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Physics & Astronomy Department
Vanderbilt University
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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.

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.

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, March 26


Chad Orzel, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Union College

Talking Dogs and Galileian Blogs: Social Media for Communicating Science


News & Announcements

  • Dr. Eric Appelt, a May 2014 graduate from the Vanderbilt physics Ph.D. program, received the Young Scientist award from the Elsevier Journal of Nuclear Physics.
  • SLACK LECTURE - Freeman Dyson: Four Revolutions and More to Come
  • Latest CMS results make breaking news.
  • NASA has awarded $4.4 million to a collaboration, which includes Assoc. Prof. Steve Csorna, Professors Andreas Berlind and Thomas Weiler to build a telescope deployed on the International Space Station for the study of extreme energy cosmic rays.

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