HKUST PG Programs 2023-24 for School of Science

School of SCIENCE 10 Department of Physics Research in the Department covers a broad range of topics, from the smallest to the largest scale. Faculty members work both independently and collaboratively and they are also linked to HKUST’s front-running William Mong Institute of Nano Science and Technology and the HKUST Institute for Advanced Study. Research Foci Cold atoms, Optics and Quantum Information Matter-matter and light-matter interactions at atomic and molecular levels, precise control of quantum systems at the level of single photons, atoms, and molecules. Studies of physics in this scale lead to the next revolution of quantum technologies. Condensed matter experiments and advanced materials To study the properties of matters and the emerging quantum materials, such as graphene, transition metal dichalcogenides, topological matters, nanostructures, superconductors, and organic artificial structures with advanced experimental techniques. Condensed matter theory, statistical and computational physics Understanding collections of particles using quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics and electromagnetism lead to the prediction and manipulation of many novel materials including topological insulators, Dirac semimetals, Weyl semimetals, unconventional superconductors and twodimensional materials. Particle physics and cosmology Studies of elementary particles help explaining the observed cosmological structures and vice versa. To answer the most fundamental scientific questions, such as: What everything around us is made of and interact? What is the origin of our Universe and how does it evolve? These questions are deeply interconnected. Soft Matter and Biological physics Colloids, polymers, complex fluids, granular materials and biological systems from the scale of biological molecules to whole organism. These mechanically soft systems have significant thermal effects. Understanding their behaviors in themesoscopic scale is both challenging and technologically important. Metamaterials, Photonic and Phononic Crystals Metamaterials and artificial crystals derive their properties from structures rather than the constitute materials, allowing us to explore optical and acoustic wave phenomena in ways not possible before, such as invisibility cloaking, negative refractive indices, non-Hermitian physics and nontrivial topological phases.