Graduate Students in the High-Energy-Density Physics Theory Group

Maitrayee Ghosh

Maitrayee Ghosh

Chemistry Department

Maitrayee was awarded the Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Chemistry from the University of Calcutta, India in 2014. In the very same year, she moved to the Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar, India to pursue a Master of Science in Chemistry. Her Masters' research work involved the theoretical study of electronic transition using semiclassical dynamical methods. After graduation, she was appointed as a Junior Research Fellow (JRF) in the DST-SERB project, Government of India at the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, India. As a JRF, she studied the pseudo Jahn–Teller effect in 2-D materials, viz. silicene, germanene, and stanene. In 2017, Maitrayee joined LLE as a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemistry. Her research interests in Dr. Suxing Hu's group primarily revolves around studying ultrafast dynamics in the attosecond regime and the investigation of the chemistry of the core electrons under high pressure.

Project Title: High-Pressure Chemistry: How Hydrocarbons Behave Under Compression

Publications & Preprints: M. Ghosh and S. X. Hu, "Diamond Formation in Compressed Polystyrene up to ~500 GPa Pressures,"" to be submitted to the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters.

Josh Hinz

Josh Hinz

Physics Department

Josh is A Ph.D. student in the Physics Department at the University of Rochester and is from Oswego, NY. In 2016 Josh completed a B.S. in physics at Buffalo State College as well as a minor in mathematics. His interest in statistics as well as quantum mechanics drew him to the HEDP Theory group in 2017 where he works with Dr. Valentin Karasiev and Dr. Suxing Hu on high-energy-density physics studies.

Project Title: A Machine Learning Approach for Finite Temperature Density Functional Theory Calculations

Publications & Preprints: J. Hinz et al., "Examining the Insulator-to-Metal Transition in Warm Dense Hydrogen by Density Functional Theory with Advanced Exchange-Correlation Functionals," to be submitted to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

Brenda McLellan

Brenda McLellan

Physics Department

Brenda is a Ph.D. student in the Physics Department at the University of Rochester from Las Vegas, NV. In 2015 Brenda completed a B.S. in Physics and Mathematics at New York University. Brenda joined the HEDP Theory group at LLE in 2019. She is currently conducting research with Drs. Valentin Karasiev and Dr. Suxing Hu on developing thermal hybrid exchange correlation functionals to accurately predict transport and optical properties of warm dense plasmas.

Reetam Paul

Reetam Paul

Mechanical Engineering Department

Reetam Paul joined the department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Rochester in fall 2016 after graduating in Aerospace Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in 2015. Reetam joined the HEDP Theory group at LLE in fall 2017. His research with Dr. Suxing Hu currently involves using density functional theory to construct high pressure phase diagrams. During his free time, he enjoys charcoal sketching and listening to jazz.

Project Title: First-Principles Construction of High-Pressure Phase Diagrams of Materials

Publications & Preprints: R. Paul, S. X. Hu, and V. V. Karasiev, "Anharmonic and Anomalous Trends in the High-Pressure Phase Diagram of Silicon," Phys. Rev. Lett. 122, 125701 (2019); R. Paul, S. X. Hu, and V. V. Karasiev, “Crystalline Phase Transitions and Vibrational Spectra of Silicon up to Multi-TPa Pressures,” submitted to Physical Review B.


Undergraduate Students in the High-Energy-Density Physics Theory Group

Alexander Belchou

Alexander Belchou

Undergraduate Student from SUNY Genesseo

Alexander Belchou is an undergraduate student studying physics at SUNY Geneseo. Over the summer of 2019 he worked in the High-Energy-Density Physics Theory Group at LLE under Dr. Suxing Hu. Alexander ran ab initio simulations to calculate equation of state data for polystyrene plasma and explored methods to extend the equation-of-state to lower densities and lower temperatures found in shock release conditions. He will graduate with a Bachelor's degree in physics in May of 2020 and plans to enter a Ph.D. program in theoretical physics the following fall.