From Hans Bethe to Toni Morrison, we offer a sampling of alums and profs who’ve earned one of the world’s highest accolades.Read more
The Department of Physics
Uniquely versatile undergraduate and graduate programs, an unrivaled breadth of research training, and Nobel Prize-winning work in world class facilities, defines the Department of Physics at Cornell University as a national and global leader in physics training and education. 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.
75 Years of Accelerator Physics in Newman Lab
Accelerator physics has revealed hidden universes, from the Higgs boson to the blood vessels and tissues seen on a CT scan – and much of that progress is thanks to work done in an unassuming building tucked away on Cornell’s North Campus: Newman Lab.
Enabled by a custom thermometer, Cornell researchers have observed superfluid fluctuation effects, possibly gaining new insight for quantum computing and the physics of the early universe.Read more
Cornell researchers contributed critical knowledge in the early days of the LCLS-II project.Read more
Physicist Carl Wieman will visit campus Sept. 25-29 as an A.D. White Professor-at-Large, working with students and faculty and offering a public talk about his work in science education.Read more
A NIH-funded project, led by Itai Cohen, professor of physics, will use the fruit fly to study how the brain processes multisensory information involved in flight, possibly offering insight into human neurological function.Read more
A team of Cornell researchers unexpectedly discovered the presence of a “quantum spin-glass” while conducting research designed to learn more about quantum algorithms.Read more
Research in the department is organized in two laboratories, the Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics (LASSP) and the Laboratory for Elementary Particle Physics (LEPP). Explore the links below to learn more about the major research areas of the department and the facilities available to researchers.