Brown Physics

Welcome to Brown University's Department of Physics 

Physics has been part of Brown’s curriculum since the 18th century, and our department has a distinguished history of teaching and research. Our 40 full-time and affiliated faculty members include two Nobel Prize winners 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 120 graduate students. Our postdoctoral researchers work closely with faculty and students in the pursuit of scientific discovery. Our department functions smoothly under the support of a wonderful staff.

Explore this site to learn more about our exciting program and what Brown Physics can offer you.

Recent News

Professor Kosterlitz gives the 2016 Nobel Lecture in Physics

This morning, Brown University Department of Physics Professor Mike Kosterlitz gave the 2016 Nobel Lecture in Physics at the Nobel Symposium in Stockholm, Sweden. He began by saying, “It feels a bit strange to be standing here addressing this audience because I never thought that I would ever end up in this position.” That may be in part because his discovery of “topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter,” along with David Thouless of the University of Washington, and Duncan Haldane of Princeton University, was over forty years ago.

(Distributed December 8, 2016)