Graduate studies in nuclear physics and nuclear astrophysics


We are looking for students interested in pursuing a graduate degree at Central Michigan University, either at the Master of Science (MS) or the PhD level.

The nuclear physics group at CMU has graduate research opportunities available in a number of fields in nuclear physics and nuclear astrophysics. One of our main areas of research are experiments with radioactive ion beams. They include the measurement of nuclear masses, beta-decays, and nuclear reactions of unstable isotopes relevant to nuclear astrophysics processes in explosive scenarios: the r-process, the nu-p process, and X-ray bursts in accreting neutron stars. This is complemented by theoretical research in nuclear structure, and nuclear level densities for nuclear reactions. Theoretical and experimental research opportunities also exist in the application of nuclear physics to fundamental physics questions, such as neutrino-less double-beta decay.

The nuclear physics group at CMU includes five faculty member conducting research in experimental, theoretical and computational physics. The group has a strong connection with the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL), located only one hour away from Mount Pleasant, and the future Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB). We have active experimental programs at other national and international laboratories, such as Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) in Chicago and the Radioactive Ion Beam Factory (RIBF) in Japan. Experimental facilities at CMU include a Penning-trap spectrometer for precision mass measurements, and laboratories for testing and developing of radiation detectors. We are participating members in the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics - Center for the Evolution of the Elements (JINA-CEE), which offers students the opportunity to get involved in computational nuclear astrophysics projects.

CMU offers degree programs at both the Master of Science and PhD level. The MS program has a typical duration of two years, and combines graduate level courses in core physics subjects with a research-based thesis project. The PhD degree is offered within the Science of Advanced Materials program, which is an interdisciplinary research-intensive PhD. Admission to the PhD program requires having completed an MS in Physics, or an equivalent degree. The program has a reduced course load, with the emphasis placed in research work towards the completion of a PhD dissertation. Funding is available through research assistantships for both programs.

Applications are reviewed in a continuous base, but are encouraged before October 15th for acceptance for the Spring 2018 semester. For more information, please contact Prof. Alfredo Estrade (a.estrade@cmich.edu), or the Department of Physics graduate programs website.

The web-pages of faculty members with open student positions are:
+ Alfredo Estrade
+ Mihai Horoi
+ Georgios Perdikakis
+ Matt Redshaw

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