934-6661
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  • Ultrafast Microscopy

    Krishen Appavoo, Assistant Professor
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    (205) 934-0340
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    Non-linear Optics and Optical Sensing

    Chris M. Lawson, Professor
    (205) 975-5059
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    Novel Lasers and Applications

    Sergey B. Mirov, University Professor
    (205) 934-8088
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    Spectroscopy and Laser Cooling

    Clayton Simien, Assistant Professor
    (205) 934-8031
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UAB Research Centers with Physics Faculty Affiliation

  • Center for Nanoscale Materials and Biointegration (CNMB), Director: Yogesh K. Vohra, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Center for Optical Sensors and Spectroscopies (COSS); Director: Sergey B. Mirov, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.