University of Denver

Division Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Physics and Astronomy


2199 S University Blvd

Denver, CO 80208

United States



Program Information

Degree Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Department has major research programs in:

  • Circumstellar material surrounding particularly massive stars; optical and infrared astronomy using the department's observatory at the summit of Mt. Evans (4,313 m) and other facilities and data sources
  • Condensed matter and materials physics focusing on using nanofabrication techniques to control and measure thermal, magnetic, and electronic properties of thin films and nanostructures down to 300 mK
  • Studies of high resolution microcalorimeter X-ray and gamma-ray detectors
  • Investigating spin transport in non-magnetic and magnetic metals and heterostructures, understanding the impact of spin-orbit coupling on magnetic dynamics
  • Studies involving gases adsorbed on and inside carbon nanotube bundles, Bose-Einstein condensation in low-dimensional systems, and forces between nanosize particles
  • Use of ultra-fast lasers to understand transport of fundamental energy carriers in and near nanostructures
  • Nanoscale research on ferroelectrics, nano- and biomaterials research using X-ray and neutron diffraction and AFM techniques.

(Some graduate research assistantships may be available in cooperation with several nearby Federal Laboratories, in particular the National Institute of Standards and Technology, NIST, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, NREL).


The University of Denver is accredited as a doctoral degree-granting institution by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999