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Physicists at Boston University look to open a window on the universe. An understanding of physics can elucidate everything from how a ball falls to the ground to what the early universe looked like, can shed light on the forces guiding the cosmos and the behavior of subatomic particles. A degree in physics provides the intellectual foundation for applications in engineering, technology, and industry, as well as in training the next generation of scientists at both the high school and university levels.


Department chair: Andrei Ruckenstein
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  • Quantum hydrodynamics in spin chains with phase space methods 

    Polkovnikov, Anatoli; Wurtz, Jonathan (2020-05-15)
    Connecting short time microscopic dynamics with long time hydrodynamics in strongly correlated quantum systems is one of the outstanding questions. In particular, it is very difficult to determine various hydrodynamic ...
  • Floquet-engineered quantum state manipulation in a noisy qubit 

    Boyers, Eric; Pandey, Mohit; Campbell, David K.; Polkovnikov, Anatoli; Sels, Dries; Sushkov, Alexander O. (American Physical Society, 2019-07-25)
    Adiabatic evolution is a common strategy for manipulating quantum states and has been employed in diverse fields such as quantum simulation, computation and annealing. However, adiabatic evolution is inherently slow and ...
  • Detecting signals of weakly first-order phase transitions in two-dimensional Potts models 

    Iino, Shumpei; Morita, Satoshi; Kawashima, Naoki; Sandvik, Anders W. (The Physical Society of Japan, 2019-03-01)
    We investigate the first-order phase transitions of the q-state Potts models with q = 5, 6, 7, and 8 on the two- dimensional square lattice, using Monte Carlo simulations. At the very weakly first-order transition of the ...
  • Phenomenology of the new light Higgs bosons in Gildener-Weinberg models 

    Lane, Kenneth; Pilon, Eric (American Physical Society (APS), 2020-03-26)
    Gildener-Weinberg (GW) models of electroweak symmetry breaking are especially interesting because the low mass and nearly Standard Model couplings of the $125\,{\rm GeV}$ Higgs boson, $H$, are protected by approximate ...
  • Band gap engineering with ultralarge biaxial strains in suspended monolayer MoS2 

    Lloyd, D.; Liu, X.; Christopher, J. W.; Cantley, L.; Wadehra, A.; Kim, B. L.; Goldberg, B. B.; Swan, A. K.; Bunch, J. S. (AMER CHEMICAL SOC, 2016-09-01)
    We demonstrate the continuous and reversible tuning of the optical band gap of suspended monolayer MoS2 membranes by as much as 500 meV by applying very large biaxial strains. By using chemical vapor deposition (CVD) to ...
  • Fast counting with tensor networks 

    Kourtis, Stefanos; Chamon, Claudio; Mucciolo, Eduardo; Ruckenstein, Andrei (Stichting SciPost, 2019-11-12)
    We introduce tensor network contraction algorithms for counting satisfying assignments of constraint satisfaction problems (#CSPs). We represent each arbitrary #CSP formula as a tensor network, whose full contraction yields ...
  • Emergent simplicity in microbial community assembly 

    Goldford, Joshua E.; Lu, Nanxi; Bajic, Djordje; Estrela, Sylvie; Tikhonov, Mikhail; Sanchez-Gorostiaga, Alicia; Segre, Daniel; Mehta, Pankaj; Sanchez, Alvaro (AMER ASSOC ADVANCEMENT SCIENCE, 2018-08-03)
    A major unresolved question in microbiome research is whether the complex taxonomic architectures observed in surveys of natural communities can be explained and predicted by fundamental, quantitative principles. Bridging ...
  • Community analysis of global financial markets 

    Vodenska, Irena; Becker, Alexander P.; Zhou, Di; Kenett, Dror Y.; Stanley, H. Eugene; Havlin, Shlomo (MDPI AG, 2016-05-13)
    We analyze the daily returns of stock market indices and currencies of 56 countries over the period of 2002–2012. We build a network model consisting of two layers, one being the stock market indices and the other the ...
  • Calorimetry for low-energy electrons using charge and light in liquid argon 

    Carey, Robert M.; Kearns, Edward (American Physical Society, 2020-01-20)
    Precise calorimetric reconstruction of 5–50 MeV electrons in liquid argon time projection chambers (LArTPCs) will enable the study of astrophysical neutrinos in DUNE and could enhance the physics reach of oscillation ...
  • Search for astronomical neutrinos from blazar TXS 0506+056 in Super-Kamiokande 

