Brown Physics

  • Thanks to all who participated in this year's art show!

    Thanks to all who participated in this year's art show!

    Click here to see some photos!

  • Physics Poster Session

    Physics Poster Session

    Click here to see pictures from the 11/4/15 event!

  • Welcome new Graduate Students!

    Welcome new Graduate Students!

    Welcome new ScM and PhD students!

  • 4850 Feet Below: The Hunt for Dark Matter

    4850 Feet Below: The Hunt for Dark Matter

    Watch Prof. Richard Gaitskell and a team of physicists' journey to directly detect dark matter

  • Excellence in Teaching

    Excellence in Teaching

    Derek Stein has won the Philip J. Bray Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Physical Sciences.

Welcome to the Physics Department!

Physics, or “natural philosophy” as it was originally known, has been part of Brown’s curriculum since the 18th century, and our department has a distinguished history of teaching and research. Our current roster of 27 full-time faculty members includes a Nobel Prize winner and numerous recipients of other prestigious awards and honors. Faculty members engage in research in astrophysics and cosmology, high energy, condensed matter and biological physics that is collaborative, interdisciplinary and international in its scope.

We offer undergraduates a comprehensive experience that includes many opportunities to work directly with cutting-edge researchers who are also dedicated classroom instructors. Our graduate program incorporates strong faculty and peer mentoring for our approximately 100 graduate students.

Please explore this site to learn more about our exciting research initiatives and what Brown Physics can offer you.

Recent News

LISTEN to Prof Rick Gaitskell on NPR's Science Friday - 10/16!

From NPR Science Friday:

Traveling nearly a mile underground in an elevator referred to as “the cage” is not exactly for the faint of heart. Enter Science Friday video producer Luke Groskin. He ventured deep into a rural South Dakota mine to learn about the Large Underground Xenon Experiment, or “LUX.” There, scientists like Richard Gaitskell are hoping that the LUX detector—shielded by thousands of feet of rock—will capture evidence of dark matter particles interacting with regular old matter. Groskin and Gaitskell join Ira to talk about the ongoing hunt for dark matter. 

(Distributed October 16, 2015)

Seventh Annual New England String Meeting

The 7th Annual New England String Meeting will be a small, regional one-day conference open to all students, Post-docs, and faculty.  

The meeting is being held at Brown on Friday, November 6, 2015.  Registrtation is free and the meeting is open to all, but please click here to register.

(Distributed October 8, 2015)