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Graduate Student Research Opportunities

Graduate Student Research Opportunities

Browse list of available research assistant opportunities by Physics faculty.
 
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Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics

Professor Farrar

Research with Professor Glennys Farrar

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+ Particle physics relevant for sexaquark discovery via lab experiments and astrophysics.

Dark Matter may be an as-yet- undiscovered stable particle composed of 6 quarks: uuddss, called sexaquark or S. A parameter-free estimation of its relic density agrees with DM observation and all lab, cosmological and astrophysical constraints to date are consistent with expected or required behavior. This opens multiple lines of research and I have support for 3 GRAs to work on different aspects as well as other areas of astroparticle physics and astronomy/cosmology. Depending on student interests: (1) Simulations of S production and interactions at the LHC, and development of an optimal trigger for its detection in Milliqan (LHC experiment lead by NYU’s Andy Haas). (2) Theoretical investigations aiming to calculate the amplitude for dissociation of S into 2 Lambda (uds) baryons. (3) Predictions for the impact of S on the QCD equation of state at ultrahigh density and the Neutron Star Mass-Radius relation; constraints on S from gravitational wave and NICER observations. (4) Constraining S interactions from ultrahigh energy cosmic ray air showers.
Funding Source:
NSF
Funding Term:
2 years +
Eligibility Requirements:
Some of the funding is for members of under-represented groups, most is unrestricted.
Date Posted:
2021-08-30
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+ Astrophysical constraints on light Dark Matter and DM having significant non-gravitational interactions with ordinary matter.

The best constraints on cold DM (CDM) are from direct and indirect detection and laboratory production experiments, which have excluded most WIMP models. However these techniques leave the interesting parameter space for light dark matter (sexaquarks, axions, fuzzy axions, massive neutrinos,...) relatively unconstrained. Generically, these models predict that very small scale density fluctuations in the Early Universe are smeared out relative to CDM, generating differences in dwarf galaxy abundances, etc, relative to CDM expectations. However to obtain robust constraints on DM requires accounting for the non-trivial impact of the non-standard DM properties, on the evolution from early universe to structures observed today; this has not been done in studies so far. In this project, a variety of tools -- ranging from simulations of galaxy formation to studies of Milky Way dwarf galaxies and stellar stream observations — will be brought to bear to derive reliable limits. Another facet of the project is to determine whether DM-baryon interactions can explain the observed but unexpected early growth of supermassive black holes.
Funding Source:
NSF
Funding Term:
2 years +
Eligibility Requirements:
Some of the funding is for members of under-represented groups, most is unrestricted.
Date Posted:
2021-08-30
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+ Discovering the origin and structure of the magnetic field of the Milky Way, and the origins of Ultrahigh Energy and Galactic Cosmic Rays.

This project has multiple aspects which can be chosen to match student interests. Fundamental astrophysics: improve our theoretical understanding and the model description of the large scale magnetic field of the Milky Way and external galaxies. Astroparticle Physics: Use Auger and other observations of the UHECR spectrum, composition and arrival-direction anisotropies, and IceCube and other neutrino data, to discover or constrain the sources of the highest energy cosmic rays in the Galaxy and in the Universe. Compare properties of candidate acceleration sites to these constraints.
Funding Source:
NSF
Funding Term:
2 years +
Eligibility Requirements:
Some of the funding is for members of under-represented groups, most is unrestricted.
Date Posted:
2021-08-30
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Center for Quantum Information Physics

Professor Shabani

Research with Professor Javad Shabani

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+ Develops engineered condensed matter platforms where atoms and their interactions are replaced with artificial atoms and tunable interactions at mesoscopic scales.

Our group develops highly engineered condensed matter platforms where atoms and their interactions are replaced with artificial atoms and tunable interactions at mesoscopic scales. Using state-of-the-art nanofabrications, we can create and simulate a variety of quantum phenomena using precise superconducting circuit toolbox. In addition we study proximity effect induced at interfaces between superconductors and semiconductors, which can be tuned using electrostatic gates. These systems can serve as platforms for a wide variety of applications from Josephson field effect circuits to superconducting qubits and topological quantum computing. An enabling part of our research is that our group develops our own atomically-tailored materials using molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) to realize the best quality samples. Our quantum devices and circuits are probed using low-temperature DC and RF measurements at near absolute zero temperature.
Funding Source:
DARPA/ Department of Energy / Army Research Office / Office of Navy Research / Air Force Office of Research / National Science Foundation / Private Quantum Companies
Funding Term:
Full, Through Graduation
Eligibility Requirements:
1st and 2nd year highly motivated graduate students, good academic record, excellent teamwork skills and great communication skills
Date Posted:
2024-02-13
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Center for Quantum Phenomena

Professor Kota Katsumi

Research with Professor Kota Katsumi

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+ Condensed matter experiment - Ultrafast spectroscopy in quantum materials with the aim of revealing and controlling the materials properties by optical driving.

