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.
Department of Physics & Astronomy Seeks Assistant Professor in Astronomy and Astrophysics
September 1, 2015 - The Department of Physics & Astronomy invites applications for a tenure-line Assistant Professor in Astronomy & Astrophyiscs. See here for complete application instructions and a description of the position.
James Sauls Named Visiting Scholar at Institute for Materials Science, LANL
September 30, 2015 - James Sauls is named Visitng Scholar of the Institute for Materials Science at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Prof. Sauls wil deliver lectures on frontiers in hybrid quantum materials and devices, and on electrodynamics of topological superconductors at Los Alamos.
CIERA Director Vicky Kalogera to Join
National Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics
September 25, 2015 - CIERA Director Vicky Kalogera has accepted an invitation to serve on the Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics (CAA) of the National Research Council. The CAA’s purpose is to support scientific progress in astronomy and astrophysics and assist the federal government in integrating and planning programs in these fields. It is a joint committee of the Space Studies Board and the Board on Physics and Astronomy under the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, D.C.
Faucher-Giguère's Work on Galactic Evolution Featured in Northwestern Discover Research at Northwestern
Department of Physics & Astronomy Seeks Assistant Professor in Condensed Matter Physics
September 14, 2015 - The Department of Physics & Astronomy invites applications for a tenure-line Assistant Professor in Condensed Matter Physics. See here for complete application instructions and a description of the position.
Shane Larson Elected APS Fellow
October 7, 2015 - Shane Larson, Research Associate Professor and Astronomer at Adler Planetarium, has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society. His citation commends him for "Impacting science and society through the integration of public engagement and research, and for empowering generations of future scientists by his example."
Jens Koch Lectures at the Center for Quantum Technology and the Kavli Institute
September 30, 2015 - Jens Koch co-organized and lectured at the international research workshop "Nonequilibrium physics of driven-dissipative many-body systems," hosted by the Center for Quantum Technology at the University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, 21-25 September, 2015. Prof. Koch is also an invited lecturer at the workshop "Many-body physics with light," hosted by the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
1700 People Attend Rooftop Viewing of Lunar Eclipse
September 29, 2015 - In the largest public viewing event hosted by CIERA, 1700 students, faculty, staff, and community members attended a viewing of the total lunar on September 27. The eclipse was especially noteable because it occurred during a time the moon was a supermoon. The Northwestern Newscenter and The Daily Northwestern both reported on the event.