Graduate Degree Program Summary

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Graduate Degrees Offered

  • M.S.; Ph.D.
Areas of Study
  • Atomic, Molecular, Optical, and Plasma Physics
  • Condensed Matter
  • High Energy Physics
  • Materials Physics
  • Nanotechnology

Physics and Astronomy

  • On the Web
    Department Website
  • Graduate Chair
    Dr. Kees Uiterwaal
  • Graduate Admissions Chair
    Dr. Shireen Adenwalla
  • Graduate Secretary
    Ms. Marjorie Wolfe
  • Department Address
    208 Jorgensen Hall
    855 N. 16th St.
    Lincoln NE 68588-0299

Application Checklist and Deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by Physics and Astronomy in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:

  • Entrance exam(s): GRE (Physics subject test recommended)
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Personal statement of educational goals and research interests
  • Resume (recommended)

Application Deadline

For Financial Consideration
   Fall: January 31   Spring: September 30
   Rolling admissions. Students admitted for fall and spring semesters only; contact the department for more information.

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The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers programs leading to master's and doctoral degrees. With approximately 60 graduate students and 30 faculty members, the department maintains a friendly and informal atmosphere that is conducive to close interaction between faculty and students.

Our faculty brings in over $10 million per year in scientific research grants, which provides students with research assistantships, support for travel to national and international meetings, and access to state-of-the-art research equipment, including computational facilities and fully staffed electronic and instrument shops. One example of the cutting-edge research facilities available is the Extreme Light Laboratory, which houses a new multi-million-dollar laser system capable of focusing light to the highest level of intensity ever achieved. Not only is this capability expected to lead to new discoveries in fundamental physics, but it has important multidisciplinary applications in materials science, chemistry, biology, as well as medicine, security and defense.

Our program prepares students for employment in all sectors. Students interested in academic or government employment have been hired as postdoctoral research associates at Princeton, Caltech, Berkeley and the Office of Naval Research. Our graduates also work in industry at places like Seagate, Applied Magnetics, Micron and Eaton SEO and in academia, including McMurry University, Loras College, Fort Hayes State University and St. Thomas University.

Courses and More

Students in Physics and Astronomy are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

Faculty and Research

Polymers; Magnetic Systems; Structural Characterization of Materials; Solid State Neutron Detectors
Coherent Electron Control; Quantum Properties and Analogues
Electronic Theory of Magnetism and Magnetotransport
Exchange Bias in Magnetic Metal and Insulator Heterosystems; Magnetic Nanoparticles; Statistical Physics
Experimental High Energy Particle Physics
Negative Ion; Vertical Attachment; Electron Transfer
Ultrafast Atomic and Molecular Dynamics (Experimental)
Experimental High Energy Physics; Cosmic Rays
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Experimental High Energy Particle Physics
Changes in Electronic Structure; Ferromagnetism
Ferroelectric Polymers
Self-Assembled Magnetic Nanostructures
Atomic Physics; Electron Collisions and Attachment; Negative Ion Decay
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Multifermion Systems; Electron Scattering
Polarized Electron Physics
Nanoscale Physical Phenomena in Electronic and Polar Materials
Structural and Vibrational Properties of Crystalline and Amorphous Solids
     Complex Oxide Interfaces and Nanostructures; Two Dimensional Electron Systems
Magnetic Materials; Magneto-Resistance Materials
Nanoscale and Nanostructured Materials
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Experimental High Energy Physics
Astronomy; Astrophysics; Double Stars
Quantum Conductance; Microcantilever Torque Magnetometer
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Solid State Physics
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Variable Star Observation; Ultraviolet Images
Quantum and Spin Phenomena
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Theory of Intense Laser-Plasma Interactions
Analysis of electric and magnetic signals from the brain; EEG and MEG study of sleep.
Theory of magnetic nanostructures- specifically modeling behavior of nanostructures and to make predictions about conceivable but difficult-to-produce materials
Experimental High Energy Physics; Cosmic Rays
Laser-Atom Interactions; Harmonic Generation
Spin-Dependant Electronic Transport; Nanoscale Magnetic and Ferroelectric Materials and Structures
Interaction of Matter with Ultrashort and Intense Light Pulses; Femtosecond Lasers
Diocles Laser; Nonlinear Optics of High Intensity Lasers; Relativistic Plasmas; Extreme States of Matter
Thin Films; Interfacial and Environmental Effects on Materials

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