    Hagiwara, K.; Abe, K.; Bronner, C.; Hayato, Y.; Ikeda, M.; Ito, H.; Kameda, J.; Kataoka, Y.; Kato, Y.; Kishimoto, Y.; Marti, L. l.; Miura, M.; Moriyama, S.; Mochizuki, T.; Nakahata, M.; Nakajima, Y.; Nakayama, S.; Okada, T.; Okamoto, K.; Orii, A.; Pronost, G.; Sekiya, H.; Shiozawa, M.; Sonoda, Y.; Takeda, A.; Takenaka, A.; Tanaka, H.; Yano, T.; Akutsu, R.; Kajita, T.; Okumura, K.; Wang, Rui; Xia, J.; Bravo-Berguño, D.; Labarga, L.; Fernandez, P.; Blaszczyk, F. D. M.; Kearns, Edward; Raaf, J. L.; Stone, James L.; Wan, L.; Wester, T.; Bian, J.; Griskevich, N. J.; Kropp, W. R.; Locke, S.; Mine, S.; Smy, M. B.; Sobel, H. W.; Takhistov, V.; Weatherly, P.; Ganezer, K. S.; Hill, J.; Kim, J. Y.; Lim, I. T.; Park, R. G.; Bodur, B.; Scholberg, K.; Walter, C. W.; Coffani, A.; Drapier, O.; Gonin, M.; Mueller, Th. A.; Paganini, P.; Ishizuka, T.; Nakamura, T.; Jang, J. S.; Learned, J. G.; Matsuno, S.; Litchfield, R. P.; Sztuc, A. A.; Uchida, Y.; Berardi, V.; Calabria, N. F.; Catanesi, M. G.; Radicioni, E.; Rosa, G. De; Collazuol, G.; Iacob, F.; Ludovici, L.; Nishimura, Y.; Cao, S.; Friend, M.; Hasegawa, T.; Ishida, T.; Kobayashi, T.; Nakadaira, T.; Nakamura, K.; Oyama, Y.; Sakashita, K.; Sekiguchi, T.; Tsukamoto, T.; Hasegawa, M.; Isobe, Y.; Miyabe, H.; Nakano, Y.; Shiozawa, T.; Sugimoto, T.; Suzuki, A. T.; Takeuchi, Y.; Ali, A.; Ashida, Y.; Hirota, S.; Jiang, M.; Kikawa, T.; Mori, M.; Nakamura, K. E.; Nakaya, T.; Wendell, R. A.; Anthony, L. H. V.; McCauley, N.; Pritchard, A.; Tsui, K. M.; Fukuda, Y.; Itow, Y.; Niwa, T.; Taani, M.; Tsukada, M.; Mijakowski, P.; Frankiewicz, K.; Jung, C. K.; Vilela, C.; Wilking, M. J.; Yanagisawa, C.; Fukuda, D.; Harada, M.; Horai, T.; Ishino, H.; Ito, S.; Koshio, Y.; Sakuda, M.; Takahira, Y.; Xu, C.; Kuno, Y.; Cook, Lana; Simpson, Cynthia; Wark, D.; Lodovico, F. Di; Sedgwick, Sally Molina; Richards, B.; Zsoldos, S.; Kim, S. B.; Thiesse, M.; Thompson, L.; Okazawa, H.; Choi, Y.; Nishijima, K.; Koshiba, M.; Yokoyama, M.; Goldsack, A.; Martens, K.; Quilain, B.; Suzuki, Y.; Vagins, M. R.; Kuze, M.; Tanaka, M.; Yoshida, T.; Ishitsuka, M.; Matsumoto, R.; Ohta, K.; Martin, Jessica F.; Nantais, C. M.; Tanaka, H. A.; Towstego, T.; Hartz, M.; Konaka, A.; Perio, P. de; Chen, S.; Jamieson, B.; Walker, J.; Minamino, A.; Okamoto, K.; Pintaudi, G. (American Astronomical Society, 2019-12-14)
    We report a search for astronomical neutrinos in the energy region from several GeV to TeV in the direction of the blazar TXS 0506+056 using the Super-Kamiokande detector following the detection of a 100 TeV neutrinos from ...

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