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[2020/09] Our undergraduate research team (R. Perez, S. A. Shanto, M. Moosajee, and S. Cano) published their research in the Journal of Undergraduate Reports in Physics. Learn More


[2020/09] Liliana Rivera's recent study has been featured as the Image of the Week in Gaia. Learn More


[2020/09] Drs. DeGottardi, Hodovanets, Kupfer, and Kim join us in fall 2020. Welcome to the department!


[2020/08] Congratulations to all the Physics and Astronomy graduates on your well-deserved success. You have made it! On behalf of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Congratulations and good luck in the future! Learn More


[2020/07] Liliana Rivera has been featured in Texas Tech Today regarding her three projects to study compact binaries with the Hubble Space Telescope. Learn More, Learn More


[2020/06] Distinguished alumna Ginger Kerrick has been featured in the Texas Tech Today regarding her pivotal role in the recent SpaceX Launch. Learn More


[2020/05] Congratulations to all the Physics and Astronomy graduates on your well-deserved success. You have made it! On behalf of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Congratulations and good luck in the future! Learn More [Video1] [Video2]


[2020/04] Sigma Pi Sigma induction ceremony took place virtually. During the event 9 undergraduates, 2 graduates and 1 faculty were inducted. Video


[2020/04] Physics undergraduate Trey Vincent has been featured in the Texas Tech Today regarding his study on copper-related defects in semiconductor silicon done with Prof. Estreicher. Learn More


[2020/04] Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and Texas Tech University Join Forces to Develop 3D-Printed Face Masks. Learn More


[2020/04] Dr. Alessandra Corsi and Dr. Beth Thacker who have been awarded a President's Excellence in Research Professorshipand a President's Excellence in Teaching Professorship, respectively.


[2020/03] Milinda Pattanayak (Experimental Condensed Matter Physics) has won the TTU Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship. This is the first time that our department has produced winners for three consecutive years.


[2020/03] Prof. Maccarone has been selected as an Integrated Scholar for 2020 by the Provost. Learn More


[2020/01] Dr. Corsi has been featured on Research Spotlight on Texas Tech Women Faculty on the OR&I's blog and social media. Learn More


[2020/01] Student Heather Harbin has been selected to receive the Texas Tech Parents Association's Student Achievement Leadership Award for her outstanding academic and leadership success in the College of Arts & Sciences STEM. Learn More, Learn More


[2019/12] Our SPS (Society of Physics Students) chapter has been selected for the second consecutive year as an Outstanding SPS Chapter for the 2018-2019 academic year by the American Institute of Physics (AIP). This prestigious award is only granted to SPS chapters that demonstrate their success by promoting and getting involved in a variety of activities. Learn More


[2019/12] The new book co-authored by Prof. Wigmans "Calorimetry for Collider Physics, an Introduction" has been reviewed by the CERN Courier. Learn More


[2019/12] Prof. Corsi recipient of the 2020 Edith and Peter O'Donnell Award in Science from the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST) for her paradigm-shifting research on the merger of stars and black holes. Learn More


[2019/11] Dr. Ungar was selected as a recipient of the Matador Award, one of the 2019 TTU Distinguished Staff Awards. Learn More


[2019/09] Graduate student Paul Bennet has been awarded observing time, along with associated grant funding, as PI, on the Hubble Space Telescope, funded by the Space Telescope Science Institute. Learn More


[2019/09] Dr. Corsi was selected as a 2019 APS Fellow for her exceptional contributions to the discovery of both gravitational wave sources and their electromagnetic counterparts. Learn More


[2019/09] Heather Harbin (physics major) has been featured in the Texas Tech Today regarding her excellent experience in summer internship sponsored by the NRAO as part of the NINE Program. Learn More


[2019/09] Dr. Kim (faculty), Dr. Chatzakis (faculty), Dr. Antoniou (Instructor and Observatory Director), Ms. Brazil (IT technician) join us in fall 2019. Welcome to the department!


[2019/08] Drs. Lee and Whitbeck's research has been highlighted in the Texas Tech Today. Learn More

Archive of Departmental News


Physics Eduacation

Sigma Pi Sigma website has been launched Learn More

Physics Eduacation

New issue of the PHYSICS@TTU newsletter has been published Learn More

Physics Eduacation

Texas Tech Astronomy Physics Group Celebrates Observation of Gravitational Waves Learn More

Physics Eduacation

 Texas Tech High Energy Physics Group Celebrates Announcement of Nobel Prize in Physics Learn More



The Texas Tech Physics & Astronomy Department is committed to achieving important research while still providing a high quality of education for our students at the undergraduate and graduate level. We have five active areas of research. For descriptions of current research topics at TTU, click Research Topics in each research area.




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3D Printed Face Masks

3DMask3D-printed mask prototypes created by researchers in the Center for Emerging Energy Sciences are being evaluated now by health professionals at University Medical Center. Learn More

2019 Joint Fall Meeting of APS/AAPT/SPS

We are pleased to have hosted the Joint Fall 2019 Meeting of the Texas Sections of the American Physical Society, the American Association of Physics Teachers, and the Society of Physics Students. The assembly was held on Thursday, October 24 and Saturday, October 26 on the TTU campus in Lubbock, TX. To learn more, visit the conference website [Photos]

Featured Video

TAMEST 2020 O'Donnell Award in Science: Alessandra Corsi, Ph.D. [Credit: TASMEST]

Neutron Stars [Credit: Texas Tech University/Marco Rodriguez]



Creating Learning Spaces [Credit: K. Griffith & C. Lee (STEP Program/TLDPC)]



The Sounds of Science [Credit: Texas Tech University/Sally Logue Post]

Featured Audio

Dr. Andrew Whitbeck talking about his research in particle physics. 


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