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Welcome to the Syracuse University Physics Department

The Department of Physics at Syracuse University has been educating students and carrying out research for over 125 years. Our faculty members, research associates, graduate students, and undergraduate majors are active in fields ranging from biological and condensed matter physics, through cosmology and particle physics, to gravitational wave detection and astrophysics. Here you will find connections to our current research and our closely linked work as educators.

Laboratory Astrophysics
Professor Vidali’s group studies the formation of molecules on dust grain analogs in simulated interstellar medium environments
Graduate Studies in Physics
The graduate program at Syracuse University is designed to provide a stimulating environment for students to work closely with distinguished faculty members on leading-edge research projects.
QuarkNet Outreach Program
In this latest Outreach Program, local highschool Physics Teachers visit our labs to run exciting experiments with Professor Steven Blusk
Quantum Computing
In the Plourde Research Lab at Syracuse University, we study quantum coherence and vortex dynamics in microfabricated superconducting devices at low temperatures.
Biophysics and Biomaterials
Cellular life is a non-equilibrium phenomenon that requires the coordinated spatio-temporal organization of signaling networks and cellular structures. Prof. Martin Forstner's lab is looking at cells.
Medium Energy Physics
The Syracuse Medium Energy Physics group uses the spin property of elementary particles to study fundamental problems in nuclear physics.
Gravitational-Wave Astronomy
The SU Gravitational-Wave Group has constructed a 2300 core computing cluster which is used to study the waves emitted by colliding black holes and neutron stars.
High Energy Physics
Syracuse physicists are using the LHCb experiment to search for new physics using the weak decays of charm and b quarks.