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The Cornell University Department of Physics, known for the versatility of its program, the breadth of its training, and Nobel Prize-winning work, is unsurpassed in many areas. The presence on campus of a particle accelerator, one of just a few of its magnitude anywhere in the world, contributes to Cornell’s reputation in particle and accelerator physics. The department has more than 40 active professors,  approximately 180 graduate students and 65 undergraduate majors, and offers a full range of university-level work in physics, from general education courses for nonscientists to doctoral-level independent research.

The Bethe Way: Department of Physics Magazine

Click here to download a PDF copy of the most recent issue of the department magazine, The Bethe Way.

Department Outing

On Saturday, November 19, Physics faculty and staff joined SPS students for an afternoon of bowling, food, and fun at Helen Newman Hall Bowling Center.  Click here to see more pictures.

Peter Wittich,  Associate Professor

"On my first day after joining a research group in graduate school a professor said, I hear you’re interested in instrumentation.’ I didn’t know what that was, but I thought I’d better say yes. When people think about physics, they think about a guy with a pencil and paper, but physics is an experimental science.”