Astronomy/Astrophysics, Atomic & Molecular Physics,
Condensed Matter/Materials Physics, Elementary Particle
Physics, Medical Imaging Physics & Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
Physics, Nuclear Physics, Photonics and Quantum
Electronics, Plasma Physics, Space Physics
The Department is home to the interdisciplinary Optical Science
and Technology Center (OSTC) located in the state-of-the-art Iowa
Advanced Technology Laboratories (IATL). Facilities in the IATL include ultrafast lasers, two molecular beam epitaxy machines for III-V semiconductor growth, and systems for organic semiconductor growth. The students and faculty
also use off campus facilites at CERN, SLAC, Fermilab, and the Very
Large Array radio telescope. The Department has student-run,
computer controlled, optical observatories in Arizona and on the roof
of Van Allen Hall.
'There is no inductive method which could lead to the fundamental concepts of physics. Failure to understand this fact constituted the basic philosophical error of so many investigators of the nineteenth century.'