Bryn Mawr College - Bryn Mawr, PA

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Physics Graduate Studies in a Liberal Arts Setting Bryn Mawr College Department of Physics offers prospective students an exciting combination of academic excellence, provocative research opportunities, and competitive financial support in a distinctive liberal arts environment. The department's small size allows students and faculty members to work closely together and for graduate coursework to be handled in small tutorials, often tailored to the needs of the students. Doctoral and Master Degree Programs in Physics The Physics Department offers both Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Master of Arts (M.A.) degree programs in experimental and theoretical research specialties. These include atomic and optical physics, molecular spectroscopy and dynamics, nanoscience and spintronics, quantum field theory and string theory, and solid state nuclear magnetic resonance. The M.A. in Physics Degree Program at Bryn Mawr The M.A. degree program is a research-based program requiring completion of 4 graduate courses and 2 research-based courses. Two of the courses may be transferred from another institution. Most students graduate in 2 years. The Ph.D. in Physics Degree Program at Bryn Mawr The core work of the Ph.D. degree program path is at least 12 units of physics courses. Successful students also complete original research dissertations worthy of publishing, as well as dissertation defenses and comprehensive examinations. A master's degree program en route to the Ph.D. degree program is available. Many students find that completing a master's degree is helpful to their study; however, doing so is not a requirement for the Ph.D. degree program. Students also undertake written and oral exams covering quantum mechanics, electromagnetism, classical mechanics, special relativity, and statistical mechanics. They defend original dissertations. Innovative Research in Physics at Bryn Mawr The Physics Department at Bryn Mawr has been recognized and sponsored by agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), the American Chemical Society, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Current research topics include: solid state nuclear magnetic resonance, spintronics, nanomaterials, molecular spectroscopy and dynamics, ultracold Rhydberg atoms, high-energy physics, string theory, and quantum field theory. Well-known Faculty Members in Physics at Bryn Mawr Among the notable scientists at Bryn Mawr is Elizabeth F. McCormack, a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts, and the American Council for Education. Professor McCormack investigates fundamental aspects of molecular excited state-structure and dynamics using a variety of laser spectroscopy techniques. Her interests include Rydberg and ion-pair state dynamics, photoionization, autoionization, predissociation, and photodissociation. Various techniques employed include resonant multiphoton excitation and detection, time-of-flight mass spectroscopy, and resonant, 4-wave mixing in the frequency and time domains.Professor Michael W. Noel has received the prestigious NSF Career Award. Professor Noel serves as a referee for the journals "Physical Review Letters," the "American journal of Physics," and the "European Physical Journal." His research interests include laser cooling and trapping, resonant dipole-dipole interactions, low temperature plasma physics, many body interactions, quantum computing, and quantum control.Professor Xuemei May Cheng has already received an NSF CAREER award, and 2 other regular NSF grants to fund her research activities. She is an elected member of the Steering Committee of the Advanced Photon Source Users Organization. She has been invited to serve on review panels for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She has also reviewed grant proposals for NSF and Department of Energy (DOE). Her research interests include: (1) spin dynamics in magnetic nanostructures, (2) interface magnetism, (3) magnetic properties of complex oxides, and (4) dimensionality-controlled nanostructures. Professor Michael B. Schulz's work focuses on string theory and its applications to particle physics and cosmology. His current research seeks to elucidate the rich geometrical structure that underlies generalized string theory compactifications, and to develop a more complete picture of how 10 dimensional string theory gives rise to realistic 4 dimensional quantum field theories that can describe the world. His work has been supported by the NSF. Admission and Financial Assistance at Bryn Mawr Currently, each full-time graduate student in good standing in the program is receiving a generous stipend, full tuition remission, and a subsidy toward health insurance coverage. Continuing support is provided depending on progress toward a degree and, in the case of teaching assistantships, satisfactory performance in the instructional laboratory. Advanced graduate students may receive support through faculty research grants from the NSF or other foundations. Top-Notch Facilities at Bryn Mawr Students at Bryn Mawr have access to the Advanced Photon Source (APS) of Argonne National Laboratory and the Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) at Brookhaven National Laboratory. On-site facilities available to graduate students include a UHV sputtering deposition system, a photolithography system, an atomic force microscope, an electrochemical deposition system, a Class 1000 soft-curtain cleanroom, a Vibrating Sample Magnetometer, X-ray diffractometer, solid state NMR spectrometer, tunable pulsed and CW laser systems, a molecular beam apparatus, 2 ultrahigh vacuum systems for laser cooling and trapping, as well as a machine shop to create custom scientific apparatus. A Beautiful Campus Long recognized by publications such as "LIFE" and "US News and World Report" as among the most scenic campuses in the nation, Bryn Mawr is set 11 miles west of Philadelphia, PA, in the stately suburb of Bryn Mawr. The stone buildings on campus are the forerunners of what has become known as the Collegiate Gothic style of buildings. Today, over 40 buildings share a campus of 135 acres, much of it laid out in gardens and walking paths.

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