Research

The Physics Department's Washington, D.C., location facilitates close collaboration with nearby federal and national laboratories, such as the Naval Research Laboratories, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, giving us unparalleled research and employment opportunities.

Students get hands-on experience with state-of-the-art computation and laboratory equipment in our laboratories at both our downtown and Virginia campuses. Research is ongoing in experimental condensed matter physics, theoretical condensed matter physics, experimental nuclear physics, theoretical nuclear physics, theoretical particle physics, and cross-disciplinary areas including: biophysics, coherent radiation phenomena, material applications and astrophysics.

Given the wide array of opportunities in the department, we encourage all of our undergraduate students to get involved with research while they are here.


On-Campus Research Opportunities

The Physics Department is involved with several different centers and institutes on campus that bring together the expertise and equipment to enable faculty and students a wide array of opportunities for collaboration:

Announcement of the Atomic Age

On the GW campus on January 26, 1939, Nobel Laureate Niels Bohr reported the splitting of the uranium nucleus with a release of two hundred million electron volts of energy, thus heralding the beginning of the atomic age. This announcement took place in the Hall of Government, Room 209, at the Fifth Washington Conference on Theoretical Physics organized by Professors George Gamow and Edward Teller.