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.

American Physical Society Meeting 2017 - Far West Section

UC Merced is hosting the 2017 APS Far West Meeting!  More information can be found on the poster or the meeting website.  Abstracts can be submitted via the APS website.

2017 Annual Meeting - America Physical Society Far West Section. Click for more info.

Featured News

November 15, 2017

National security and a beautifully resonant violin have found a surprising link — a classic experiment in acoustics, recently replicated at the quantum scale as part of a collaborative project on quantum-enhanced motion sensing. UC Merced Professor...

group in front of 120" telescope dome
October 6, 2017

UC Merced students visited Lick Observatory for a tour of the telescopes, lecture on the history of the site, and evening of observing through the historic 36-inch Great Refractor telescope. Prof. David Strubbe brought 14 students to see the site on Mt....

September 20, 2017

On Sept. 22, MacArthur "Genius" Award winner and Stanford University bioengineering Professor Manu Prakash will deliver the keynote lecture at the first annual open house for UC Merced’s Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Machines (CCBM), a National...

August 28, 2017

The 2017 meeting of the American Physical Society's Far West Section will be held at UC Merced on Nov. 3-4, 2017.  More information can be found on the the meeting website, and abstracts can be submitted via the APS website.  

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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