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Campus address: Robert Lee Moore Hall (RLM) 5.224, phone (512) 471-1664, fax (512) 471-9637; campus mail code: C1600

Mailing address: The University of Texas at Austin, Graduate Program, Department of Physics, 2515 Speedway Stop C1600, Austin TX 78712



Facilities for Graduate Work

Modern facilities for graduate study and research include a large-scale cryogenic laboratory; synthesis and strong magnetic field equipment; nuclear magnetic and electron paramagnetic resonance laboratories; extensive facilities for tunneling and force microscopy and nanostructure characterization, SQUID magnetometry, and electron spectroscopy; well-equipped laboratories in optical spectroscopy, quantum optics, femtosecond spectroscopy and diagnostics, electron-atom and surface scattering and high-intensity laser science; and facilities for turbulent flow and nonlinear dynamics experiments. Plasma physics experiments are conducted at the major national tokamaks in Boston and San Diego. Experiments in high-energy heavy ion nuclear and particle physics are conducted at large accelerator facilities such as Brookhaven National Laboratory (New York), Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Illinois), and Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (California). Theoretical work in plasma physics, condensed matter physics, acoustics, nonlinear dynamics, relativity, astrophysics, statistical mechanics, and particle theory is conducted within the Department of Physics. Students have access to excellent computer and library facilities. The department maintains and staffs a machine shop, student workshop, low-temperature and high-vacuum shop, and electronics design and fabrication shop.

Areas of Study

The Department of Physics has active research groups in nine main areas of current physics research: atomic, molecular, and optical physics; classical physics; nuclear physics; statistical and thermal physics; plasma physics; condensed matter physics; nonlinear dynamics; relativity and cosmology; and elementary particle physics. In most of these fields both experimental and theoretical work is in progress.

Graduate Studies Committee

The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee (GSC) in the spring 2020 semester.

Scott J Aaronson
Jose R Alvarado
Timothy R Andeen Jr
Herbert L Berk
Boris Breizman
Elena Caceres
James R Chelikowsky
William R Coker
Alejandro L De Lozanne
Alexander A Demkov
Duane A Dicus
Jacques Distler
Todd Ditmire
Michael Wayne Downer
James L Erskine
Gregory A Fiete
Willy Fischler
Richard Fitzpatrick
Ernst-Ludwig Florin
Daniel S Freed
Katherine Freese
Kenneth W Gentle
Feliciano Giustino
Austin M Gleeson
John B Goodenough
Vernita Gordon
Richard D Hazeltine
Bjorn Hegelich
Daniel J Heinzen
Vadim Kaplunovsky
John W Keto
Can Kilic
Keji Lai
Sheldon Landsberger
Karol Lang
Xiaoqin Li
Allan H Macdonald
Michael P Marder
Christina Markert
John T Markert
Richard A Matzner
Philip J Morrison
Qian Niu
Peter Onyisi
Raymond Lee Orbach
Sonia Paban
Andrew Potter
Mark G Raizen
Linda E Reichl
Jack L Ritchie
Roy F Schwitters
Paul R Shapiro
Chih-Kang Shih
Greg O Sitz
Anna Tenerani
Devarajan Thirumalai
Maxim Tsoi
Emanuel Tutuc
Steven Weinberg
John C Wheeler
Zhen Yao
Aaron Zimmerman