The primary focus of the department’s activity is cutting edge research. By concentrating that research in experimental and theoretical condensed matter physics, over a relatively short period of time we have become one of the leading condensed matter departments in the country. Some specific areas of current interest are superconductivity, photovoltaics, metamaterials, thermoelectrics, nanostructures and nanomaterials for biosensing, plasmonics, plasmas, topological insulators, novel electronic materials and other strongly correlated electron systems.
We seek graduate students to share in this research and provide them with the technical and intellectual training needed for future success in whatever career path awaits them. The department includes 20 faculty, numerous post-docs and about 50 graduate students, all of whom are fully supported by generous teaching assistantships (TA) or research assistantships (RA).
During one’s first year, a student begins with a solid foundation in the major areas of physics, but is encouraged to engage in research as soon as possible. During the summer after the first year, the department guarantees funded research participation for each student as a member of a research group.
Significant research facilities are available to our graduate students. The Physics Department is constantly enhancing and supplementing these facilities and has developed strong ties to many outside facilities, including Los Alamos National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, the Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter (ICAM), Brookhaven National Laboratory, the Naval Research Laboratory and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.
In addition to course work and research participation, the student is a member of the worldwide research community. Each week there are colloquia and seminars presented by leading physicists from around the country and world. The department is a close-knit community of scientists, young and old, but it is also a part of the vibrant Boston intellectual and scientific community, allowing for collaboration among local universities.
After their years of study and research, and with a doctorate in physics, we send our young physicists into the world to successful careers in many areas, including academic, industrial and governmental positions. If this community is attractive to you, we invite you to learn more about the vibrant scientific environment of the Boston College Physics Department.