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 Outreach at the AAAS Family Science Days
February 17, 2014 - Members of our department showcased a variety of Physics demonstrations over the weekend at the Family Science Days hosted in downtown Chicago by the AAAS. These demonstrations were, in part, sponsored by Prof. Jens Koch's NSF CAREER grant.
Physics Review B Features Research from the Sauls Lab
January 28, 2014 - Research from Prof. Jim Sauls's lab was featured via Kaleidoscope for the front page of the website of Physical Review B. The image above is a computer simulation of the atomic structure of ultra-low density silica aerogel (shown in green) based on a diffusion limited cluster aggregation simulation created by former graduate student Sarosh Ali.
Motter Accepts Position in APS' Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
January 22, 2014 - Professor Motter has been elected to the governance of the Statistical and Nonlinear Physics (GSNP) APS Unit. Over each of the next four years he will be Vice-Chair, Chair-Elect, Chair, and Past Chair of the GSNP, respectively.
Prof. Bill Halperin to Become Chair of the Division of Condensed Matter Physics (DCMP) of the American Physical Society
January 17, 2014 - Bill Halperin was elected Vice-Chair of DCMP and will serve four years at Vice-Chair (2014), Chair-Elect (2015), Chair (2016) and Past Chair (2017). The DCMP is the largest division of the American Physical Society, representing research areas ranging from solid-state physics, quantum liquids and solids, to soft-matter. Research in Condensed Matter Physics concentrates on such topics as superconductivity, semi-conductors, magnetism, complex fluids, and thin films. This discipline covers a broad range of research in both basic and applied physics. The Chair of DCMP oversees the March Meeting of the APS, which attracts approximately 10,000 physicists from all over the world from industry, universities, and major laboratories, and is the largest physics meeting in the world.