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 21

Nuts & Bolts, 1:30 p.m., 119 CW 

PER Seminar by Elise Agra, KSUPER (Can Eye Movements Reveal Insight During Problem Solving? Evidence from Literature), 2:30 p.m., 119 CW

Colloquium by by See Leang Chin, Univ. Laval Canada (When a Dot of Intense Laser Light Pierces through Air....), 4:30 p.m., 102 CW 

Wednesday, April 23

AMO Seminar by Utuq Ablikim, KSU AMO (Three Body Fragmentation of Triatomic Molecular Ions in   Strong Laser Field – Symmetric & Asymmetric Braek Up of CO23+ Ions) and Jan Tross, KSU AMO (Interferometric measurements with High Harmonic Generation), 1:30 p.m., 144 CW 

Friday, April 25

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

CMS Seminar by Yuba Raj Dahal, KSU CMS (Toy Model for Protein Crystallization: Growth of Solids from a Two Component Asymmetric Mixtures of Particles), 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