Physics

Physics is the foundation of a liberal arts education for innovations in science and engineering.

The Physics Department provides cutting-edge education and research at Bachelor, Master, and Ph.D. levels.  Our students master topics in focus areas that include quantum computing, high energy plasmas, low temperature superfluids, photonics, materials science, biomolecular interactions, fluid mechanics, and more.

Undergraduate and graduate students work side-by-side with faculty on research that is supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Standards & Technology, the American Chemical Society, the Air Force, and other national funding organizations.

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Scientific Images of Nanoparticles, Colliding Stars, Learned Words Win Annual Contest

Scientific Images of Nanoparticles, Colliding Stars, Learned Words Win Annual Contest

At first glance, a viewer sees a single image of pink-tinted cubes, resembling a bacteria culture from high school biology. But upon closer examination, the viewer begins to see a series of other shapes—triangles to hexahedrons to tetahexahedraons (cubes with four-sided pyramids on each face). “If you stare at this image for a while, you…
Faculty Collaborate on New, Patent-Pending, Hypersensitive Accelerometer

Faculty Collaborate on New, Patent-Pending, Hypersensitive Accelerometer

When launching spacecrafts and missiles, small navigational mistakes could lead to catastrophic results. A satellite could spin completely out of orbit, a missile could mistakenly strike a civilian territory, or a spaceship could end up at another planet altogether. Three Wesleyan researchers are collaborating on the development of a novel sensor that would benefit navigation…
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