Welcome to Arizona State University’s Department of Physics. We are focused on providing our students with a  high-quality education along with leading the following research areas:

Biophysics

We bridge biology and physics and work at the interface with chemistry, engineering, computational sciences and nanotechnology. You will be part of one of the largest biophysics groups within a single department in the U.S., which provides a critical mass for vibrant intellectual exchanges, seminars and multiple opportunities for diverse research projects. Multiple nationally recognized centers and many faculty from other schools are affiliated with us and contribute to our broad range of expertise, encompassing both experimental, theoretical and computational groups.

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Cosmology

Research in Cosmology at ASU covers the entire history of the universe, all the way from the quantum gravity epoch at the big bang, through the particle physics phase, to atomic nuclei, then to atoms, stars, galaxies and ultimately the large-scale structure. A major focus of the group is to connect the particle physics universe to present day observables and to understand the transition from linear physics to the non-linear regime during the formation of structures through observational techniques.  

Nanoscale and Material Physics

A “critical mass” of expertise and facilities is essential to address the problems posed by materials physics. ASU is one of the few institutions worldwide where such interdisciplinary critical mass has been achieved, with more than 100 faculty members scattered across departments and colleges working together on diverse materials physics projects. Large-scale facilities for materials synthesis, nano-fabrication, ion-beam scattering, electron-microscopy, diffraction-physics, optical spectroscopy and supercomputing are available on campus. In particular, ASU is the world’s leading university in the field of sub-angstrom resolution electron microscopy. Students find that most materials science facilities they need to pursue their research are available on campus and that each of these facilities are used by other students and faculty members who can provide the key insights to advance any project. 

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