U.S. Department of Energy - Young Investigator Award
UC Davis Honorees
Physicist Steven Carlip studies the endeavor to combine general relativity and quantum mechanics into a consistent quantum theory of gravity, looking "for windows into quantum gravity, relatively simple settings, models, and approximations that may offer insights without requiring a complete theory."
Ricardo Castro, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and a 2013-14 Chancellor's Fellow, is involved in the study of thermochemistry of nanosintering, or a method for heat processing of nano particles, and the applications of such nanomaterials.
Physicist Hsin-Chia Cheng's research activities are in the area of theoretical particle physics, chiefly in physics beyond the standard model. He examines models related to the origin of the electroweak symmetry breaking, including supersymmetric theories, theories with extra dimensions, little Higgs theories and others.
Robin Erbacher of the Department of Physics is interested in experimental high energy particle physics, including top quark physics, searches for new particles and phenomena and particle detector development.
Professor Emeritus Joseph Kiskis's areas of research include elementary particle physics, quantum field theory, high energy theory and lattice guage theory. He also held Sloan and NSF fellowships among others.