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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 great odds of connecting with an excellent group of study buddies.

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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, …

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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 …

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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.

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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, …

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What physics is in the HMC 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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Students

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Faculty and Staff

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Weekly class schedule

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Courses

SEM of missing particles
 29 May 2014  Professor Donnelly’s group works on laser-based fusion, for which they need to deliver micron-size particles to the focus of the THOR laser. They use a second laser pulse to blast particles off a prepared silicon wafer. This scanning electron micrograph shows the damage left on the silicon wafer after the ablation pulse has cleared an area of 2-micron-diameter spheres. The hexagonal close packing pattern of dots of damage suggest that either some sort of lensing is occurring performed by the spheres or the residue which holds the spheres in place remains on the surface after ablation.