Astrophysics activities at Georgia Tech are devoted to interdisciplinary research and education linking astrophysics, astroparticle physics, computational physics, cosmology, data analysis, numerical relativity and gravitational wave physics. Multi-messenger astrophysics is at the core of the faculty’s research groups, using photons, particles, and gravitational waves to understand cosmic objects across the universe. Students often work with data from current observatories, such as LIGO, IceCube, and JWST, and design new hardware for next-generation astroparticle detectors.
2023 Faculty Advisors: Laura Cadonati, John Wise, Tamara Bogdanovic, Gongjie Li, A. Nepomuk Otte
Condensed Matter and Quantum Materials
The core strength of the condensed matter group is the growth, characterization, and spectroscopy of quantum materials, including new-generation epitaxial graphene, topological insulators and semimetals, and quantum spin liquids. Our goal is to harness the quantum mechanical properties of materials for future nanoelectronics and sensors and to gain deeper insights into quantum many-body physics.
2023 Faculty Advisors: Martin Mourigal, Zhigang Jiang, Phil First, Dragomir Davidovic, Claire Berger
Physics of Living Systems
The Physics of Living Systems Group in the School of Physics at Georgia Tech seeks to understand how physics can inform questions of structure, function, and dynamics in biological systems, and to study fundamental physics questions posed by biological systems.
2023 Faculty Advisors: Jennifer Curtis, Simon Sponberg, Dan Goldman, Peter Yunker, Harold Kim, Flavio Fenton
Quantum Simulation/Sensors with Ultracold Atoms
The atom has played a pivotal role as both benchmark for our current theories and an inspiration for new ones. Foundational concepts, such as Bose and Fermi statistics, the Schrödinger equation, and spin-orbit coupling, have emerged from their atomic origins and become prerequisite knowledge for the study of nuclei, molecules, and, crucially, solid state materials. Our research team looks to harness the power of these seemingly simple objects to understand the world around us, and particular the materials that make it up, in new ways.
2023 Faculty Advisors: Mike Chapman
The beauty and complexity of the world around us owe a lot to the fact that the governing laws are nonlinear. This hidden commonality allows one to discover similarities in problems ranging from quantum phenomena at one end of the scale to the structure of the Universe at the other.
2023 Faculty Advisors: Dan Goldman, Flavio Fenton, Simon Sponberg
In our lab, we take a “robophysical” approach to discover principles of effective interaction of ambulatory robots with multicomponent flowable substrates. We use robots as simplified model locomotors to test hypotheses and explore principles of locomotion.
2023 Faculty Advisors: Dan Goldman
Soft Matter Physics
The Soft Matter Group in the School of Physics at Georgia Tech studies a wide variety of complex systems that are “soft” in the sense of transitioning easily between diverse states. We combine cutting-edge experiments and innovative theory to probe matter from microscopic colloidal, polymeric, liquid-crystalline and biological/active particles to macroscale structures such as knits, origami, mechanical lattices, and robots.
2023 Faculty Advisors: Jennifer Curtis, Dan Goldman, Peter Yunker