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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 30 permanent faculty, 13 postdoctoral fellows, 66 graduate students (almost all of them pursuing a PhD degree in physics), and 88 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 on our Achievements page.

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. Many of 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 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 20

MS Defense by Aram Vajdi, K-State AMO (Experimental Study of Strong-Field Ionization and High Harmonic Generation and Strong Field Ionization), 9:00 am, CW 119

Physics Club Sandwich Feed, 11 am -1:00 pm, CW 119

Nuts & Bolts, 1:30 pm, CW 119

PER Seminar by Bahar Modir, K-SUPER (The role of visual cueing and display design on student attention and problem solving in physics) and Tianlong Zu-KSUPER (Effects of Visual Cues and Video Solutions on Student Reasoning and Correctness on Physics Problems), 2:30 pm, CW 119

Colloquium by Risa Wechsler, Stanford Univ. (The Dark Universe from Cosmological Surveys), 4:30 pm, CW 102

Tuesday, April 21

PhD Defense by Shuo Zeng, K-State AMO (Understanding Diatomic Molecular Dynamics Triggered by a Few-Cycle Pulse), 10:00 am, CW 119

Wednesday, April 22

AMO Seminar by Anh-Thu Le, K-State AMO (Rescattering physics in polyatomic molecules), 2:30 pm, CW 145

MS Defense by Brandon Rigsbee, K-State AMO (Coherent Control over Strong-Field Dissociation of Heteronuclear, Diatomic Molecules), 2:30 pm, CW 119 

Thursday, April 23

Astro/Cosmo Hour, 1:30 pm, CW 119

PULSAR Operators, 1:30 pm, CW 220

Optical Society of America, 2:30 pm, CW 220

Particle Fever Viewing followed by Q&A Session led by Tim Bolton, 5:00 pm, CW 220 

Friday, April 24

Condensed Matter Seminar by Bin Liu, K-State Chemical Engineering (TBA), 1:30 pm, CW 144

DOE Faculty Meeting, 1:30 pm, CW 220 

Upcoming Events

Particle Fever

Film screening of 'Particle Fever' Thursday, April 23, followed by a Q&A on the discovery and science of the Higgs boson

2015 Peterson Lecture Poster

Author, journalist Michael Brooks to deliver 2015 Peterson General Public Lecture in Physics

Recent News & Achievements 

Physics announces 2014-15 awardees of graduate student departmental teaching and research awards

Department Releases 2015 Newsletter

Physics faculty organize Faraday discussion meeting

Physics professor quoted in article

In memory of Chander P. Bhalla

Undergraduate physics researcher earns inaugural research grant

University nominates physics major Joshua Nelson for Goldwater Scholarship

Video highlights 2014 NSF REU Program in Physics at Kansas State University

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