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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.  

Department News and Events 

Department News & Upcoming Events

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Full Department Calendar

Congratulations to UNR Student Prize Winners at the 2014 APS Far West Section Conference!

2014 Graduate Student Awards
Margaret Burbidge Award for Best Experimental Research
First place: Kevin Yates (UNR), "Plasma Formation and Evolution on the Surface of
Aluminum, Copper, Titanium and Nickel Driven by a Mega-Ampere Current"

2014 Undergraduate Student Awards
Steven Chu Award for Undergraduate Research
First place tie: Andrew Kanagin (UNR), "Laser spectroscopy & optical pumping of matrix- isolated rubidium atoms"

SPS Poster Award
First place tie between:
Zephyr McCormick (UNR), "Laser Produced Neutrons and Isotope Activation at the Nevada Terawatt Facility"
Emil E. Petkov (UNR), "Spectroscopic Analysis of K- and L-Shell Radiation from Gas-Puff Jet Experiments on the UNR Leopard Laser"

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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