Welcome to the Boston College Department of Physics
Welcome to the Boston College Department of Physics. Our department’s primary focus is cutting-edge research concentrated in experimental and theoretical condensed matter physics. Over a relatively short period of time, we have become one of the leading condensed matter departments in the country. Some specific areas of current interest are superconductivity, photovoltaics, metamaterials, thermoelectrics, nanostructures and nanomaterials for biosensing, plasmonics, plasmas, topological insulators, novel electronic materials, and other strongly correlated electron systems.
Graduate students share in this research, gaining the technical and intellectual training needed for future success in the career paths of their choice. The department includes 17 faculty, numerous post-docs, and about 50 graduate students, all of whom are supported by teaching assistantships or research assistantships.
Significant research facilities are available to our graduate students. The Department of Physics is continually enhancing and supplementing these facilities and has developed strong ties to many outside facilities, including Los Alamos National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, the Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter (ICAM), Brookhaven National Laboratory, the Naval Research Laboratory, and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.
In addition to coursework and research participation, graduate students become members of the worldwide research community. Each week there are colloquia and seminars presented by leading physicists from around the country and world. The department is a close-knit community of scientists as well as part of the thriving Boston intellectual and scientific community, allowing for collaboration among local universities.
After years of study and research, we send our young physicists into the world to successful careers in many areas, including academic, industrial, and governmental positions. If this community is attractive to you, we invite you to learn more about our vibrant scientific environment by visiting bc.edu/physics.