• Physics

    Lasers, the internet, and space travel all exist thanks to physics. Physics attempts to understand the laws of nature and the relationship between energy and matter.

    A broad field, it encompasses mathematics, engineering, communications, biology, and electronics and provides students with critical thinking and problem solving skills. Physics majors are thus equipped for a wide variety of careers and graduate work from teaching to aerospace engineering.

    Our program focuses on opportunities for students to do meaningful, comprehensive research projects. These range from a first-year class allowing students to do independent research in lieu of the standard general physics lab, through a junior-level full-year course on a single project, to an honors project with plenty of summer research opportunities in between. Our coursework provides content and skills to allow students to be successful in these research endeavors.

    Check out our course listings for more information. Registration will open soon!

    2017 Malmstrom Lecture

    On November 10th, 2017, Hamline will host Dr. Anthony Leggett for this year's Malmstrom Lecture in Physics. He will be presenting in Sundin Music Hall at 12:45 pm, on the topic "What can we do with a quantum liquid?" The abstract is below. Physics students will also have the opportunity to engage with Dr. Leggett and his work at other events throughout the day.

    Abstract: Quantum liquids are physical systems which display the effects not only of quantum mechanics but also those of quantum statistics, that is of the characteristic indistinguishability of elementary particles. The most spectacular manifestations of quantum statistics are the phenomenon of Bose-Einstein condensation and the closely related one of Cooper pairing; in both cases a finite fraction of all the particles in the system are forced to all do exactly the same thing at the same time, and as a result effects which would normally be obscured by thermal noise may become visible, sometimes spectacularly so. Prof. Leggett will review some examples of such behavior in degenerate alkali gases, superconductors and superfluid helium-3.

    Learning Outcomes

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