Department of Physics & Astronomy
Welcome to the Department of Physics & Astronomy
Physics and astronomy explores the behavior and structure of matter and energy at all levels to help describe our world and the universe. Physics has helped us contemplate the origins of the universe and develop new products and technologies that meet human needs. The fundamental laws of physics find application in almost every branch of science, engineering and technology.
The Department has active research programs in Astronomy/Astrophysics, Condensed Matter Physics, High-energy Physics, Nuclear Physics, and Biophysics. Our high-energy physics, particle astrophysics and nuclear physics groups are involved in experiments which recreate the conditions of the early universe and help explain how it has evolved. In providing instruction in classical and modern physics, we cover such areas as mechanics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, introductory modern physics, and quantum mechanics.
The Department of Physics & Astronomy is pleased to announce the Faculty Cluster in Computational and Theoretical Physics.
We are excited to welcome Dr. Thomas Iadecola to our department. He received his PhD from Boston University under the supervision of Prof. Claudio Chamon in 2017. He has been a JQI Theoretical Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Maryland, College Park from 2017 - present. Tom works on a variety of topics in quantum condensed matter theory, with special emphasis on out-of-equilibrium quantum systems and topological states of matter. On the nonequilibrium side, he studies properties of highly-excited many-body states and the surprising phenomena they harbor that challenge deeply ingrained intuition based on quantum statistical mechanics. On the topological side, he focuses on states of matter whose properties cannot be understood within the traditional paradigm of spontaneous symmetry breaking, and which could enable the robust storage and manipulation of quantum information.
|We are excited to welcome Dr. Srimoyee Sen in our department. She received her PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park under the supervision of Prof. Paulo Bedaque in 2015. She was a postdoctoral research associate at University of Arizona in 2015-2017 and is currently a postdoctoral research associate at the Institute for Nuclear Theory at the University of Washington. Srimoyee is exploring quantum phase transitions in dense QCD. Her research ties together modern ideas of topological phase transitions in condensed matter physics with that of nuclear and particle physics. She has expertise in lattice QCD, effective ﬁeld theory, neutrino and nuclear astrophysics and the QCD phase diagram.|
We are excited to welcome Dr. Jacob Simon to the Physics and Astronomy Department. He received his Ph.D. in Astrophysics at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville under the supervision of Prof. John Hawley in 2010. He then became a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA) from 2010 to 2013, a NASA Sagan Fellow at the Southwest Research Institute from 2013 to 2016, and he is currently a Senior Research Associate at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Dr. Simon is a computational astrophysicist applying high performance computing techniques to the problems of turbulence and accretion in protoplanetary disks, to understand how the Solar System and planetary systems around other stars form and evolve.