For more information contact:
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Physics
Durham, NC 27708-0305
Degree offered: Ph.D.
Faculty working with students: 36
Students receiving Financial Aid: nearly 100%
Spring Application: no
Part time study available: no
Test required: GRE General and GRE Subject
The Department of Physics supports a variety of programs that are at the frontier of basic research. Areas of specialization include nonlinear dynamics and complex systems, quantum nanoscience, quantum optics/ultra-cold atoms, free electron lasers, biological physics, experimental high energy physics, experimental nuclear physics, nuclear and particle theory, condensed matter theory, string theory, and gravitation. The research groups are not large but are all very active and enjoy a high reputation; this provides the opportunity for students to participate in frontier research, while fostering a strong interaction between students and faculty. The department is the site of the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory and the Duke Free Electron Laser Laboratory. The high energy physics group conducts research at major international laboratories (e.g., Fermilab, CERN and Super-Kamiokande). The Center for Nonlinear Studies is a cooperative program involving faculty members of the departments of Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Chemistry, and the Pratt School of Engineering. The Center for Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences fosters trans-disciplinary research employing mathematical techniques. The Center for Geometry and Theoretical Physics involves both Physics and Mathematics departments.