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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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Standing on a turntable, Nathaniel Gabor explains angular momentum to his young audience. (I. Pittalwala/UCR)
Girl Scouts get a good dose of physics and astronomy
On the afternoon of May 3, about 25 local Girl Scouts and some of their siblings visited the Department of Physics and Astronomy to attend presentations by faculty members Gabriela Canalizo, Laura Sales, and Nathaniel Gabor.  Associate Professor Vivek Aji, whose daughter is a Girl Scout, arranged the visit.  Professor Canalizo and…
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Nobel laureat Barry Barish. (Stan Lim/UCR.)
Physicist elected foreign member of the Royal Society
Barry Barish, a distinguished professor of physics at UC Riverside, has been elected a foreign member of the Royal Society for his exceptional contribution to science. Barish was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics “for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves,” along with…
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Igor Barsukov
UCR physicist named top reviewer
UC Riverside physicist Igor Barsukov, who specializes in experimental condensed matter physics, is being honored by the journal Communications Physics as an outstanding reviewer of manuscripts for the month of March 2019.  Outstanding referees are those who “have gone above and beyond what is expected of a reviewer in terms of…
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Masterclass HS students
New NASA-funded program to train K-12 students in STEM fields: Outreach components include public lectures, parent nights, and telescope viewing opportunities
NASA has awarded the University of California, Riverside a grant of $320,000 to launch a research and training program in STEM fields aimed at enhancing K-12 students’ experiences outside school hours.   Titled “Launch Pad from High School to NASA: A Research and Training Program in STEM Fields,” the program has received funding…
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