Atomic, Molecular and Optical PhysicsAtomic, Molecular and Optical Physics


Condensed Matter PhysicsCondensed Matter Physics


Soft Matter, Nonlinear and Statistical PhysicsSoft Matter, Nonlinear and  Statistical Physics

Solar and Energy SciencesSolar and Energy Sciences

Graduate research in physics at UC Merced

UC Merced features interdisciplinary research, connecting physics research to chemistry, life sciences and engineering. Our collaborative faculty work with students on a broad range of research topics.

Read more on the different research fields represented at UC Merced Physics at the individual faculty lab sites here:







The physics group also includes several affiliate faculty from other UC Merced graduate groups. Physics students may also carry out their physics graduate research with these groups.

Centers, Institutes and Resources

Contact Us

Physics Graduate Group Chair

Linda Hirst, Professor

Physics Undergraduate Lead
Jay Sharping, Associate Professor
Physics Bylaw Unit Chair
Kevin Mitchell, Professor
Physics Mailing Address
University of California, Merced
5200 North Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343


Centers and Institutes



UC Solar


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University of California, Merced
The first new American research
university in the 21st century, with a
mission of research, teaching and service.
University of California, Merced
5200 North Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343
T: (209) 228-4400
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