Why physics? It's the world.

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The subject of physics is the entire world – from the smallest elementary particle to the universe itself, and everything in between. To accomplish the ambitious task of studying physics, students will learn how to design and run experiments, develop theories and simulate nature on computers. To gain hands-on experience, all undergraduates are encouraged to work on a research project under faculty guidance. Critical thinking, problem-solving and programming are examples of the skills you'll learn here and are essential for many careers you might choose to pursue.

Department research

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All graduate students in the department are actively involved in research done by faculty members. Students have a choice among theoretical, computational or experimental, fundamental or applied physics in the areas of Atomic, Condensed Matter and Cloud and Atmospheric physics. Many faculty members are engaged in research collaborations on and off campus and are well recognized nationally and internationally. Five faculty members are distinguished as American Physical Society (APS) fellows. Research efforts are supported by external funding agencies and industrial partners.


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Welcome to our new postdocs, Dr. Luigi Bagolini (with Prof. Julia Medvedeva) and Dr. Martin Puschmann (With Prof. Thomas Vojta)

Dr. Julia Medvedeva, professor of physics, was honored with the 2017 Faculty Excellence Award. Congratulations!


March 15: Colloquium by Duncan Farrah (Virginia Tech) titled "Insights into galaxy assembly from luminous active galactic nuclei in the distant universe"

March 19: Colloquium by Anh Thu Le, (Kansas State) titled "Ultrafast Molecular Imaging with Intense Laser Pulses"

March 22: Colloquium by Daniel Savin (Columbia University) titled "Laboratory astrophysics studies along the cosmic cycle of gas"