Our group explores ultrafast non-equilibrium phenomena in quantum materials triggered by intense optical pulses, with the aim of revealing and controlling the materials properties. In particular, we employ light pulses with terahertz frequency, where various novel quantum phenomena exist in condensed matter systems. You will work on developing the ultrafast spectroscopic system and performing time-resolved spectroscopy in quantum materials, such as superconductors, magnets, 2D materials, and so on. For more details, please contact Kota Katsumi at kk5461@nyu.edu
Funding Source:
Startup
Funding Term:
Until graduation
Eligibility Requirements:
1st and 2nd year graduate students with motivation towards condensed matter experiments using lasers. The skills for optical or cryogenic experiments are plus but not mandatory.
Date Posted:
2024-03-01
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Professor Mitra

Research with Professor Aditi Mitra

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+ Quantum condensed matter theory. Topological Order, Nonequilibrium phenomena, Moire and Flat Band Systems.

My research area is quantum condensed matter theory. There is typically a lot of flexibility in choosing problems. A possible project could be to work on topological insulators. These are systems that are insulating in the bulk, and have edge states that are protected by discrete symmetries. Topological insulators are well understood only for non-interacting fermions. The project would involve understanding what happens when the fermions are interacting, and also driven out of equilibrium. A second project concerns studying objects known as "Topological Defects" and how these manifest in driven (Floquet) systems. This project will involve collaborations with Yifan Wang (CCPP). I am also interested in developing analytic methods to study out of time ordered correlators and entanglement measures. In addition, interested students can work on Moire materials and the exciting new field of "twistronics".
Funding Source:
NSF or DOE
Funding Term:
3+ years starting immediately
Eligibility Requirements:
Core courses or QFT-1. First-year and Second-year students preferred.
Date Posted:
2023-06-21
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Center for Soft Matter Research

Professor Pine

Research with Professor David Pine

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+ Self-assembly of colloidal crystals with a photonic bandgap and exploring their optical properties.

Self-assembly of colloidal crystals with a photonic bandgap and exploring their optical properties. We recently self-assembled a diamond crystal, a longstanding goal in photonics. This opens up a wide spectrum of new research opportunities. This project is primarily experimental and will involve preparing samples and studying their optical properties through experiments and simulations.
Funding Source:
Army Research Office
Funding Term:
3 years
Eligibility Requirements:
1st or 2nd year graduate student with good academic record and a strong work ethic.
Date Posted:
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Professor Alexandra Zidovska

Research with Professor Alexandra Zidovska

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+ Cell biophysics with the focus on physics of the genome.

Our lab is a cell biophysics lab with the focus on physics of the genome. We use experimental, analytical and computational approaches from biophysics, polymer physics and soft condensed matter physics to reveal physical principles governing behavior of the genome in live cells. Examples of our experimental tools include high-resolution optical microscopy, small angle X-ray scattering and random-positioning machine. Currently available projects range from investigations of physical principles underlying the genome's non-equilibrium organization, dynamics, rheology, emergent phenomena, phase separations, hydrodynamics, functional liquid condensates to astrobiophysics studying the effect of microgravity on the human genome. More details can be found here: https://physics.nyu.edu/zidovskalab/research_general.html or reach out directly to Prof. Zidovska at az45@nyu.edu.
Funding Source:
NSF / NIH / Start-up
Funding Term:
Until Graduation
Eligibility Requirements:
1st and 2nd year graduate students with good academic record and strong work ethic. Strong coding skills a plus, no prior biology knowledge necessary.
Date Posted:
2022-08-09
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Fluid Physics Lab and Applied Math Lab

Professor Zhang

Research with Professor Jun Zhang

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+ Experimental fluid physics -- research inspired by biological or geophysical phenomena.

The ongoing activities of our group include: flapping flight of wings in turbulence, how things fall through a fluid, thin fluid films and stability, solid-solid interaction through fluid (fluid gears), vortex dynamics (reflection upon free air-water interface), thermal convection aimed to explain geophysical phenomena.
Funding Source:
NSFC and startup from NYU Shanghai
Funding Term:
3 years, if reside at NYU Shanghai
Eligibility Requirements:
motivated students willing to do hand-on experiments and experienced with some optics (for visualization), electronics (data collection, etc).
Date Posted:
2024-03-17
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Tandon School of Engineering: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Professor Riedo

Research with Professor Elisa Riedo

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+ Nanoscience and 2D materials for applications in nanoelectronics, nano-biosensors and material science.

We are looking for creative and brilliant experimental physicists to join the picoforcelab.org group of Prof. Elisa Riedo. The research will be at the forefront of nanoscience and 2D materials for applications in nanoelectronics, nano-biosensors and material science.
Funding Source:
DoE, ARO and Private Sector
Funding Term:
Entire phd
Eligibility Requirements:
Brilliant Mind and Motivation
Date Posted:
2022-03-30
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