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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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Fehr ’23 to Study Debris Disks, Exoplanet as Goldwater Scholar

Fehr ’23 to Study Debris Disks, Exoplanet as Goldwater Scholar

Every summer, Anna Fehr ’23 would cherish family camping trips to the mountains in California. There, she could see something many people—especially city residents—rarely get to experience: a truly dark night sky. “I remember seeing the Milky Way and just being blown away by the sheer number of stars,” she recalls. “I think I knew […]

Blumel, Nam Write Paper on Quantum Physics

Reinhold Blumel, Charlotte Augusta Ayres Professor of Physics, recently co-authored a paper in Nature called “Power-optimal, stabilized entangling gate between trapped-ion qubits.” Yunseong Nam, one of the other co-authors, worked with Blumel as a graduate student. Blumel’s contributions to this paper stem from his connections to IonQ, a technology company for quantum computing. Nam is […]
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