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.
Physics & Astronomy Welcomes Gerald Gabrielse
November 17, 2015 - Prof. Gerald Gabrielse, a former chair of the Harvard Physics Department, is coming to Northwestern to found and direct a Center for Fundamental Physics at Low Energy (CFP). A member of the National Academy of Sciences, Gabrielse is world renowened for his high-precision tests of the Standard Model and its fundamental symmetries, and for starting low energy antiproton and antihydrogen physics. The Department of Physics & Astronomy is excited that the Gabrielse group and the CFP will add low energy particle physics done using novel methods from atomic, molecular, and optical physics to the many cutting edge research opportunities offered to its graduate students and postdocs. Gabrielse has prestigious awards for both his research and his teaching, and will be the department's first Board of Trustees Professor. More details are in the Northwestern Newcenter press release.
Department of Physics & Astronomy Seeks Assistant Professor of Instruction
October 20, 2015 - The Department of Physics & Astronomy invites applications for an assistant professor of instruction. See here for complete application instructions and a description of the position.
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.
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.
Prof. Adilson Motter Elected to the AAAS
November 23, 2015 - Prof. Adilson Motter has been elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Prof. Motter was chosen for his distinguished contributions to the fields of complex systems and nonlinear dynamics, particularly for advances in the network modeling and control of collective dynamics in complex physical and biophysical systems. Read more from the Northwestern Newscenter.
James Sauls and Erik Luijten Appointed Co-directors of Graduate Program in Applied Physics
November 6, 2015 - James Sauls and Erik Luijten will direct the Applied Physics Ph.D. program, a collaboration between WCAS and McCormick including departments of Physics & Astronomy, Chemistry, Earth & Planetary Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and computer Science, and Materials Science & Engineering. There are currently 41 students in the program.
Vicky Kalogera Elected to LSSTC Executive Board
November 5, 2015 - Prof. Vicky Kalogera has been elected to the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Corporation’s (LSSTC) Executive Board of Directors. In this capacity, Dr. Kalogera will participate in the oversight and administration of the Corporation.
Learn about the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope.