Physics

The Department of Physics provides its graduate students with a wide range of research opportunities in experimental, theoretical, and computational physics. Active research areas include elementary particle physics, condensed-matter physics, statistical physics, econophysics, materials physics, and biological physics. In all of these areas, the department offers programs leading to degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Physics.

The Metcalf Science Center, at 590 Commonwealth Avenue, houses the department headquarters, instructional laboratories, lecture rooms, and offices, as well as laboratories devoted to low-temperature physics, surface physics, condensed-matter physics, molecular biophysics, and materials research. The Physics Research Building, located nearby at 3 Cummington Mall, houses classrooms, laboratories dedicated to high-energy and condensed-matter physics, and outstanding facilities for the design and fabrication of scientific instruments and sophisticated electronics equipment. In addition, several physics research groups have laboratories in the Photonics Center at 8 St. Mary’s Street. An extensive network of computational facilities supports the research activities of the department. There are many networked multiprocessor servers and centralized workstations. For computationally intensive applications, students have access to supercomputing resources supported through the Green High Performance Computing Center. Researchers at Boston University also perform experiments at a variety of national and international facilities. For a complete list, please visit our website.