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.
New Test of the Leggett-Garg Inequality
February 6, 2015 - A thirty year old paper by Anthony Leggett (of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and Anupam Garg continues to challenge experimentalists to find ever more macroscopic manifestations of quantum mechanics. The latest test of the so-called Leggett-Garg inequality shows that Cesium atoms can exist in states with indefinite properties, which while not as drastic as Schrodinger's imagined dead-and-alive cat, are still remarkable.
Read more here.
Department Bids Fond Farewell to Prof. Heidi Schellman
After 24 years in the Department Prof. Heidi Schellman has accepted a position as Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics at Oregon State University. Prof. Schellman chaired the Department from 2010-2014. The move to Oregon brought her to live nearby family members, but she will be missed at Northwestern.
Profs. Motter and Lithwick Featured in the NU Office of Research Report
Read more here [PDF]. You can find Prof. Lithwick on page 42 and Prof. Motter on page 44.
Prof. Mayda Velasco Wins the Dean's Award for Diversity
January 15, 2015 - Prof. Mayda Velasco has been awarded the Graduate School's Dean's Award for Diversity. The award recognizes Prof. Velasco's strong impact on the Graduate School's aim to become a national leader in diversifying our population of enrolled students, as well as fostering best practices for recruiting, retaining, and encouraging the success of underrepresented minority students.