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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.

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Prof. Nathaniel Stern Profiled in Centerpiece

November 24, 2014 - Prof. Nathaniel Stern spoke to Centerpiece recently about his research with two-dimensional molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), and the role physicists play in developing innovative materials.

Read the full article here.



Inauguration of the Institute of Cosmology and Physics

November 10, 2014 - Congratulations to Prof. Mayda Velasco, Director of the new Institute of Cosmology and Physics (COFI), on the institute's successful inauguration!  The event began on November second with a dinner and address by Nobel Laureate, Adam Riess.  About 100 people attended the dinner, with 40% of the attendees traveling from abroad.  The inauguration continued the next day with a public lecture by Riess at the University of Puerto Rico, attended by over 1000 people. 

Welcome to Our First Class of Master's Students!

November 14, 2014 - Three students joined us in September as our first class of Master's students.  The department welcomes our new group and looks forward to their work here at Northwestern.


Prof. Ketterson Publishes New Book on Superfluids

November 7, 2014 - The second volume of Prof. Ketterson's edited book, "Novel Superfluids," will be published on November 27th. 

Read more about the book here.




November 24, 2014