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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.

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James Sauls Guest Lecturer at University of St. Andrews, University of Edinburgh, and The Royal Society

Prof. Sauls served as the "Distinguished Lecturer of the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance" for the month of March.  He guest lectured at the Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics on spontaneous symmentry breaking and the detection of Anderson-Higgs modes in superfluid Helium.  He also spoke at the Royal Society on Majorana fermions in toplogical superfluids.


Assistant Professor Yoram Lithwick Awarded NSF CAREER Award

March 14, 2014 - Yoram Lithwick's proposal "Planet Formation in the Age of Kepler" has been awarded an NSF CAREER award, the Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of young faculty.

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Mark Kokish Receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

MarkMark Kokish, student of Brian Odom and Tamar Seideman, received a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for his proposal to demonstrate experimentally the use of near-resonant light to monitor the orientation of trapped molecules, down to the single-molecule level  The fellowship provides full support for three years.

Mike Smutko Presents Study on the Effect of Technology in the Classroom

Mike Smutko spoke with Northwestern Magazine about the results of the study he and Psychology professor Sara Broaders have conducted on the effects of different note-taking technologies on students' performance.  Smutko and Broaders have shown that students who take notes with only a pencil and paper significantly outperformed students taking notes on a laptop or attempting to multitask.

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April 10, 2014