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.
'Natural science does not simply describe and explain nature, it is part of the interplay between nature and ourselves.'