Faculty Research Areas

Physics Faculty

Anthony Aguirre, Cosmology, both of the early and late universe: inflation and the global structure of cosmological models; the intergalactic medium and its enrichment with heavy elements; galaxy formation, evolution, and feedback processes; dark matter and theories of modified gravity. Ph.D. Harvard University, 2000

Tom Banks, Elementary particle physics, PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1973. Theoretical elementary particle physics, cosmology and superstring/M Theory.

David Belanger, Condensed matter experiment, PhD UC Santa Barbara, 1981. Phase Transitions in random and frustrated systems.

Frank Bridges (Research Professor), PhD UC San Diego, 1968.

Sue Carter, Condensed matter experiment, PhD Univ. of Chicago, 1993. Novel electronic and polymer materials.

Josh Deutsch, Condensed matter theory, PhD Cambridge Univ., 1983. "The Polymator" - theory of polymers and protein folding.

Michael Dine, Department Chair, Elementary particle theory, PhD Yale University, 1978. Standard model and beyond, especially supersymmetry, superstrings and cosmology.

Howard Haber, Elementary particle theory, PhD Univ. of Michigan, 1978. Particle theory: standard model, especially Higgs phenomenology; supersymmetry phenomenology.

Tesla Jeltema, Cosmology, observational high energy astrophysics, particle astrophysics, PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004

Robert Johnson, Experimental high-energy particle astrophysics, instrumentation for particle physics, astrophysics, and medical imaging, the NASA Fermi Mission, PhD Stanford University, 1986.

David LedermanLederman's research group seeks to understand the fundamental properties of materials in reduced dimensions, such as ultra thin films and heterostructures. Because of the reduced dimensionality and/or the strong effect of surface and interface states, electronic and magnetic order and interactions can emerge which yield unexpected and interesting phenomena. The group also studies how these properties can be exploited to develop new electronic devices that are stable at room temperature and use low power to store and manipulate data.

Onuttom Narayan, Condensed matter theory, PhD Princeton University., 1992. Dynamics of granular and disordered systems

Jason Nielsen, Elementary particle experiment, PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2001. High-energy collider experiments at Fermilab (CDF) and CERN (ATLAS); particle detector development

Joel Primack, Cosmology, PhD Stanford University, 1970. Theoretical cosmology, dark matter, galaxy formation, and high energy astrophysics

Stefano Profumo
, Theoretical high energy physics and particle astrophysics, PhD SISSA-ISAS, 2004.

Arthur Ramirez, Experimental materials physics encompassing a broad range of systems including semiconductors, superconductors, magnets, thermoelectrics, and dielectrics. Research that connects materials and devices, with a focus on oxides and organics.

Steve Ritz (SCIPP Director) Particle physics and astrophysics, PhD University of WI-Madison, 1988.

Zack Schlesinger, Physics of Correlated Electron Systems, PhD Cornell University, 1981.

Bruce Schumm, Elementary particle experiment, PhD University of Chicago, 1988.

Abraham Seiden,  Elementary particle experiment, PhD UC Santa Cruz, 1974.

B. Sriram Shastry, Strongly correlated matter, and integrable systems. Condensed matter theory, PhD. Tata Institute, 1976.

Alexander Sher, Development of experimental techniques for recording and stimulation of activity of hunderds of neurons and use of these techniques to study neural function, structure, and development. PhD University of Pittsburgh, PA 2002.

David M. Smith
, High-energy astrophysics; X-ray and gamma-ray detectors and instrumentation;solar, terrestrial, and planetary sources of gamma radiation, Ph.D University of California, Berkeley, 1993.

Jairo Velasco Jr., Condensed matter experiment, novel materials. PhD UC Riverside, 2012. Electronic structure and properties of low-dimensional materials. Nanofabrication, low-temperature transport, and scanning tunneling microscopy. Two dimensional materials, such as graphene, boron nitride, trasition metal dichalcogenides, and black phosphorus.

Peter Young, Condensed Matter Theory, D.Phil. Oxford, 1973. Numerical simulation, disordered systems, quantum computing.

Adjunct Faculty

Glenn Alers (Adjunct Professor), Condensed matter experiment, PhD University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1991. Nanoscale devices,copper interconnects.

William B. Atwood (Adjunct Professor), Particle Astrophysics with particular interest in high-energy phenomena and cosmology, Ph.D. Stanford University, 1975.

Marco Battaglia (Adjunct Professor), Experimental Partical Physics, Ph.D, University of Helsinki (Finland) 1999

Alan Litke (Adjunct Professor), Elementary particle experiment, PhD Harvard University, 1970.

Hartmut Sadrozinsk
i (Adjunct Professor, Emeritus), Elementary particle experiment, PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1973. Instrumentation for Space Science, Hadron Collider Physics, and Proton Computed Tomography.

Terry L. Schalk
(Adjunct Professor, Emeritus), Elementary particle experiment, PhD Iowa State University, 1969. Experiments at SLAC, accelerator design, computing issues in high energy physics

David A. Williams (Adjunct Professor), Experimental particle astrophysics, PhD Harvard University, 1987. Studies of very-high-energy gamma-ray sources with VERITAS and Fermi. Development of the Advanced Gamma-ray Imaging System (AGIS).

Affiliated Faculty

George R. Blumenthal (Astronomy and Astrophysics) Cosmology, galaxy formation, high-energy astrophysics.

Pascale Garaud (Applied Mathematics and Statistics) Astrophysics, geophysics, fluid dynamics, numerical resolutions of differential equations, and mathematical modeling of natural flows.

Joel A. Kubby (Electrical Engineering) Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS); adaptie optics, integrated optics, bio-MEMS.

Weintai Liu (Electrical Engineering) Retinal prosthesis, biomimetic systems, integrated neuro-electronoics, molecular electronics, CMOS and SOI transceiver design, current mde band limited signaling, microelectronic sensor, timing/clock recovery and optimization, noise characterization and modeling and computer vision/image processing.

William G. Mathews (Astronomy and Astrophysics, Emeritus) Galaxies, high-energy astrophysics, gaseous nebulae.

Richard Montgomery (Mathematics) Celestial mechanics, differential geometry, guage theory, mechanics (quantum and classical) and cntrol theory.

Ali Shakouri (Electrical Engineering) Quantum electronics, nano- and microscale heat and current transport in semiconductor devices; thermoelectric/thermionic energy conversion; renewable energy sources; thermal imaging; micro-refrigerators on a chip; and optoelectronic integrated circuits.

Holger Schmidt (Electrical Engineering) Integrated optics for biomedicine and quantum optics, nano-magento-optics, semiconductor physics,optoelectronic and photonic devices, ultrafast optics, quantum interference.


Stephanie L. Bailey, Physics Education, Ph.D., College of William and Mary, 2007. Committed to serving undergraduates and increasing the number of STEM graduates at UCSC, with those graduates reflecting the diversity of the UCSC population.