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Experimental & Theoretical Physics

The Department of Physics at the University of Nevada, Reno specializes in atomic, molecular, plasma, and condensed matterFaculty and students benefit from close collaborations with national and international laboratories.

CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Andrei Derevianko and Dr. Pat Arnott! Dr. Derevianko has won the 2015 UNR Outstanding Researcher award, and Dr. Arnott has won the 2015 UNR Established Innovator award. There will be a reception to honor these two professors. Here are the details:

  • Date: Monday, May 11, 2015
  • Time: 4:00-5:30pm
  • Location: Great Room 402 (4th floor of the JCSU)

Please R.S.V.P. to Cheyenne Magpantay if you plan on attending. You can email her at, and please do so by Tuesday, May 05, 2015.  

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This video was taken on 3/29/15 by Daniel Shule with his Canon camera as part of an assignment in the Physics Department's ATMS 117 Intorduction to Meteorology course taught by Dr. Kristin Lewis. It is a really nice example of cumulus-type clouds and conditional instability in the Reno area.

CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Hiroshi Sawada has been awarded a generous grant from The International Activities Grant program for his project entitled, "Experimental Collaboration for Fast Ignition Laser Fusion Research."

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Degrees & Programs

Physics Degrees

The Department of Physics offers undergraduate and graduate degrees with numerous areas of specialty such as molecular physics, molecular, astronomy and more.

Terawatt Facility

Terawatt Facility

The Nevada Terawatt Facility is the department's premier experiment facility. 

Contact Us

Department of Physics (0220)

1664 N. Virginia Street

Reno, NV 89557

Phone (775) 784-6792

Fax (775) 784-1398

Leifson Physics, Room 225

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