Experimental Physics 
Biophysics
Contact person: Dr. TPJ Krüger

Laser coherent control of natural and artificial lightharvesting complexes.

Examining molecular mechanisms of photoprotection in desiccation tolerant plants.

Developing photoluminescenceexcitation spectroscopy to investigate molecular mechanisms of photoprotection in single complexes and small ensembles of the main plant lightharvesting complex and plant Photosystem II supercomplexes.

Investigating singlemolecule properties of lightharvesting complexes in environments that strongly reflect their natural environment.

Investigating structurefunction relationships of solubilised lightharvesting complexes by combining singleparticle tracking with other conventional singlemolecule techniques.

Developing optical nanoantennas, a strongly emerging technology with a promising application in nanospectroscopy.

Electronic Materials & Thin Films
Contact person: Prof. FD Auret

Using solgels to form semiconductor thin films. Studying the effect of processing (chemical, annealing, doping) on the microstructural (SEM, AFM) and electrical properties of these films, either on their own or part of a larger structure (Dr J Nel)

Fabrication and characterization of ohmic and Schottky contacts to Si, Ge, GaAs, GaN, SiC, AlGaN, CdTe, semiconductors. 
Electrical characterization of above mentioned semiconductors. 
UV photoresponse characterization of wide bandgap materials. 
Modification of semiconductor properties by particle irradiation. 
Defect characterization in semiconductors by deep level transient spectroscopy (DLTS and high resolution LaplaceDLTS). 
Physics Education Research Group
Contact Person: Dr C Moji

Comparing performance of students from mainstream Physics 1 and extended program Physics 1 as they study together in final semester. 
Lightning and Thunder: Indigenous outlook against scientific perspective. 
Electromagnetic Induction: Fields in “empty spaces”. How freshmen understand the concept. 
Optical Characterization Research
Contact Person: Dr L Prinsloo

Fundamental studies on bisphosphonates used in bone cancer treatment. 
Raman characterization of SiC irradiated with neutrons and irradiated with neutrons. 
Distinguishing between fake and authentic gemstones. 
Studying San rock art, glass trade beads, ostrich egg shells and organic residues in archaeological context. 
The investigation of Ta, Nb, Zr and Hf oxides, fluorides and oxyfluoride. 
Identification of corrosion products on historical metal objects (Archaeology). 
Determining the effect of anticancer extracts on single blood cells through their Raman spectra (Plant Science). 
Characterizing carbonaceous materials through their Raman spectra (Carbon group). 
Determination of the distribution of insecticides on painted surfaces using Raman and FTIR spectroscopy (Institute of Material Science). 

Theoretical Physics 
Theoretical high energy physics
Contact person: Prof. K Zoubos

The Minimal Model/Higher Spin duality: Higher spin black holes and their thermodynamic properties 
Entanglement Entropy in HigherSpin Theory 
Integrability in the AdS/CFT correspondence: Deformations, threepoint functions, nonplanar effects

Holography at Finite Density 
Holographic duals of Chiral Symmetry Breaking 
Generalised geometry 
The pure spinor approach to string theory on RR backgrounds 
Logarithmic CFT and holography 
Theoretical aspects of complex systems
Contact person: Prof. P Selyshchev

Peculiarities of creep temperature dependence in irradiated materials. 
Formation of track structure by swift heavy ion irradiation. 
Condensation of drops in irradiated steam. 
Creep of irradiated metals. 
Radiationinduced growth of second phase in binary alloy. 
Delayed damage of polymer, organic and other complex molecules under and after irradiation. 
Modality of stationary states of irradiated materials. 
Selforganization point defects under irradiation. 
Stochastic effects in crystal under irradiation 
Mathematical Physics
Contact person: Dr. R Duvenhage

Noncommutative ergodic theory and quantum statistical mechanics. 
Quantum groups and their actions. Field theory and string theory on quantum spaces. 
Quantum fewbody theory
Contact person: Prof. S.A. Ratikianski

Dependence of the parameters of quantum resonances on the masses of the particles (BSc ). 
Mutual transformation of the bound and resonant spectral points (Hon). 
Lambdanucleus effectiverange expansion (Hon). 
Powerseries expansion in the complex plane of the angular momentum (MSc). 
Lambdanucleus resonances (MSc). 
Kmeson nucleus resonances (MSc). 
Lowenergy scattering of the J/Ψ particle from light nuclei (MSc).

Shift of the chargecarrier resonances in onedimensional nanostructures due to the spacecharge accumulation (PhD). 
Driven Schrödinger equation for two– and threebody problems (PhD). 
Jost function for twodimensional problems (PhD).

Starkeffect in onedimensional semiconductor nanostructures (PhD).

Nuclear fusion inside molecules (PhD). 
Theoretical and Computational Solid State Physics
Contact person: Prof. N. Chetty

Quantum Mechanical Modeling of Solids 
Computational Physics Research 
Electronic Materials Modellings
Contact person: Dr. WE Meyer

Ab initio modeling of defects in semiconductors using VASP software.
