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Physics, MS

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Department of Physics

Science Building 112
(216) 687-2425

Michael Gates, Interim Chair
James Lock, Graduate Program Director

Areas of Study

Optics and Materials
Medical Physics
Optics and Medical Imaging


Currently, there is tremendous growth in optics, condensed matter, and medical physics caused by rapid developments in the fields of superconductivity, electro optic materials, optical, acoustical, and NMR imaging, semiconductor devices, tomography, holography, and image-processing. The Physics Department of Cleveland State University offers an MS degree in physics, with emphasis on optics and condensed matter physics, or on medical physics, designed for applied scientists and engineers who wish to develop competence in these rapidly advancing fields. In 2005, the American Physical Society classified the Master of Science in Physics program at Cleveland State in the “strongest professional master’s degree program” category.

Current Research

Macromolecular Crystallography X-Ray studies of crystallized biologically and chemically interesting molecules, for designing molecules with specific biological activities for developing drugs.

Experimental Solid-State Physics Current topics in the electronic properties and possible applications of novel materials include intercalated graphite fibers, conductor-insulator composites, and thin-film materials. Most measurements involve low-temperature and/or high-pressure techniques.

Experimental Optics Laser spectroscopy is being used to study diffusional processes. Presently, aggregation processes that result in the formation of fractal aggregates and phase transitions in liquid mixtures and micro emulsions are under investigation.The optical properties of various polymer materials also are being studied using laser techniques.

Optoelectronics Investigation of basic physics and applications of transparent electronic materials.

Theoretical Optics Mie-scattering calculations presently are being undertaken on artificially produced and natural aerosols for the purpose of understanding a number of atmospheric and basic scattering phenomena.The structure of optical caustics produced by liquid droplet lenses also is being investigated, both experimentally and theoretically.

Statistical Physics Phase transitions in liquid mixtures, glasses, polymers, superconductors, and magnets are being studied by applying modern techniques such as the renormalization group. Statistical physics methods are applied to cognitive science, health sciences, and polymer processing.

Current faculty information can be located on the Cleveland State University Faculty Profile page.

Admission Information

To be considered for admission to the Master’s program in Physics with a Specialization in Optics/Materials or Optics/Medical Imaging, students must meet College of Graduate Studies  requirements for admission (see the Admission section of this Catalog) and have an undergraduate degree in physics, mathematics, engineering, or an allied field.

Students with deficient backgrounds are required to register for additional courses to remove deficiencies. To be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Physics with a Specialization in Medical Physics, applicants must meet College of Graduate Studies admission requirements and hold an undergraduate degree in physics, chemistry, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, or nuclear engineering. All students applying for the MS in Physics program with a Specialization in Medical Physics must take the GRE general examination, verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing. Students whose undergraduate training was not in the United States and whose native language is other than English must also take the TOEFL examination and score above 600 (paper version) and the Test for Spoken English (TSE) and score above 300. All applications must be received by April 1.

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Undergraduate Deficiencies:

For students applying to the Medical Physics program, the following courses must be taken if there are deficiencies in the applicant’s undergraduate preparation: PHY 330 Introduction to Modern Physics PHY 350 Electricity and Magnetism PHY 360 Electronics Laboratory PHY 474 Thermal Physics BIO 266 Human Anatomy and Physiology BIO 267 Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory

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