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    High-Level Research

    The department is active in both theoretical and experimental research.

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    Accomplished Faculty

    Nevada physics faculty are passionate about both teaching and research.

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    Nevada Terawatt Facility

    The NTF conducts research and trains students in the field of high-energy-density (HED) science.

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    Respected Programs

    The department boasts nine programs ranging from undergraduate minors to doctorates.

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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

  • Read the article about Dr. Derevianko in NEVADA Today here.
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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"

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Physics degrees

Degrees & Programs

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

Nevada Terawatt Facility

Terawatt Facility

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

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