Degrees - Physics - University of Nevada, Reno

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Degrees - Physics - University of Nevada, Reno

AdmissionsUndergraduate ProgramsAny student admitted to the University of Nevada, Reno maydeclare a major in physics or atmospheric sciences. For moreinformation about enrolling in an undergraduate program at theUniversity of Nevada, Reno, please see the Admissions and ProspectiveStudent Website: http://www.ss.unr.edu/admissionsUndergraduate Program ContactsPhysicsDr. David Bennum,Undergraduate Advisor775) 784-6128 daveb@unr.eduDr. Melodi Rodrigue,Undergraduate Advisor(775) 784-7049 melodir@unr.eduAtmospheric SciencesDr. Patrick Arnott ,Undergraduate Program Director(775) 784-6834 arnottw@unr.eduGraduate ProgramsIn addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School,the requirements for admission to graduate standing in physicsare:• A bachelor’s degree from an institution offeringan approved major in Physics (as defined by the AmericanInstitute of Physics).• Completion of regular junior-senior courses inmechanics, optics, electricity and magnetism, thermalphysics and modern physics.• A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better in allphysics and mathematics courses, and an overall GPAof 3.0 or better in all undergraduate courses.The University of Nevada, Reno operates on a semester systemwith terms beginning in late August and late January. You shouldsubmit your application for admission to the Graduate Program inPhysics online five months prior to the beginning of the semesterif you wish to compete for financial aid. Late applications are accepted,pending available space in the program. You should takethe general Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and if you are aninternational student, you must also take the Test of English as aForeign Language (TOEFL).Research and teaching assistantships are available on a competitivebasis. Most students obtain financial support from one ofthese sources. Summer research positions also are available inthe physics department and at the Desert Research Institute (DRI).These positions provide excellent research opportunities as well asadditional income for students.Graduate Program ContactGraduate Program DirectorDr. Ronald Phaneuf(775) 784-6818 gradphys@unr.eduG e t t i n g i n t o t h e U n i v e r s i t y o f N e v a d a , R e n oI m a g i n eE x p l o r eC r e a t ePhysicsU n i v e r s i t y o f N e v a d a , R e n oPhysicsA t t h e U n i v e r s i t y o f N e v a d a , R e n oStudying Physics or Atmospheric Sciences at theUniversity of Nevada, Reno is an exciting and rewardingadventure. The Physics Department’s mission isto provide a quality education that prepares studentsfor the challenges and opportunities presented by ourmodern technical society. Rigorous classroom instructionand laboratory experiences using modern equipmentand computers provide broad insight into natureand technology. We seek to provide forefront researchopportunities and experiences for both undergraduateand graduate students, and to address state andnational priorities in competitive research programs.The historical research strength in the departmentis Atomic, Molecular, Optical and Chemical Physics.Over the last decade, new research foci have emerged,including Plasma and High Energy Density Physics, AtmosphericPhysics, and Materials Physics. The departmentis proud of the fact that students at all levels areencouraged to become involved in research and manyundergraduates have publications before graduation.Two unique aspects of the Physics Departmentprogram are the research opportunities available at theNevada Terawatt Facility and the department’s historicallyclose association with the Division of AtmosphericSciences at the Desert Research Institute. The NevadaTerawatt Facility, located nine miles north of the maincampus, houses a 2 TW z-pinch accelerator coupled toa 30 J, 100 TW glass laser. Physics Department faculty,postdoctoral scholars, students and collaboratorsperform forefront research utilizing these tools. Whilethe undergraduate Atmospheric Sciences degree ishoused in the Physics Department, graduate degreesin Atmospheric Sciences and Chemical Physics are partof separate interdisciplinary programs at the university.Both programs benefit from instruction and researchopportunities provided by faculty members of theDesert Research Institute.DegreesAdvanced DegreesM.S. PhysicsPh.D. PhysicsUndergraduate DegreesB.S. Atmospheric SciencesB.S. PhysicsUndergraduate MinorsAtmospheric SciencesPhysics


