Welcome to the Department of Physics and Astronomy

We are leaders in several subfields of physics & astronomy. We infuse that leadership into education and service. Our research foci include the origin and structure of the universe, the microscopic and macroscopic description of condensed matter and biological systems, and the physics of the environment.


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New UCR/Carnegie Collaboration in Astronomy
The University of California, Riverside, and the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena have established a UCR-Carnegie Graduate Student Fellowship program that will greatly benefit students in the university’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. At any given time, the program will support two graduate student fellows. The…
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Boerge Hemmerling optical trapping
Physicist to use optical trapping methods to study basic properties of solid-state materials
Boerge Hemmerling, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at the University of California, Riverside, has received a five-year grant of nearly $1 million from the National Science Foundation to study “Nonlinear Optical Properties and Novel Quantum Phases of Polar Molecules in Optical Lattices.” Hemmerling is the grant’s…
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UCR physicists contribute to major Higgs boson discovery
On Aug. 28, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN, announced that two experiment teams at the Large Hadron Collider discovered decay in the Higgs boson particle, an integral component of our universe, that was found by scientists at the center in 2012. UC Riverside physicists Gail Hanson, Robert Clare,…
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