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Welcome to the Department of Physics at Colorado State University! Physics, the most fundamental of sciences, is the study of motion, matter and energy at scales ranging from the cosmological to subatomic. At CSU, you will receive a practical, hands-on, and individualized education at a leading research institution.

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Department Highlights

Danielle Yahne and Derek Doyle receive DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Award

Congratulations to both Danielle Yahne and Derek Doyle on receiving a DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) award! Danielle Rose Yahne received an SCGSR award for her priority research area

Teaching in the Age of Covid

Faculty and staff members have undertaken herculean teaching efforts in for both the fall, summer, and  and spring semesters due to the COVID pandemic. The transition to remote and hybrid courses, while challenging, also allowed faculty to re-envision their courses and adapt their teaching

Catching up with Tim Walton

We caught up with Tim Walton, who received his Ph.D. in 2016. Walton currently works at a plasma physics software company in Madison, WI called Prism. He also recently was a 2nd author on a recent Nature paper

Assistant Professors Granted Early Career Awards

This fall, Assistant Professor Hua Chen received a three-year, $450,000 Early Career award from the National Science Foundation to support his theoretical work on Novel Electronic and Magnetic Dynamics and Responses in Non-collinear Magnetic Materials.   Assistant Professor Mike Mooney also received a five-year, $750,000


New research consortium will invest in next-generation solar energy technology

Colorado State University, the Wright Center for Photovoltaics at the University of Toledo, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have teamed with U.S.-based companies to form the U.S. Manufacturing of Advanced Cadmium Telluride photovoltaics consortium.

Ray, Wilson recognized as Professor Laureates by CSU College of Natural Sciences

Colorado State University’s College of Natural Sciences will recognize the achievements of two outstanding faculty members at this spring’s 2021 Professor Laureate Awards: Indrakshi Ray, a professor in the Department of Computer Science, and Robert Wilson, a professor in the Department of Physics.

Electrical engineering society names Mingzhong Wu a 2021 Fellow

IEEE cited Wu for his achievements in spintronics and magnetization.

Professor Jim Sites establishes endowed professorship for Department of Physics

The first such professorship within the department, the endowment provides research operations funds for an incoming faculty member.




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400 Isotope Drive

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Physics Department
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Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-601


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