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Department of Physics

Satisfy your curiosity about the universe, from the largest astronomical scale to the smallest subnuclear particle. Physics will help you strengthen your quantitative reasoning skills and problem-solve through experimentation, simulation and analytical tools.

Imagine yourself exploring the galaxy, building the next quantum computer, dissecting how cells crawl, or shining light on how atoms and the world itself comes together. These exciting experiences can be found within the world of physics. Physics is concerned with the most basic principles that underlie all phenomena in the universe from sub-atomic particles to whole universes and everything in between. In Physics, you will learn about these exciting phenomena along with important skills in logic, problem solving, quantitative reasoning, and experimental design that employers in all fields are seeking. Our graduates from both our PhD and bachelor’s programs go on to work in academia, national labs, engineering industries, data science, in Silicon Valley and on Wall Street.

The Mission of the Physics Department is to create a community of physics scholars dedicated to excellent research and teaching that is welcome to all! We are thrilled to have you on the team for this important mission.

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Recent Physics News
Person addressing a large crowd of people.

(July 11, 2024)

Physics Professor Craig Cahillane Wins 2024 ARPA-E IGNIITE Award

The prize, given to early-career innovators seeking to convert ideas into new technologies in energy applications, will support his research to improve the efficiency of fusion reactors.

Eric Coughlin headshot.

(June 3, 2024)

A&S Physicist Awarded NASA Grant to Model One of the Cosmos’ Most Extreme Events

Physics professor Eric Coughlin received his second NASA grant as a faculty member at SU to develop accurate models to probe the inner workings of supermassive black holes.

Figure depicting the precession (movement of the rotational axis) of an accretion disk.

(May 22, 2024)

Scientists Spin Up a New Way to Unlock Black Hole Mysteries

Syracuse University astrophysicist co-authors a study in Nature that details how observations of a wobbling disk following a tidal disruption event can be used to estimate black hole spin.

Collin Capano headshot.

(May 7, 2024)

A&S Physicist Awarded NSF Research Grant for Two Projects That Will Increase Our Understanding of Gravitational Waves

Collin Capano ’05, ’11 Ph.D., research associate professor in the Department of Physics, will use the grant to test Einstein’s theory of relativity and create a computer network that could detect gravitational waves faster and cheaper.