• ISU researchers observe boosted hadronically decaying W/Z boson
    ISU researchers observe boosted hadronically decaying W/Z boson
  • ISU Researchers Study "Everlasting Light"
    ISU Researchers Study "Everlasting Light"
  • Iowa State nuclear physicist makes the case for studying the strong nuclear force
    Iowa State nuclear physicist makes the case for studying the strong nuclear force
  • NGC 6334 - A Mini Starburst Region
    NGC 6334 - A Mini Starburst Region
  • Iowa State, IBM astronomers explain why disk galaxies eventually look alike
    Iowa State, IBM astronomers explain why disk galaxies eventually look alike
  • Paul Canfield recieves David Adler Lectureship Award
    Paul Canfield recieves David Adler Lectureship Award
  • Quantum tricks drive magnetic switching into the fast lane
    Quantum tricks drive magnetic switching into the fast lane
  • Iowa State astronomer helps research team see misaligned planets in distant system
    Iowa State astronomer helps research team see misaligned planets in distant system
  • Highly Efficient Broadband Terahertz Radiation from Metamaterials
    Highly Efficient Broadband Terahertz Radiation from Metamaterials
  • Canfield awarded $1.7 million Moore Materials Synthesis Investigators award
    Canfield awarded $1.7 million Moore Materials Synthesis Investigators award
  • Soukoulis wins 2014 Max Born Award
    Soukoulis wins 2014 Max Born Award
  • THOMSON REUTERS named Sergey Bud'ko, Paul Canfield and Costas Soukoulis of Iowa State University  among the world's most influential scientists in 2014!
    THOMSON REUTERS named Sergey Bud'ko, Paul Canfield and Costas Soukoulis of Iowa State University among the world's most influential scientists in 2014!

Department of Physics & Astronomy

Welcome to the Department of Physics & Astronomy

Physics and astronomy explores the behavior and structure of matter and energy at all levels to help describe our world and the universe. Physics has helped us contemplate the origins of the universe and develop new products and technologies that meet human needs. The fundamental laws of physics find application in almost every branch of science, engineering and technology.

The Department has active research programs in Astronomy/Astrophysics, Condensed Matter Physics, High-energy Physics, Nuclear Physics, and Biophysics. Our high-energy physics, particle astrophysics and nuclear physics groups are involved in experiments which recreate the conditions of the early universe and help explain how it has evolved. In providing instruction in classical and modern physics, we cover such areas as mechanics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, introductory modern physics, and quantum mechanics.

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