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Information for Prospective Department of Physics and Astronomy Graduate Students

Thank you for your interest in our graduate program in physics and astronomy. Graduate students play an integral role in developing and advancing our research endeavors, our teaching activities, and our public outreach efforts.  Our graduate students also enjoy shared governance in our department, and serve on major departmental committees and faculty search committees.  Our GPSI graduate-student group serves as an effective organization to represent the needs, concerns, and activities of our graduate students both within our department and within the broader University. 

You will find details about our program below, and details about how to apply and frequently asked questions in the links to the left.

Xinyu Dai
Chair, Graduate Recruiting and Selection Committee
July 2022

  • Astrophysics and Cosmology: supernovae, cosmology, extragalactic astronomy, nucleosynthesis, observational astronomy, exoplanets, disk/planetary dynamics, star formation
  • Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics: ultracold atoms and molecules, quantum devices, quantum optics, matter waves, scattering, dimensional perturbation theory, precision spectroscopy, quantum information and entanglement
  • Condensed Matter Physics: nanostructures, scanning probe microscopy, semiconductor quantum wells, quantum materials, correlated electrons, topological materials, nano/microelectronic devices, photovoltaics, materials science
  • High Energy Particle Physics: dark matter, standard model measurements, particle cosmology, Higgs boson studies, ATLAS detector development at CERN, quantum field theory, supersymmetric searches