The members of the Astronomy group work primarily in helioseismology. This work includes both developing foundational theory for understanding experiments as well as data acquisition and reduction principally at 60-foot solar tower on Mt. Wilson.

Atomic and Molecular Physics

The research efforts of the Atomic and Molecular Physics group are concerned primarily with various aspects of the interaction of the electromagnetic radiation with matter, as well as atomic and molecular collisions.

Biological Physics

The NanoBio Lab focuses on the fundamentals, implications, and technological applications of biological charge transfer, using environmental microbes as model systems. This is a highly interdisciplinary area, drawing from the toolboxes of nanoscience, condensed matter physics, electrochemistry, and environmental microbiology.

Computational Physics

Computational Science has become a major inter-disciplinary focus at USC. Members of the Computational Physics group are currently working on large-scale simulations of quantum spin liquids, atomic spectra, time-dependent atomic processes in intense fields and multi-scale hybrid simulations of materials.

Condensed Matter Physics

The Condensed Matter group is currently investigating a range of topics, including unconventional superconductivity, quantum spin liquids, solid state quantum computers, superfluidity of þHe, electron transport at low temperatures, two-dimensional inversion layers in semiconductors.


The Cosmology group at USC is interested in a variety of scienitific issues including dark matter and dark energy models, the early Universe, cosmological parameter determination, data analysis and interpretation.

High Energy Physics

The members of the High Energy Theory group at USC are a very dynamic group whose contributions to the field have been widely recognized. Currently, the main emphasis of the group is on superstring theory and related topics.

Laser Physics

The Laser Physics group has attained national and international prominence during the past decade for its work involving applications of lasers and basic laser studies.

Quantum Information Science

Research in Quantum information processing studies the potential use of quantum mechanical systems--individual atoms, ions, photons, and nanoscale solid state devices--for information-processing tasks such as computation and communication.

Space Science

Work in the Space Sciences Center is engaged in both laboratory and space based investigations of photoabsorption and emission processes in atomic and molecular gasses in the spectral region from the extreme ultraviolet through the infrared.

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