Physics research underlies the progress in almost every area of science, from chemistry to biology to electronics to medicine, and physicists defined the html code for the Internet as we know it. You want to see tumors in your body, try tools from physics. You want to see better, try laser surgery using the math that we astronomers invented to see better on the ground and in space. You want to see oil reserves underground, use sound waves and the math that physicists invented.

Then of course there is the cultural benefit of understanding who we are and where we could go if we try.

-- Dr. John C. Mather, 2006 Nobel Laureate in Physics

Faculty Research Areas

Astronomy & Astrophysics Biological
Condensed-Matter Physics Optics and Photonics Quantum Information Science Subatomic
Other Areas
Adaptive Optics and Interferometry

Cosmic Radiation


Extragalactic Astronomy

Galactic Astronomy

Neutrino Astronomy and Supernova Physics

Radio Astronomy

Biomedical Imaging

Cell and Membrane Imaging

Complexity in Biological/
Ecological Systems

Experimental Single-Molecule Biophysics

Molecular Biophysics Theory and Modeling

Theoretical Biology

Theory of the Spread of Epidemics

Chemical and Molecular Physics

Low-temp. Physics/Critical Phenomena

Materials Physics

Statistical Mechanics

Surface Physics

Transport and Tunneling Phenomena

Atomic Physics

High-Resolution Spectroscopy and Imaging


Laser Physics and Nonlinear Optics

Quantum Optics

Ultrafast Phenomena

Physics of Information

Quantum Chaos

Quantum Computation

Quantum Measurement and Control

Collider Physics

Dark Matter


Particle Astrophysics

Rare Decays

RHIC Spin Physics

Strangeness Nuclear Physics

Theoretical Particle Physics

Basic Physics

Complex Networks and Social Phenomena


Quantum Theory of Open Systems


Theoretical Ecology and Spread of Epidemics