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Grigory V. Rogachev

On behalf of all members of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, including faculty, researchers, staff, and students, I am pleased to welcome you to our website and virtual front door to the world.

We share a common passion, physics and astronomy, and are committed to transferring our knowledge and skills to young scholars. We perform research at the frontiers of science, uncovering Nature’s secrets, discovering new constituents of matter, elucidating the structure and origin of the Universe, and developing new materials and quantum sensors. As a department, we conduct research in astronomy and astrophysics, atomic and molecular physics, quantum optics, condensed matter physics, high energy physics, nuclear physics, and many other fields that are central to the mission of our department, the College of Science, and Texas A&M University.

Through our classroom instruction, laboratories, and advising by world-class scientists, we provide outstanding opportunities to our ~200 undergraduate majors for exceptional education, research, science outreach, and community service. Our faculty includes two Nobel Prize winners, four members of the National Academy of Sciences, 10 Distinguished Professors, and one University Professor. Approximately 150 graduate students master their research and teaching skills under the supervision of our faculty and researchers using state-of-the-art equipment. We also host ~50 postdoctoral research fellows and visiting scholars.

Our department is committed to promoting a climate that is welcoming and celebrates our differences, embracing diversity in all its forms. The departmental Climate and Diversity Committee, along with several student-run organizations, such as Society for Under-represented in Physics and Astronomy (SUPA) and the Society of Physics Students (SPS), are actively engaged in fostering inclusivity and equity within the department. We recognize, as a department, that this work is never done. We will continually strive to improve this institution of learning, so that everyone within these walls can pursue their science feeling safe, respected, and valued.

We invite you to explore our website and learn more about what we do and who we are. You are welcome to contact me or any one of my colleagues if you have questions.

Grigory V. Rogachev
Professor and Head