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Computational Physics

This interdisciplinary area, which brings together physics and computer science, is dramatically growing. The rapidly increasing power of computers and growing sophistication of computational techniques have recently made computational approaches to solving fundamental problems much more important and exciting. Here at SU we are contributing extensively to this area of study. The physics department has excellent computing facilities, including a 2300-processor computational cluster for LIGO data analysis, a 144-processor computational cluster for condensed matter simulations and allocations on supercomputer facilities at Fermilab and Jefferson Lab for particle physics simulations. These clusters are enhanced by graphics processing units (GPUs) and have over 100,000 GPU cores in addition to the traditional CPUs. Scientists in the Physics Department have been instrumental in constructing a "campus grid" which leverages spare CPU cycles from desktop computers on the SU campus for research computing. The department teaches courses on simulation methods, where students learn computer programming, as applied to simulation and visualizing physical systems, such as planetary systems and waves. Undergraduates at SU have participated in computational research to understand the properties of complex materials, to calculate interactions of elementary particles and to model sources of gravitational waves.

Faculty

Mark Bowick

Mark  Bowick 
Joel Dorman Steele Professor of
Physics

Steven Blusk

Steven  Blusk 
Professor of
Physics

Duncan Brown

Duncan  Brown 
Charles Brightman Professor of
Physics

Simon Catterall

Simon  Catterall 
Professor of
Physics

Peter 
                                            Couvares

Peter  Couvares

Ryan 
                                            Fisher

Ryan  Fisher 
Research Assistant Professor

John "Jack" Laiho

John "Jack"  Laiho 
Assistant Professor of
Physics

M. Lisa Manning

M. Lisa  Manning 
Associate Professor of
Physics

M. Cristina Marchetti

M. Cristina  Marchetti 
William R. Kenan Distinguished Professor of
Physics

Alan Middleton

Alan  Middleton 
Professor of Physics and Department Chair

Tomasz Skwarnicki

Tomasz  Skwarnicki 
Professor of
Physics