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The Department of Physics has active research groups in nine main areas of current physics research: atomic, molecular, and optical physics; classical physics; nuclear physics; statistical mechanics and thermodynamics; plasma physics; high energy-density science; condensed matter physics; nonlinear dynamics; relativity and cosmology; and elementary particle physics. In most of these fields, both experimental and theoretical work is in progress. For more information about our research centers and affiliated faculty, please review the Department website found here.

The department operates several experimental and laboratory facilities, machine shop, student workshop, and low-temperature and high-vacuum shop.  Students also have access to excellent computer and library facilities.