Physics is the most fundamental of sciences. It provides a foundation of crucial ideas for other scientific fields, and many of the underpinnings of modern technology. Our physics faculty actively engage in both teaching and research, including mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. Our research focuses on new phenomena occurring on scales ranging from the subatomic to the cosmic. Many of us collaborate across disciplines working with biologists, chemists, engineers, geologists, and mathematicians.

Gaining knowledge and understanding about nature can be very rewarding, and the opportunity to make discoveries that illuminate fundamental aspects of nature is truly exciting. A Brown physics degree can lead to a career investigating the key secrets of the universe. This solid and strong training in the fundamental laws of nature and in the tools used in their application can lead to productive careers in all the other sciences. For example, our graduates conduct basic research into the most fundamental properties of matter, ranging from investigations of novel collective phenomena of condensed matter to studies of particles and strings and the closely related realm of cosmology. They also have central roles in developing new industrial applications such as advanced electronic devices. Some use their expertise in statistical mechanics to achieve a better understanding of the brain and neural processes or to study protein self-assembly and other areas of biological physics.

Underlying all of these careers is a common interest in understanding the natural world. At Brown we cherish, support and promote this curiosity. Brown is a small but elite university, highly regarded as an institution for encouraging student initiative and involvement with the processes of learning and discovery. You will find in our labs and seminars a lively mix of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates all working together with a common love of physics. Research opportunities at Brown are outstanding, and are at the forefront of the most important areas of physics. Please explore our web pages to learn more about physics at Brown.

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Faculty Administrative Positions

Gaitskell, Richard J, Director of the Center for Fundamental Physics

Gates, Sylvester James, Director of the Center of Advanced Theoretical Sciences

Xiao, Gang, Chair of Physics

Faculty Positions

Adetunji, Oludurotimi O, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Physics

Alexander, Stephon H, Professor of Physics

Benelli, Gabriele, Senior Research Associate in Physics

Cooper, Leon N, Professor Emeritus of Physics

Cooper, Leon N, Thomas J. Watson, Sr. Professor of Science (Research)

Cutts, David, Professor of Physics

Dell'Antonio, Ian P, Professor of Physics

Fan, Jiji, Assistant Professor of Physics

Feldman, Dmitri, Professor of Physics

Fried, Herbert M, Professor of Physics (Research)

Fried, Herbert M, Professor Emeritus of Physics

Gaitskell, Richard J, Hazard Professor of Physics, Professor of Physics

Gates, Sylvester James, Ford Foundation Professor of Physics, Professor of Physics

Gromov, Andrey A, Assistant Professor of Physics

Heintz, Ulrich, Professor of Physics

Jackson, Francine, Research Associate in Physics

Jevicki, Antal, Professor of Physics

Korotkov, Andrei L, Senior Research Associate in Physics

Kosterlitz, J Michael, Harrison E. Farnsworth Professor of Physics, Professor of Physics

Koushiappas, Savvas M, Associate Professor of Physics

Laird, Edward M, Assistant Professor of Physics (Research)

Landsberg, Greg, Thomas J. Watson, Sr. Professor of Science, Professor of Physics

Lanou, Robert E, Professor Emeritus of Physics

Lawandy, Nabil M, Professor of Engineering and Physics (Research)

Levin, Frank S, Professor Emeritus of Physics

Li, Jia, Assistant Professor of Physics

Ling, Xinsheng Sean, Professor of Physics

Lowe, David, Professor of Physics

Maris, Humphrey J, Professor Emeritus of Physics

Maris, Humphrey J, Professor of Physics (Research)

Marston, John Bradley, Professor of Physics

Maxson, Donald R, Professor Emeritus of Physics

Mitrovic, Vesna F, Professor of Physics

Narain, Meenakshi, Professor of Physics

Nurmikko, Arto V, Professor of Physics

Pacifici, Domenico, Associate Professor of Physics

Pelcovits, Robert A, Professor of Physics

Plumb, Kemp W, Assistant Professor of Physics

Pober, Jonathan C, Assistant Professor of Physics

Powers, Thomas R, Professor of Physics

Seidel, George M, Professor Emeritus of Physics

Spradlin, Marcus B, Professor of Physics

Stein, Derek M, Associate Professor of Physics

Stiffler, Kory M, Assistant Professor of Physics (Research)

Stratt, Richard Mark, Professor of Physics

Sun, Chen, Fellow in Physics

Tan, Chung-I, Professor of Physics

Tang, Jay X, Professor of Physics

Targan, David, Adjunct Associate Professor of Physics

Tucker, Gregory S, Professor of Physics

Valles, James M, Professor of Physics

Volovich, Anastasia, Professor of Physics

Xiao, Gang, Professor of Physics

Xu, Jingming, Professor of Physics

Ying, See-Chen, Professor Emeritus of Physics

Zaslavsky, Alexander, Professor of Physics

Zia, Rashid, Professor of Physics