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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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 the…
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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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UC Riverside professor Bill Gary leads the Masterclass. (Iqbal Pittalwala/UCR).
Generating excitement over physics in local youth: Area high school students compare notes with European peers
tudents from Hemet High School and Corona’s Centennial High School visited UC Riverside’s Department of Physics and Astronomy this week to participate in the International Particle Physics Masterclass, an annual program of the European Particle Physics Outreach Group.  The Masterclass is an interactive two-day exercise in which…
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Yongtao Cui
Scientists image conducting edges in a promising 2-D material: Experimental study done at UC Riverside and University of Washington on monolayer tungsten ditelluride could lead to more energy-efficient electronic devices
A research team comprised of scientists at the University of California, Riverside, and the University of Washington has for the first time directly imaged “edge conduction” in monolayer tungsten ditelluride, or WTe2, a newly discovered 2-D topological insulator and quantum material. The research makes it possible to exploit this…
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