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As a student in the physics program, you’ll have the opportunity to conduct research alongside and learn from award-winning professors in renowned research centers.

Numerous research opportunities exist for undegraduate students, both inside and outside of the regular classes. For example, in Advanced Laboratory class (Phys 3119/3129) students pursue semester-long research projects. Past projects include construction of the radiotelescope, operation of the ion rocket boosters, atomic resolution electron microscope, and even nuclear fusion. Undergraduate students are also encouraged to be involved in research under the guidance of the faculty members.

Dr. Marco Cavaglia, professor of physics, is a lead researcher in the LIGO Scientific Collaboration that made the first direct observation of gravitational waves from a pair of coalescing black holes in 2015. Three LIGO key players, Rainer Weiss, Kip S. Thorne and Barry C. Barish, were awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics for their contributions to the development of the LIGO detector and this observation. For over a decade, Cavaglia has been working with his LSC colleagues in the areas of LIGO detector characterization, gravitational-wave data analysis and multi-messenger astrophysics that were critical for the LIGO detections of the gravitational wave signals.

 

Atomic physics

Atomic physics is a long-standing active field of study in our department. It is focused on both experimental and theoretical studies of the fundamental aspects of quantum mechanics by investigating systems which consist of just a hand-full of atoms. Learn more... 

Condensed matter physics

Condensed matter physics addresses the behaviour of the large collection of atoms. Particular areas of interest include quantum phase transitions, topological insulators, electronic, thermal and mechanical properties of advanced materials. Learn more...

Cloud and atmospheric physics

Our cloud and atmospheric physics group can offer research opportunities in both fundamental science as well as industrial applications. Aircraft emission measurements often require students to travel abroad in order to carry out corresponding measurements, adding an element of excitement to a very interesting field of research. Learn more...

Astrophysics

Astrophysics is the latest addition to our department's research areas. The goal of astrophysics is to answer fundamental questions about our universe through observations of celestial phenomena and theoretical investigations. Research at S&T focuses on multi-messenger astrophysics and observational cosmology.  Learn more... 

Cloud and atmospheric physics

Our cloud and atmospheric physics group can offer research opportunities in both fundamental science as well as industrial applications. Aircraft emission measurements often require students to travel abroad in order to carry out corresponding measurements, adding an element of excitement to a very interesting field of research. Learn more...

Cloud and atmospheric physics