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Physics & Astronomy Department
Vanderbilt University
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2401 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37240-1807

The Applied Optical Physics group studies ultrafast processes in metals and strongly correlated materials, using tools such as a femtosecond white-light continuum generated in a photonic crystal fiber.

Vanderbilt particle physicists are exploring the structure and behavior of the Universe using the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at CERN's Large Hadron Collider.

As part of the LasDamas project, Vanderbilt astrophysicists are simulating the evolution of dark matter in the universe in order to constrain cosmology and galaxy formation.

Prof. J.H. Hamilton (left) with Y. Oganessian viewing Berkelium-249 prepared at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. In early 2010, physicists successfully synthesized a new element with atomic number 117.

In the embryonic epithelia shown above, Vanderbilt biophysicists use laser-microsurgery to probe the sub-cellular mechanics of living tissues.

The KELT-South observatory (left) searches for giant planets eclipsing bright stars. Located in South Africa, it was designed and built by astronomers at Vanderbilt and the University of Cape Town.

In the Center for Molecular and Atomic Studies at Surfaces, graduate student Heungman Park uses the versatile and powerful TITAN laser system to study the interactions of light and matter.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Vanderbilt University combines the friendly and supportive atmosphere of a liberal arts college with the excitement and challenge of forefront research. The undergraduate program consists of a focused physics education combined with a wealth of skills from the humanities and social sciences. The bachelor’s degree prepares a student for a career in the private sector or for continuing one's education in physics, astronomy, engineering, law, medicine and many other fields.

Both undergraduate and graduate students actively engage in Departmental research programs that are supported by more than $6 million in external funding annually. These research programs are at the cutting edge of traditional areas of physics as well as being a major contributor to contemporary interdisciplinary institutions and centers.

Thursday, August 27

Fall Faculty Assembly


News & Announcements

  • Two papers about "the smallest liquid droplets" from the Relativistic Heavy Ion group were accepted in PRL and selected for highlights.
  • Freely available online teaching module for Celestial Navigation is developed by Susan Stewart, Erika Grundstrom and Dave Caudell.
  • S. Pantelides gave an invited talk "Multiphonon carrier capture and carrier scattering in semiconductors" at the Workshop "Nothing is Perfect -- the quantum mechanics of defects", Ascona, Switzerland, April 26-29, 2015. He also received additional funding from the Petroleum Institute of Abu Dhabi to explore the properties of sulfur and sulfur compounds.
  • John Gore's group: Study reveals biomarker of post-injury spinal cord function.

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