Interested in getting involved in Physics research? Check out the list of UVA professors below who have research projects for undergraduates.


High Energy Physics
The experimental group participates in major research collaborations at the world’s leading particle accelerators in the U.S. and in Europe where we are able to study the most fundamental interactions of matter to elicit the inner workings of the natural world.
The Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics group acknowledges that the fundamental task of physics is to learn the rules of the basic interactions governing the behavior of matter and to search for new laws when present knowledge fails to answer the remaining mysteries of the observable universe.

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Experimental High Energy Physics


Theoretical High Energy Physics


Condensed Matter Physics
Condensed matter physics seeks to understand the striking new physical properties that may emerge when very large numbers of atoms or molecules organize into solids or liquids. Research in this area has led to fundamental breakthroughs in our understanding of metals, semiconductors and superconductors, as well as to the inventions of the transistor, diode laser, and integrated circuit.
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Experimental Condensed Matter Physics

Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics


Nuclear Physics
The Physics Department and the Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics support some of the leading research groups in this basic area of physics. Faculty members are the spokesmen for experiments that test fundamental aspects of nucleon and nuclear structure. These include experiments at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) on the origin of the nucleon’s spin, the details of the charge distribution of the neutron at Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (TJNAF), and a precision measurement of pion beta decay at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI).

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Experimental Nuclear Physics

Theoretical Nuclear Physics


Atomic, Molecular, and Optical
The fundamental goal of essentially all atomic and molecular physics is a complete understanding of the interactions of atoms and molecules with electromagnetic fields. These fields may be static or dynamic, originating within the atoms or molecules, or external to them. The experimental Atomic and Molecular groups in the Department of Physics use a wide variety of laser, electro-optical, and microwave equipment to study and manipulate the properties of atoms, molecules, and clusters.

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Medical and Biological Physics
Pure and applied research in biophysics is carried out in many departments at the University of Virginia. Interdisciplinary collaborations, colloquia, and special lectures by faculty with common interests in biophysics contribute to the Biological Physics Program within the Department of Physics.

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