Graduate Students with Juan Peralta and computer mainframe‚ÄčThe department of Physics at CMU is one of the most research active departments at CMU. With 13 tenured and tenure-track faculty members, the department published over 40 peer-reviewed articles in 2015, an impressive 10% of all of CMU publications indexed by Web of Knowledge. As of January 2016, the department has 12 active external grants from federal agencies, totaling about 2.5 million dollars distributed among 4 National Science Foundation grants, 6 U. S. Department of Energy grants, and 2 U. S. Department of Defense grants.

Physics faculty members pursue state-of-the-art research in several areas including:

  • Astronomy
  • Atomic physics
  • Computational condensed matter physics
  • Rheology and materials science
  • High energy phenomenology
  • Nuclear physics
  • Observational astronomy
  • Optics
  • Polymer physics

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