Welcome from the Physics Department Head

Amit ChakrabartiWelcome to the official web site of the Department of Physics at Kansas State University. The department has 27 permanent faculty, 11 postdoctoral fellows, 61 graduate students (almost all of them pursuing a PhD degree in physics), and 78 undergraduate physics majors and minors. We are a dedicated group of people striving for excellence in physics research and teaching as evidenced in our departmental mission statement.

Our faculty conducts research in atomic, molecular and optical physics, in condensed, soft and biological matter physics, in cosmology and high-energy physics, and in physics education.  You can read about our department ranking against our peer institutions and a summary of our faculty and student achievements in Bragging Rights.

Our undergraduate students receive personal attention from the faculty. Research experience as an undergraduate plays a major role in the education and training of our physics majors.  Our students have opportunities to participate in research beginning as early as their first year. They get first-hand experience working as a scientist throughout their careers at K-State.  Graduating students consistently comment that their research experience as an undergraduate was one of the most meaningful experiences as students at K-State. Undergraduate research experience has been instrumental in many of our students winning prestigious national fellowships. The department also offers research experiences for undergraduates from colleges around the country in the summer.

Our graduate students typically start their research after their first year and almost all will receive research assistantships during their tenure. The department offers excellent infrastructure in electronic shops and machine shops as well as computational and office staff support.  Students have ample opportunities to participate in off-site experiments and attend national and international conferences.  Our students finish their PhDs about a year less than the national average.

We are located in Manhattan which is a medium-sized college town located in the rolling Flint Hills of eastern Kansas surrounded by the famous tall grass prairie. The university offers exciting cultural and sports opportunities while students can enjoy the low cost of living.

Please take your time to peruse this website. If you are interested in majoring in physics as an undergraduate or pursuing a graduate degree in physics with us or just want to visit, please contact us at (785) 532-6786 or at graduate@phys.ksu.edu. If you are an alumnus or friend of the Physics department, I would love to hear from you directly; please send me an e-mail at amitc@phys.ksu.edu. You can also find us on Facebook.


Amit Chakrabarti William & Joan Porter Professor and Head 

This Week in Physics

Monday, April 14

Nuts & Bolts, 1:30 p.m., 119 CW 

PER Seminar by Xian Wu, KSUPER (Integrating Multiple Theories with Implications for Multimedia Learning), 2:30 p.m., 119 CW

Colloquium by by Martin Stockli, Oak Ridge National Lab, (Boosting Neutron-based Research by Ramping the SNS Accelerator to 1 MW), 4:30 p.m., 102 CW 

Tuesday, April 15

Faculty Meeting, 4:00 p.m., 119 CW 

Wednesday, April 16

AMO Seminar by Aihua Liu, KSU AMO (Laser-assisted XUV Few-photon Double Ionization of Helium: Joint Angular Distributions), 1:30 p.m., 144 CW 

PhD Defense by Wei Cao, KSU (Pump-Probe Study of Atoms and Small Molecules with Laser Driven High Order Harmonics), 3:00 p.m., 119 CW

Friday, April 18

DOE Faculty Meeting, 1:30 p.m., CW 220

CMS Seminar by Brendan Heffernan, KSU CMS (Developing a Physical Intuition for Light Backscatter) and Jessica Changstrom (Digestive Ripening of Gold and Silver Nanoparticles), 1:30 p.m., 119 CW  

Upcoming Events

2014 Neff Lecture

Recent Achievements

Department announces recipients of graduate student teaching, research awards

Physics graduate student Adam Summers receives honorable mention in NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Physics Students Selected Among Top Presenters in K-State Research Forum

D2H+ exhibits isotopic effects in its strong-field fragmentation

Physics Major Brendan Heffernan Nominated for Goldwater Scholarship

More Highlights from KSU Physics


2014 Newsletter Available