Physics & Astronomy Department
2401 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37240-1807
Vanderbilt is part of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, which images the luminous red galaxies shown above. The clustering of these galaxies will probe the nature of dark energy in the universe.
The nuclear theory group studies fusion reactions of exotic neutron-rich nuclei such as 132Sn + 96Zr, using quantum many body theory (time-dependent Hartree-Fock calculation on 3-D grid).
As part of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment, Vanderbilt physicists help build the pixel detectors that measure the trajectories of particles created at CERN's LHC.
VIIBRE is developing microfluidic devices for studying and controlling living cells. The trap shown above restrains human T cells, allowing researchers to study new ways that immune cells communicate.
Vanderbilt astronomers use the SMARTS telescopes at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) in the Chilean Andes for research and student training.
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.
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.
David Awschalom, Institute for Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago
Beyond electronics: abandoning perfection for quantum technologies
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