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Astrophysics and Cosmology

The members of the Astronomy and Astrophysics group are among the leaders of their chosen areas of research. We are one of the largest astrophysics groups within a physics department in the country. The research conducted in our group is interwoven and dynamic, with six complementary focus areas.


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Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics

Atomic, molecular, and optical (AMO) physics is a rich and active area of fundamental research that has led to the development of powerful quantum devices in the areas of sensing, navigation, and time keeping.


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Center for Quantum Research and Technology (CQRT)

The CQRT is located in Lin Hall, a new state-of-the-art physics building hosting 18,000 square feet of laboratory space that meets NIST-A specifications on vibrations, temperature, humidity, and electromagnetic interference. The center is associated with the Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy at OU, located in Nielsen Hall. The two buildings form the Dodge Physics Complex. For general inquiries about the Center and available positions, please contact


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Condensed Matter Physics

The condensed matter group encompasses semiconductor physics, soft-matter physics, and nanophysics. A major focus of our group is the experimental and theoretical study of highly confined electron systems in artificially structured semiconductors and other low dimensional materials.



Particle Physics

The High Energy Physics (HEP) group consists of four faculty members (Abbott, Guttierrez, SkubicStrauss, and Stupak) who perform experimental research and five faculty members (Baer, Kantowski, KaoMilton and Sinha) who perform theoretical research, as well as several postdoctoral research fellows, and other personnel supporting research including a research scientist, an IT specialist, and an engineer.



Research Facilities

The department has extensive computational resources, a campus observatory and remote access to the Astrophysical Research Consortium.