I invite you to explore our department’s long history of cutting-edge research that has helped define the frontiers of human knowledge while providing a rich and welcoming environment for our students of all levels. We are a department that takes pride in offering a small-college atmosphere combined with the opportunities of a world-class research department and in an atmosphere that fosters collaborative research across traditional disciplinary boundaries. Faculty in the Physics department regularly collaborate with faculty from Computer Science, Intelligent Systems Engineering, Chemistry, and Mathematics. Our department currently has a ratio of physics majors to faculty under 3:1.
Our faculty consistently rank among the best in their respective fields and frequently define the leading edge of those fields. Our particle and nuclear physics groups have frontier programs at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, RHIC, and Jefferson Lab, and they regularly play important leadership roles in this country’s most important neutrino and precision nuclear physics experiments. The world-leading IU Center for Spacetime Symmetries is home to innovative research in many aspects of subatomic physics and our Condensed Matter Physics and Atomic, Molecular, and Optical (AMO) groups frequently make important contributions in their fields. We also have an extensive effort in Biophysics, with a particular emphasis on the Physics of neuroscience.
We are constantly working to keep our curricula relevant to today’s research frontiers and employment opportunities.
Students in our department benefit greatly from modern and newly renovated facilities at IU Bloomington. Swain Hall West is located at the southeast corner of the oldest and most historic part of campus and is home to two departments and multiple research facilities that compliment those at the Center for Exploration of Energy and Matter (CEEM) in MES Hall. These facilities offer faculty and students the opportunity to conduct research and to develop new projects.
Our department continues to evolve in keeping with the long and distinguished history of excellence in the physical science that has made us a leader in the field. I urge you to explore what we have to offer more extensively on this website, as well as visiting us in person, and to consider joining us in our collaborative journey toward deepening our understanding of the Universe.
Professor and Chair, Department of Physics