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.
Motter Group to Host Network Frontier Workshop
The Network Frontier Workshop 2015 is a two-day event highlighting current research on network dynamics. Presentations will emphasize physical principles underlying control and collective behavior in networks of dynamical systems, as well as network problems in biological, ecological, social, and physical systems. The application form is available here.
Mel Ulmer and Hooman Mohseni awarded Keck Foundation Grant
July 10, 2015 - Prof. Mel Ulmer and Prof. Hooman Mohseni, along with external collaborator Olivier Guyon of the Subaru Telescope, have been awarded a $1 million grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation. The team will develop a fast, ultra-sensitive camera that could be the first to directly image light reflected by planets outside our solar system and help scientists in their search for life on Earth-like exoplanets.
Read more at the Northwestern Newscenter.
Faucher-Giguère's Work on Galactic Evolution Featured in Northwestern Discover Research at Northwestern
Fred Rasio and Carl Rodriguez Predict Detection of More Merging Black Holes than Previously Thought
July 29, 2015 - Colliding black holes release energy as gravitational waves, a phenomenon that will soon be observable when the the first gravitational wave detectors come online. In a study published in Physical Review Letters this week, Prof. Fred Rasio and graduate student Carl Rodriguez predict that the number of merging black holes will be greater than previously thought.
Read more at the Northwestern Newscenter