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

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Gaitskell, Richard JDirector of the Center for Fundamental Physics

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Gates, Sylvester JamesDirector of the Center of Advanced Theoretical Sciences

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Xiao, GangChair of Physics

Faculty Positions

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Adetunji, Oludurotimi OAdjunct Assistant Professor of Physics

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Alexander, Stephon HProfessor of Physics

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Benelli, GabrieleSenior Research Associate in Physics

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Cooper, Leon NProfessor Emeritus of Physics

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

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Cutts, DavidProfessor of Physics

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Dell'Antonio, Ian PProfessor of Physics

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Fan, JijiAssistant Professor of Physics

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Feldman, DmitriProfessor of Physics

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Fried, Herbert MProfessor of Physics (Research)

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Fried, Herbert MProfessor Emeritus of Physics

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Gaitskell, Richard JHazard Professor of Physics

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Gates, Sylvester JamesFord Foundation Professor of Physics

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Gromov, Andrey AAssistant Professor of Physics

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Heintz, UlrichProfessor of Physics

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Jackson, FrancineResearch Associate in Physics

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Jevicki, AntalProfessor of Physics

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Korotkov, Andrei LSenior Research Associate in Physics

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Kosterlitz, J MichaelHarrison E. Farnsworth Professor of Physics

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Koushiappas, Savvas MAssociate Professor of Physics

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Laird, Edward MAssistant Professor of Physics (Research)

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Landsberg, GregThomas J. Watson, Sr. Professor of Physics

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Lanou, Robert EProfessor Emeritus of Physics

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Lawandy, Nabil MProfessor of Engineering and Physics (Research)

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Levin, Frank SProfessor Emeritus of Physics

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Li, Jia LeoAssistant Professor of Physics

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Ling, Xinsheng SeanProfessor of Physics

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Lowe, DavidProfessor of Physics

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Maris, Humphrey JProfessor Emeritus of Physics

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Maris, Humphrey JProfessor of Physics (Research)

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Marston, John BradleyProfessor of Physics

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Maxson, Donald RProfessor Emeritus of Physics

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Mitrovic, Vesna FProfessor of Physics

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Narain, MeenakshiProfessor of Physics

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Nurmikko, Arto VProfessor of Physics

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Pacifici, DomenicoAssociate Professor of Physics

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Pelcovits, Robert AProfessor of Physics

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Plumb, Kemp WAssistant Professor of Physics

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Pober, Jonathan CAssistant Professor of Physics

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Powers, Thomas RProfessor of Physics

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Seidel, George MProfessor Emeritus of Physics

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Spradlin, Marcus BProfessor of Physics

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Stein, Derek MAssociate Professor of Physics

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Stiffler, Kory MAssistant Professor of Physics (Research)

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Stratt, Richard MarkProfessor of Physics

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Tan, Chung-IProfessor of Physics

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Tang, Jay XProfessor of Physics

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Targan, DavidAdjunct Associate Professor of Physics

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Tucker, Gregory SProfessor of Physics

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Valles, James MProfessor of Physics

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Volovich, AnastasiaProfessor of Physics

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Xiao, GangProfessor of Physics

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Xu, JingmingProfessor of Physics

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Ying, See-ChenProfessor Emeritus of Physics

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Zaslavsky, AlexanderProfessor of Physics

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Zia, RashidProfessor of Physics