The Texas A&M Physics and Astronomy Research Program
The Department has created a Ph.D. in Applied Physics to provide curriculum and research opportunities for students who wish to use physics in the development of new technology. A number of the faculty conduct projects in applied physics that are related to their basic research interests, providing the opportunity for students to apply their physics aptitude to a number of exciting fields.
The Astronomy faculty at TAMU covers a wide variety of research areas, including supernovae and their application to cosmology, galaxy formation and evolution, resolved stellar populations, detection of extrasolar planets, and astronomical instrumentation. We also have a campus observatory which is used for educational and outreach purposes.
Computational Physics encompases the use of computers in physics research and education, as well as the role of physics in the development of computer technology.
Condensed Matter is one of the most diverse areas of physics, with many practical applications exemplified by those in electronics: microprocessors, memory, display, and magnetic imaging. Many members of the condensed matter group also belong to the interdisciplinary Materials Research Program at Texas A&M.
Our faculty in High Energy Physics are playing a major role in current and future efforts to understand the new fields, particles, and principles of nature that await discovery during the coming decade.
At Texas A&M, the overall area of Quantum Optics, Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics encompasses an unusually rich variety of topics, emphasizing a close collaboration between theory and experiment. This experiment-theory connection is reflected in the fact that most of the theoretical physicists in the group maintain vigorous experimental programs or closely collaborate with the experimentalists, a unique situation which enables faculty members to build a very visible, well-funded research program.