Physics 6991: Introduction to Research in Physics and Astronomy

Fall 2017

M 16:00-17:00, Room 245, Physics Building

This is a 1 credit course. Incoming graduate students are introduced to the research opportunites in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Presentations will be given by members of the faculty and each will indicate some recent research papers from their groups that students should read before attending the presentation. Some presentations will include visits to labs in the physics building.

Professor: Professor and Chair David Cinabro (139 Physics, 313-577-2918,,
Office Hours: M 15:00-16:00 or by appointment
Weekly Write-Ups (100%)
Students are required to submit a weekly one page summary of the research topic presented the previous week. The last summary is due on 17:00 on 18 December.

Day By Day in Class

Week Topic Presenter Paper Link
11 Sep Physics and Astronomy Research at Wayne State Professor Cinabro -
18 Sep The Phase Diagram of Nuclear Matter Professor Llope Ultrarelativistic heavy-ion collisions: exploring the phase diagram of QCD
25 Sep Single molecule to Multi-molecule ensemble Professor Sakamoto R1 motif is the major actin-binding domain of TRIOBP-4
Actin structure-dependent stepping of myosin 5a and 10 during processive movement
Coupling of two non-processive myosin 5c dimers enables processive stepping along actin filaments
The actin-bundling protein TRIOBP-4 and -5 promotes the motility of pancreatic cancer cells
Effect of N-Terminal Extension of Cardiac Troponin I on the Ca(2+) Regulation of ATP Binding and ADP Dissociation of Myosin II in Native Cardiac Myofibrils
2 Oct How Big is the Proton? Professor Paz -
9 Oct Measuring Susceptibility from MRI Professor Norman Cheng Limitations of calculating field distributions and magnetic susceptibilities in MRI using a Fourier based method
Magnetic moment quantifications of small spherical objects in MRI
Susceptibility and size quantification of small human veins from an MRI method
A quantitative study of susceptibility and additional frequency shift of three common materials in MRI
Quantifications of in vivo labeled stem cells based on measurements of magnetic moments
16 Oct QCD in extreme: relativistic nuclear collisions Professor Voloshin Global Λ hyperon polarization in nuclear collisions: evidence for the most vortical fluid
Azimuthally differential pion femtoscopy in Pb-Pb collisions at √sNN=2.76 TeV
Chiral Magnetic and Vortical Effects in High-Energy Nuclear Collisions --- A Status Report
Testing the Chiral Magnetic Effect with Central U+U collisions
Collective phenomena in non-central nuclear collisions
23 Oct From Spintronics to Topotronics: A Look into the Future of Information Technologies Professor Matos Abiague SEMICONDUCTOR SPINTRONICS
Two-dimensional van der Waals Materials
The Quantum Spin Hall Effect and Topological Insulators
Topological Quantum Computation
Strange Phenomena in Matter’s Flatlands
Topological Phase Transitions and Topological Phases of Matter
30 Oct Nuclear Microscopy- A unique qualitative and quantitative tool to study surfaces and interfaces Professor Padmanabhan In situ interface analysis by ion backscattering/channeling technique using a thin window cell
Ion implantation and ion beam analysis of MOD deposited oxide films
Electrochemical properties of V2O5 thin films deposited by spin coating
Ferromagnetism in CuO–ZnO multilayers
The effect of titanium on the lithium intercalation capacity of V2O5 thin films
Strong plasmon absorption in InN thin films
6 Nov How to Make Millions in Particle Physics Professor Harr Measurement of the sum of WW and WZ production with W+dijet events in pp collisions at sqrt(s) = 7 TeV
Measurement of the WZ production cross section in pp collisions at sqrt{s} = 7 and 8 TeV and search for anomalous triple gauge couplings at sqrt{s} = 8 TeV
13 Nov Probing the hottest matter ever made Professor Majumder Hard Probes: After the dust has settled!
The Hot QCD White Paper: Exploring the Phases of QCD at RHIC and the LHC
Jet modification in the next decade: a pedestrian outlook
20 Nov Canceled - -
27 Nov Perspectives on Electron Correlation, Topological Insulators, and Emerging 2D Materials Professor J. Huang Topological Insulators
Ordering, metastability and phase transitions in two-dimensional systems
Electronic properties of two-dimensional systems
Spin-Orbit Coupling Effects in Two-Dimensional Electron and Hole Systems
4 Dec Nanoscale Membrane Curvature Revealed by Polarized Localization Microscopy Professor Kelly Membrane curvature at a glance
Membrane curvature bends the laws of physics and chemistry
A physicist’s view of the role of lipids in membrane curvature and fission
11 Dec The Future of Particle Physics: The Higgs, Dark Matter & the LHC Professor Shah Impersonating the Standard Model Higgs Boson: Alignment without Decoupling
Complementarity Between Non-Standard Higgs Searches and Precision Higgs Measurements in the MSSM
On the Alignment Limit of the NMSSM Higgs Sector
NMSSM Interpretation of the Galactic Center Excess
MSSM A-funnel and the Galactic Center Excess: Prospects for the LHC and Direct Detection Experiments