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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. Sara Solla Named APS Fellow

December 17, 2014 - Prof. Sara Solla was recently named a 2014 fellow of the American Physical Society.  Her citation is for "applications of statistical physics to problems concerning learning, adaptation, and information coding in neural systems."

Read about all the 2014 APS fellows here.


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.


Prof. David Schwab's Work Featured in Quanta Magazine

December 8, 2014 - Prof. David Schwab's work on computer learning was recently featured in Quanta Magazine.

Read the full article here.



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.


December 17, 2014