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Our department is driven by an engaged faculty pursuing fundamental research and eager to develop the next generation of scientists.

Our physicists helped put our state on the periodic table, study multi-messenger astronomy and explosive stellar events, and search for new physics with their colleagues at CERN. They describe the properties of nuclei and neutrons and test the limits of superconductivity with new models and novel materials. With lab-on-a-chip devices and pattern formation studies, they merge physics and biology at the cellular level. They're building an interdisciplinary approach to lead transformative research on quantum materials and devices, information science, and artificial intelligence. Our students have a breadth of research opportunities on campus, at nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and at facilities all over the world to set them on the path to promising careers.

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Our faculty includes 3 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and 10 fellows of the American Physical Society, among other departmental honors.


The flagship campus of the University of Tennessee System and partner in the Tennessee Transfer Pathway.