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Faculty Members and Research Areas

Ceyhun Bulutay

Theoretical semiconductor physics, semiconductor quantum optics and nano-NMR. More…

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CB-researchBulutay et al. Phys. Rev. B 90, 205425 (2014)

Şahin Büyükdağlı

Statistical physics of charged and polar liquids, ion channels, electrostatics of polymer translocation, statistical physics of DNA melting, critical phenomena, biophysical modelling. More…


S. Buyukdagli and T. Ala-Nissila,  Langmuir 30,
12907 (2014)

Salim Çıracı

Nanomaterials, nanodevices, Hydrogen storage, Surface physics, electronic structures of solids, electron systems of lower dimensionality, mesoscopic physics, scanning tunneling and atomic force microscopy, chemisorption theory, metalization, strained semiconductor superlattices. More…

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C. Ataca, H. Şahin and S. Çıracı, J. Phys. Chem. C, 116 (16), 8983–8999 (2012).

Hilmi Volkan Demir

Light-emitting diodes (LEDs), photovoltaics (PV), semiconductor nanocrystal optoelectronics, energy transfer driven devices and sensors, nanoparticles/nanocomposites, nanophotonics, RF sensing bioimplants and medical devices. More…

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Group Web Site

H.V. Demir et al., NanoToday, 6(6), 632–647(2011).

Atilla Erçelebi

Polarons, electron-phonon interactions, excitons, low dimensional quantum well-heterostructure-type semiconducting systems. More…

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R.T. Senger et al., European Physical J. B, vol. 78, 525-529 (2010).

Oğuz Gülseren

Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics, Nanoscience, Graphene, Solar cells, Plasmonics, Metal nanowires, carbon nanotubes, electronic structure of solids, material properties from first principles. More…

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D. Çakır et al., J. Phys. Chem. C, 115 (18), 9220–9226 (2011).

Balazs Hetényi

Condensed Matter Physics, Statistical Physics, Metal-Insulator Transistors More…

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A. F. Albuquerque et al., Phys. Rev. B 84, 024406 (2011).

F. Ömer İlday

Laser physics and engineering: High-power and high-energy ultrafast fiber laser development.

Laser-material interactions: Biomedical and neuroscience applications, ultrafast tissue processing, functional surface modifications, subsurface pattern formation of semiconductors for device applications, nanophotonics applications

Nonlinear and stochastic systems: Dynamic and static self-assembled nano- and micro-structures, nonlinear and stochastic dynamics arising in lasers and laser-material interactions. More…

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Research Group Website 

S. Yavaş et al., Biomed. Opt. Express 3, 605-611 (2012).

Coşkun Kocabaş

Synthesis of nano-materials and their applications, macroelectronics thin-film technology, nanophotonics, single molecule physics, microfluidics. More…

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Xiao et al., Nano Lett., 9(12), 4311–4319 (2009).

Sebastian Wüster

Ultracold gases, complex systems, quantum simulation, energy transport, Rydberg atoms, Bose-Einstein condensates. More…

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M. Özgür Oktel

Bose-Einstein condensation, Spinor Quantum Gases, Optical properties of Atomic Gases, One dimensional quantum fluids. More…

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F. Yılmaz, F. Nur Ünal, and M. Ö. Oktel, Phys. Rev. A 91, 063628 (2015).

Ekmel Özbay

Metamaterials and left-handed materials, photonic band gap materials, GaN based nanophotonic devices, high speed optoelectronic devices, high performance semiconductor laser diode, GaN MOCVD epitaxial growth, physics and applications of nanostructures, micro electro-mechanical devices, ultrafast phenomena, quantum optics. More…

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K.B. Alici et al., J of Electromagnetic Waves and Appl., 24, 1183-1193 (2010).

Bilal Tanatar

Theory of quantum solids and liquids, low dimensional electron systems, computational physics. More…

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V. Moldoveanu and B. Tanatar, Phys. Rev. B 81, 035326 (2010).

Giovanni Volpe

Optical manipulation, plasmonics, Raman spectroscopy, biophotonics, cylindrical vector beams, fiber optics, soft matter, statistical physics. More…

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G. Volpe et al., Soft Matter, 7, 8810-8815 (2011).

Cemal Yalabık

Statistical mechanics: dynamics of phase transitions and critical phenomena, quantum mechanical simulation of electronic devices. More…

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C. Yalabik, Modern Physics Letters B, 20(18), 1099-1106 (2006)

About Bilkent

Bilkent University is a contemporary center of excellence in higher education and research, beautifully located at the fringe of Ankara, in the Anatolian heartland of the Republic of Turkey. Faculty members received their Ph.D.s mostly from prominent universities in North America, Europe and home. Research and publication standarts are very high, and there are many international cooperations. Research facilities, such as specialized books, electronic and printed journals and achive, CD-ROMs and similar media, a fully computerized library seach system, etc., are excellent and up-to-date. Bilkent University follows the US academic model, and the language of all education and research is English. The potential candidates are encouraged to examine the university homepage pointed above.

The Department of Physics aims to be a center of excellence in research and education. The undergraduate classes are typically limited by 20 students/class. The national students are selected from those who are willing to go into natural sciences based on a competitive national entrance exam. All Turkish and international students in the Department of Physics in particular and in the Faculty of Science in general are offered university scholarships based on the credentials of the successful applicants.

Graduate Program in Physics

The graduate entrance is competitive and the scholarships include

  • tuition waiver,
  • free accomodation on campus housing units,
  • a monthly stipend based on the requirements of graduate assistantship,
  • health insurance.

Our graduated students pursue research and find jobs at top ranked research institutions world-wide.

The graduate program in Physics emphasizes research in various fields of condensed matter physics, in relation to the rapidly developing high technology fields. Presently, research is in progress in the theoretical and experimental study of tunneling, physics of electrons in lower dimensional systems, high temperature superconductivity, statistical mechanics, properties of new materials, fabrication and theoretical analysis of new devices, ultrafast photonics and ultrafast phenomena, statistical models, integrated optics, microfluidics, carbon based nanostructures including carbon nanotubes, graphene etc., soft matters and micro swimmers.

M.S. and Ph.D. candidates (of all nationalities) can apply twice a year (for the Fall and Spring semester beginning in September and February respectively), upon sending a filled-in form, official transcripts, scientific proficiency test scores (such as GRE general & subject tests, or a local exam to sit ), English proficiency test scores (such as TOEFL, TSE, TWE, or a local exam to sit, except for native speakers), and two letters of recommendation. Successful applicants are offered free tuition, free on-campus housing, and a handsome monthly stipend (enough for comfortable life according to the local life standarts) for teaching assistantship duties.

The M.S. (resp. Ph.D.) is usually obtained in 2 (resp. 4) years, with 8 course requirements (usually in the first year of M.S. and Ph.D) which can be arranged from the advanced fundamental physics coursework and more advanced special topics. Following the course work, the student must work on his/her M.S. thesis or Ph.D. dissertation requirements along the department’s research interests. Candidate Ph.D. students must have an M.S. (or equivalent) degree, and have to pass a qualifying exam during the course of their studies. Applications for those students who wish to transfer from other institutions to Bilkent Physics are subject to the same conditions as direct applications. Depending on the success on the student on fundamental topics those previous courses which have been successfully completed can be credited within Bilkent Physics course requirements.

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