Atomic, Molecular, Optical Physics
The Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics Group, consisting of three experimentalists and one theorist, is focused on atomic physics in the areas of cooling and trapping, atomic coherence, optical frequency standards, precision measurement in fundamental symmetry violations, and optical metrology using frequency combs. It enjoys a balanced mix of application and fundamental research and of experiment and theory, and yet seeks to expand by recruiting more members in near future.
Biological and Statistical Physics
The Biological and Statistical Physics Group, consisting of four faculty members, applies various experimental and theoretical methods to understand complex phenomena in biological systems, covering an extremely diverse selection of research topics with time and length scales ranging from femtoseconds and nanometers to decades and huge ecological systems. They are particularly interested in nonlinear dynamics of neural networks, cell motility and tissue dynamics, single molecule biophysics of nucleic acids, deep-tissue optical bio-imaging, and statistical physics of complex networks and biological systems applications of network theory.
Condensed Matter Physics
The Condensed Matter Physics Group, consisting of nine members, studies a variety of systems including semiconductors, superconductors, ferroelectrics, conductive polymers, and magnetic materials, as well as various nanostructures like nanotubes, nanowires, quantum dots, and quantum wells. Research methods include NMR spectroscopy, optical spectroscopy, electrical transport, SPM microscopy, many-body theories, and numerical renormalization group methods. While research subjects cover diverse phenomena and materials, they are commonly focused on nanoscale quantum phenomena. Several members in this group are also interested in Quantum Information science.
Since 1952, the department has had an initiative in high-energy physics, playing a major role in Korea. Currently, the High Energy Physics Group consists of six faculty members. Its experimental program involves two collider experiments, the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) and Belle. An intensive R&D program for the CMS muon trigger detectors and resistive plate chambers has been in progress since 1997. Theoretical efforts include collider phenomenology, with the main focus on understanding the effects of the strong interaction. With the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN currently running, both experimental and theoretical activities will focus on LHC physics and the heavy-ion collisions at RAON being built in Korea.