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The Physical Sciences encompass the experimental, theoretical, and computational study of physical phenomena in our universe – involving matter, energy, and their interactions – by faculty and students in Astronomy and Astrophysics, Chemistry, Physics, and Planetary Science & Astronomy.


Research interests in the physical sciences include basic science studies on topics as diverse as cosmology, gravitational waves, particle astrophysics, extra solar planets and pulsars, atomic-scale chemistry and clusters, biomolecular systems, and computer modeling of chemical reactions, as well as superconductivity, spintronics, ultracold atoms, and quantum computing. Research in more applied areas of physical sciences has a large impact on fields such as materials science, nanotechnology, neuroscience, and biophysics.

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