Physics FacultyPhysics FacultyHigh Energy Density & Plasma PhysicsBruno Bauer Radu PresuraProfessorAssociate Research Professorbruno.s.bauer@gmail.compresura@unr.eduResearchA r e a s o f C o n c e n t r a t i o nAtomic, Molecular, Optical & Chemical PhysicsAndrei Derevianko Ulyana SafronovaProfessorResearch Professorandrei@unr.eduulyanas@.unr.eduAndrey EsaulovAssociate Research Professoresaulov@unr.eduStephan FuellingAssistant Research Professorfuelling@unr.eduVladimir IvanovAssociate Research Professorivanov@unr.eduVictor KantsyrevResearch Professorvictor@unr.eduRoberto ManciniProfessorrcman@unr.eduAlla SafronovaResearch Professoralla@unr.eduYasuhiko SentokuProfessorsentoku@unr.eduPiotr WiewiorAssistant Research Professorpwiewior@unr.eduFriedwardt WinterbergResearch Professorwinterbe@unr.eduAstronomy & Physics EducationDavid Bennum Melodi RodrigueChairLecturerdaveb@unr.edumelodir@unr.eduBernhard BachLaboratory Directorbbac2@unr.eduAtomic, Molecular, Optical & Chemical PhysicsAtomic, Molecular, Optical and Chemical Physicsresearch at the University of Nevada, Reno incorporatestheory modeling and experiment and addresses bothfundamental physics and practical applications.Theoretical work spans the range from precision calculationsof atomic structure for tests of the Standard Model ofelementary particles, to improving the accuracy of atomicclocks, to calculations and models of atomic interactionsand spectroscopy in dense plasma environments. Theoreticalefforts are also devoted to quantum computing andphysics of ultracold degenerate gases.Experiments concentrate on studies of neutral atomicand molecular interactions at extremely low temperaturesas well as on charge-changing processes involving ions inhigh-temperature fusion energy and astrophysical plasmaenvironments. Resources available to the experimentalprogram include a new laboratory for laser spectroscopyand cold collision physics, negative and multicharged positiveion accelerator laboratories, and an ion-photon-beamresearch endstation located at the Advanced Light Sourceat Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Departmentfaculty, postdoctoral scholars, and students benefit fromactive collaborations with researchers from throughout theworld.Materials and Atmospheric PhysicsThe Materials Physics Group focuses on improvingour understanding of the behavior of condensed matter.Materials of interest range from single crystals andaggregates of crystals such as minerals, metals and rocks,to amorphous and disordered materials such as polymersand glasses. Knowledge of the fundamental properties ofthese materials can be applied in diverse arenas, includingsolid state physics, geophysics and engineered materials.The Materials Physics group uses primarily acoustic andoptical techniques to extract information from samples,including Resonant Ultrasound Spectroscopy (RUS), RamanSpectroscopy, and Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR)spectroscopy. Typically, these tools are used to interrogatesamples while they undergo changes in state variables suchas temperature or pressure. Changes in the state variablescan induce concomitant changes in the arrangement of atomswithin the materials, which in turn can lead to changesin microscopic and macroscopic properties of the material.The Atmospheric Physics group develops and uses multispectralphotoacoustic instruments and sun photometers tomeasure atmospheric aerosols, with applications to climate,visibility, air pollution and public health. Instruments areused in both ground-based and airborne applications.These instruments use optical and acoustical methods tomeasure particle size, composition, and morphology ofsmall particles in the atmosphere.High Energy Density and Plasma PhysicsOne of the major research foci of the Physics Departmentspans the fields of plasma physics and high energy densityscience. Research groups are carrying out theoretical,computational, experimental and applied investigationsinto many physical systems under extremes of pressure,temperature and density. Research areas include studies ofthe formation and time evolution of plasmas, and investigationsof conditions ranging from the physics of the upper atmosphereto extreme pressures and temperatures found inastrophysical events. The Physics Department has a numberof distinctive research facilities that enhance the researchactivities in plasma physics and high energy density scienceincluding a 2 TW z-pinch accelerator, a 100 TW, 350 femtosecondlaser, and a ninety-six node cluster computer.Andrew GeraciAssistant Professorageraci@unr.eduPaul NeilProfessorpaul@unr.eduRonald PhaneufProfessorphaneuf@unr.eduMaterials & Atmospheric PhysicsW. Patrick Arnott Timothy DarlingProfessorResearch Professorarnottw@unr.edudarling@unr.eduAaron CovingtonNTF Interim DirectorAssistant Research Professoracovington@unr.eduKatherine McCallAssociate Professormccall@unr.eduContac tPhysics Department Contact Information:Department of PhysicsUniversity of Nevada, Reno1664 N. Virginia St./MS 0220Reno, NV 89557-0220Jonathan WeinsteinAssociate Professorjdweinstein@unr.eduPeter WinklerProfessorwinkler@unr.eduPhone: (775) 784-6792Fax: (775) 784-1398www.physics.unr.eduphysdept@unr.edu

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