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Research in Theoretical Physics falls broadly into four areas, with significant overlap of interests and collaborations. These are: High Energy Physics (particle physics), Condensed Matter Physics & Soft Condensed Matter Physics, and the Fundamentals of Quantum Mechanics.

The central objective of all particle physics research is to understand the fundamental interactions of the basic forms of matter and their ultimate structure. The High Energy Theory group's activity centers on a quantum-field-theoretical study of these interactions, with specific emphasis on gauge field theories, which are indispensable for the description of all interactions. A number of related topics in mathematical physics, topology of field theories, string theory, etc. are also topics of research interest for the group. Professors V.P. Nair and A.P. Polychronakos work in this area.
  • Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics:strongly correlated systems in low dimensions; materials science, surface science, sonoluminescence; interaction of light with matter; statistical mechanics; symmetry and symmetry breaking in condensed matter. 
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  • Experimental Condensed Matter Physics:  Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy and imaging; transport and magnetic properties of a variety of materials, mostly at low temperatures; magnetic properties of molecular nanomagnets, sometimes referred to as single-molecule magnets; surface reactions of oxygen with crystalline SiC; preparation and characterization of a variety of crystalline and amorphous semiconductor and insulating films; optical spectroscopic techniques to study correlated-electron systems and nano-systems; physical properties of electron systems of reduced dimensionality. 
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  • Soft Condensed Matter Physics: heology; nonlinear fluids, including liquid crystals, polymers and polymer blends, and yield-stress materials; polymer interfaces; flow instabilities.
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  • BioPhysics: interfaces physics with biology and medicine and is one of the most rapidly developing areas of physics. Because of their specialized training and knowledge, physicists have made major contributions in revealing the secrets of life and in the treatment of disease. 
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  • Material Science:
  • Physics Education: Physics Education Research: Systematic studies on how students learn science in general and physics in particular . Innovative Instruction: Student-centered instructional strategies with documented effectiveness. Teacher Education: Programs for in-service and pre-service science teachers ranging from elementary shool to high school.Community Outreach: Educational and fun interactive physics shows for pre-college classes at all levels, both at CCNY and at area schools. 
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  • Nanophysics: engineering of new materials and nanostructures using spectroscopic and surface sensitive techniques. It was founded with NSF funding and its mission is to expand the representation of minorities at the doctoral level in the sciences. 
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  • Optics and Photonics:
    Ongoing Photonics research at CCNY Science Division include optical biomedical imaging for noninvasive detection of breast and prostate cancers, tunable solid-state lasers, ultrafast laser development and ultrafast laser spectroscopy...
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