Physics

Physics and astronomy attempt to understand and describe how and why the physical universe behaves as it does. Although remarkably simple, physics laws apply to a very wide range of sometimes beautiful and bizarre phenomena, as well as to the past and future of the universe.

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Office of Graduate Admissions
Bendetson Hall
Medford, MA 02155
(617) 627-3395
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The Tufts University Department of Physics and Astronomy offers programs of study leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics and astronomy. Physics graduate students may also pursue research in related departments, such as electrical engineering.

Master of Science (M.S.) tracks:

  • Physics
  • Physics: Astrophysics
  • Physics: Physics Education 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) tracks:

  • Physics
  • Physics: Astrophysics
  • Physics: Chemical Physics
  • Physics: Physics Education

Research areas include:

  • Astronomy and astrophysics
  • Biophysics
  • Condensed matter physics
  • Cosmology
  • General relativity
  • Particle physics
  • Physics education

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Faculty

Danilo Marchesini
Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director
Ph.D. , SISSA, Trieste
Astronomy and Astrophysics
Roger G. Tobin
Professor and Chair
Ph.D. , University of California Berkeley
Experimental condensed matter physics
Timothy Atherton
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , University of Exeter
Theoretical condensed matter physics
Bruce Boghosian
Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D. , University of California, Davis
Theoretical and computational fluid dynamics, quantum computation
Peggy Cebe
Professor
Ph.D. , Cornell University
Experimental condensed matter physics and Polymer physics
Larry Ford
Professor
Ph.D. , Princeton University
Cosmology and Astrophysics
Hugh Gallagher
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , University of Minnesota
Experimental high-energy physics
Gary Goldstein
Professor
Ph.D. , University of Chicago
Experimental high-energy physics
David Hammer
Professor
Ph.D. , University of California
Physics education; Director, STEM Education
Anthony W. Mann
Professor
Ph.D. , University of Massachusetts
Experimental high-energy physics
Austin Napier
Professor
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Experimental high-energy physics
Professor William Oliver
William Oliver
Professor
Ph.D. , Berkeley
Experimental high-energy physics
Ken Olum
Research Professor
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cosmology
Fiorenzo Omenetto
Frank C. Doble Professor; Associate Dean for Research
Ph.D. , University of Pavia
Ultrafast nonlinear optics, nanophotonics, biopolymer multifunctional materials, photonic crystals, photonic crystal fibers
Anna Sajina
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Columbia University
Astronomy and Astrophysics
Krzystof Sliwa
Professor
Ph.D. , Jagiellonian, Institute of Nuclear Physics
Experimental high-energy physics
Igor Sokolov
Professor
Ph.D. , The Mendeleev Institute of Metrology (the Russian NIST)
Nanomechanics of Cells, Molecules, Polymers; Photonic Sensors; Soft Condensed Matter and Biomedical Research; Energy-Related Materials and Sustainability, Surface Science and Engineering
Cristian Staii
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , University of Pennsylvania
Experimental condensed matter physics
Thomas Vandervelde
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , University of Virginia
Semiconductor Mechanics and Photonics

The application deadline for fall enrollment is January 15.

GRE General Test scores required. Subject test scores strongly recommended.

For more information, visit the Department of Physics.

For questions about this program, including scholarships and assistantships, please contact the graduate program director, Danilo Marchesini.

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Robinson Hall, Room 257
212 College Ave.
Medford, MA 02155 USA
Tel. 617-627-3029
Fax 617-627-3878