18 June 2014  Donnelly group member Aaron Rosenthal (’15) working on the particle-delivery system for laser fusion experiments at the University of Texas at Austin. The setup slides into the target vacuum chamber and delivers micron-sized particles into the the UT Austin THOR laser beam. This laser produces 1-J pulses of 40 fs, which means that its peak power of 25 TW is more than 5 times the average power delivered across the US electrical grid!


18 May 2016

Calvin Leung (’17) Wins an Astronaut Scholarship

Rising senior physicist, Calvin Leung, has won a prestigious Astronaut Scholarship. The Astronaut Scholarship Program was created over 30 years ago by the six surviving Mercury 7 astronauts: Scott Carpenter, …

7 April 2016

Natasha Allen (’16) Wins a Watson Fellowship

Congratulations to senior Natasha Allen who has won a Watson Fellowship to explore issues of access to energy in a range of Third-World countries. Her proposed project is titled Switching On: The Pursuit …

5 April 2016

Sharon Gerbode named a 2016 Cottrell Scholar

Congratulations to Sharon Gerbode for becoming one of the 24 2016 Cottrell scholars selected by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. The recognition comes with a $100,000 grant to support …

29 March 2016

Jim Wu (’16) Wins NSF Graduate Fellowship

Congratulations to graduating senior Jim Wu on earning a NSF Graduate Fellowships in Physics. Jim is planning to study biophysics at Princeton starting in the fall.

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Physics at HMC

Why study physics at HMC?

Critical mass, for one thing. We have a large enough department to support a variety of research projects and enough majors to give you excellent odds of connecting with an excellent group of study buddies.

Can I participate in research?

Definitely! With 13 full-time faculty members, research activities in the department investigate quantum information, defects in colloids, laser-based fusion, thin-film magnetic systems, plant biomechanics, …

Where do our students go?

Somewhat more than half of physics majors head immediately to graduate school for PhDs in physics or related disciplines. The others find jobs as engineers, software developers, research assistants, data …

What can you do with a physics degree?

What’s a physics degree from HMC good for? Plenty. But don’t just take our word for it. Listen to what our alumni say.

What about the physics curriculum?

By design, the physics curriculum is lean enough to give physics majors an unconstrained elective each semester. With nine options, including astrophysics, biophysics, chemical physics, education, geophysics, …

What physics is in the Common Core?

Core physics begins with Special Relativity, which beautifully illustrates how careful reasoning from simple premises can teach you an incredible amount about how the world actually works—even if it isn’t …






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