Welcome to the Department of Physics

A little about us

Here at the Department of Physics, our highest priority is our students. We strive to cultivate an atmosphere of excellence and support and are committed to providing the highest-quality programs and research opportunities for our students. Physics is a complex field of study that requires dedication, curiosity, and creativity, and our distinguished faculty are here to give our students every chance of success.

We also know that continual research is the key to greater understanding, and we are constantly asking new questions and pursuing new solutions. Our visionary and innovative research areas push boundaries and cross disciplines to confront today’s most challenging questions. Students join faculty in contributing to a greater understanding of our world, and beyond. 

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Leading research areas

Cosmology &
Particle Physics

Research in Cosmology at ASU covers the entire history of the universe, all the way from the quantum gravity epoch at the big bang, through the particle physics phase, to atomic nuclei, then to atoms, stars, galaxies and ultimately the large-scale structure. A major focus of the group is to connect the particle physics universe to present-day observables and to understand the transition from linear physics to the non-linear regime during the formation of structures through observational techniques.  


We bridge biology and physics and work at the interface with chemistry, engineering, computational sciences, and nanotechnology. You will be part of one of the largest biophysics groups within a single department in the U.S., which provides a critical mass for vibrant intellectual exchanges, seminars and multiple opportunities for diverse research projects. Multiple nationally recognized centers and many faculty from other schools are affiliated with us and contribute to our broad range of expertise, encompassing both experimental, theoretical and computational groups.

Nanoscale &
Material Physics

More than 100 faculty members scattered across departments and colleges come together in this research area to tackle diverse materials physics projects. With world-class facilities available right on campus, students will find most everything they need for research, experimentation, and collaboration is right at their fingertips. In particular, ASU is the world’s leading university in the field of sub-angstrom resolution electron microscopy.