Physics & Energy Science

About the Department

Physics is the scientific study of the fundamental principles that govern the behavior of matter, energy, space, and time. Our department conducts a broad range of experimental and theoretical research in the areas of Solid State and Quantum Physics, Magnetism, Nanotechnology, Liquid Crystals, and Bio-Physics.

We are strongly devoted to excellence in both teaching and research. Here are some examples:

  • Two faculty members have been recently awarded with Early Career grants from NSF and DOE
  • Six Teaching Awardees (LAS Outstanding Teaching Award, UCCS Outstanding Teacher Award)
  • Two faculty members have been named as CU Distinguished Professors, the highest honor possible for a University of Colorado professor
  • Four members of the department have won college and/or campus-wide Research Awards
  • Four members of the department have been named "CU Inventor of the Year"
  • We involve undergraduate, Masters, PhD and high school students in our research
  • The department has over $6 million in research equipment and state-of-the-art research labs

Our Research

The Department houses numerous centers that provide collaborative spaces for research, education, and innovation, including:

  • Center for Magnetism and Magnetic Nanostructures
  • UCCS BioFrontiers Institute
  • Center for Advanced Technologies and Optical Materials
  • Center for Plasmonics, Nanophotonics and Metamaterials.

Each center specializes in distinct fields of study, offering exceptional research prospects for scholars and academic groups.

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