Welcome to the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Northwestern University
Physics explains the natural world in the most universal manner possible. Physicists look for the hidden symmetries that underlie and govern the multitude of phenomena in the world around us. Our department has active research programs in areas ranging from theoretical astrophysics and observational astronomy to complex systems, condensed matter physics, atomic, molecular and optical physics, and high-energy physics.
Prof. Claudé-Andre Faucher-Giguère's Research Sheds Light on Star Formation
January 28, 2016 - Using observations by the Hubble Space Telescope, an international research team, Claude-André Faucher-Giguère, Aaron Geller from CIERA, and astronomers from the Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, has for the first time found young populations of stars within globular clusters that have apparently developed courtesy of star-forming gas flowing in from outside of the clusters themselves. The study is published in the January 28 issue of Nature and featured at the Northwestern News Center.
Physics & Astronomy Welcomes Gerald Gabrielse
November 17, 2015 - Prof. Gerald Gabrielse, a former chair of the Harvard Physics Department, is coming to Northwestern to found and direct a Center for Fundamental Physics at Low Energy (CFP). A member of the National Academy of Sciences, Gabrielse is world renowened for his high-precision tests of the Standard Model and its fundamental symmetries, and for starting low energy antiproton and antihydrogen physics. The Department of Physics & Astronomy is excited that the Gabrielse group and the CFP will add low energy particle physics done using novel methods from atomic, molecular, and optical physics to the many cutting edge research opportunities offered to its graduate students and postdocs. Gabrielse has prestigious awards for both his research and his teaching, and will be the department's first Board of Trustees Professor. More details are in the Northwestern Newcenter press release.
Rebecca Diesing Accepted to Undergraduate Summer Research Program at CERN
February 1, 2016 - Physics major Rebecca Diesing was accepted to the University of Michigan's REU program at CERN. Diesing was nominated by Prof. Mayda Velasco.
Prof. Prem Kumar Named DARPA Program Manager of the Year
December 15, 2015 - Prof. Prem Kumar was recognized last week as DARPA's 2015 Program Manager of the Year.
Alumnus Koichiro Nishikawa Awarded Fundamental Physics Breakthrough Prize
December 10, 2016 - Dr. Koichiro Nishikawa has received a Fundamental Physics Breakthrough Award for "fundamental discovery and exploration of neutrino oscillations, revealing a new frontier beyond...the standard model of particle physics." Dr. Nishikawa received his Ph.D. in 1980, working with Prof. David Buchholz.
Three Faculty Named on ASG Faculty Honor Roll
December 3, 2015 - Congratulations to Deborah Brown, Giles Novak, and Andrew Rivers for recognition as outstanding teachers by the Northwestern Associated Student Government. They have been named on the 2015-16 Faculty Honor Roll!