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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Thomas Kuhlman
Study deepens understanding of how advanced life may have emerged billions of years ago
Thomas Kuhlman, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy who came to UC Riverside from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in July 2018, is the lead author on a study that attempts to explain how advanced life may have emerged billions of years ago.   The study, published in the Proceedings of the National…
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John Barton
HIV study explains how latent and rebound viruses are related
John Barton, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy and an expert in statistical physics and evolutionary dynamics, is a coauthor on a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that examines how latent HIV viruses – viruses that are inactive and “hiding” within cells – relate to the viruses…
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UC Riverside’s Nathaniel Gabor and colleague formulate a vision for the field in a perspective article
Physicists name and codify new field in nanotechnology: ‘electron quantum metamaterials’: UC Riverside’s Nathaniel Gabor and colleague formulate a vision for the field in a perspective article
When two atomically thin two-dimensional layers are stacked on top of each other and one layer is made to rotate against the second layer, they begin to produce patterns — the familiar moiré patterns — that neither layer can generate on its own and that facilitate the passage of light and electrons, allowing for materials that…
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