Physics at UC Merced

Physics at UC Merced leverages our unique academic atmosphere that fosters interdisciplinary research - connecting the physical sciences to life sciences, material sciences and engineering. We focus on three main areas of research — biological and soft matter physics, condensed matter and materials physics, and atomic, molecular and optical physics — that synergize with each other, allowing for collaborations that approach problems from distinct perspectives. Our graduate and undergraduate students pursue their degrees while working on a broad range of cutting-edge research topics in one of the most diverse departments in the country.

Featured News

April 19, 2017

After a fierce round of competition during the GradSlam! finals on April 13, environmental systems student Byran Fuhrmann emerged as UC Merced’s new GradSlam! campus champion. For winning the competition — in which graduate students give 3-minute TED-...

April 6, 2017

Astronaut Tammy Jernigan, who completed five missions aboard U.S. space shuttles, will speak to students, faculty and staff in a special presentation during the annual open house for the Merced nAnomaterials Center for Energy and Sensing (MACES) Center....

March 21, 2017

Researchers at UC Solar have developed and tested an innovative solar thermal-powered process for turning the pomace, or byproduct, of vegetable and fruit processing into reusable products, potentially lowering food-processing plant costs and reducing...

February 6, 2017

In recent publications, Professor Vincent Tung proves that inspiration for advancements in materials science can come from anywhere — even the merging of raindrops on a windshield or the sheeting of red wine down the inside of a glass. Through those...

Faculty

Our active, diverse group of faculty is enthusiastic, driven and invested in student success. Our team is large enough to offer rigorous and comprehensive training but small enough that students receive a lot of personal attention.

Interdisciplinary Research

UC Merced's academic structure and physical proximity make collaborative opportunities with other research groups the rule rather than the exception.

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Welcome to Physics at UC Merced

Access to World Class Resources
As the 10th campus of the University of California, UC Merced draws on the outstanding resources of the UC system, a world renowned center for research and education. The research groups in this graduate group have access to major facilities, such as state of the art laser systems, an electron microscopy facility, a nanofabrication facility and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy on campus. Other large facilities, such as synchrotron light sources, located at Stanford University and UC Berkeley labs, are within two hours of driving distances. Students also have access to the extensive library holdings and journal subscriptions of the UC system.

 

Celebrating Diversity

The second-largest program within the School of Natural Sciences, our graduate group celebrates diversity. Five of the 13 faculty members are women and 43 percent of our students are either underrepresented minorities or women, which makes our group among the most diverse in the country.

Research focused undergraduate education

Undergraduate students at UC Merced have a rare opportunity to take part in scientific research with world-renowned research groups in cutting-edge fields such as atomic, molecular and optical (AMO) physics, soft matter and biophysics, solar energy sciences, nanoscience, or materials science. During the senior year all students work closely with a faculty advisor to design and carry out a research project, with many starting their research work in earlier years.

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Physics Graduate Group Chair
Sayantani Ghosh, Associate Professor
 
Physics Undergraduate Lead
Lin Tian, Associate Professor
 
Physics Bylaw Unit Chair
Kevin Mitchell, Professor
 
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University of California, Merced
5200 North Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343
 
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Merced, CA 95343

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The first new American research
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University of California, Merced
5200 North Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343
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