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[2020/01] Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and Texas Tech University Join Forces to Develop 3D-Printed Face Masks. 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.


[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


[2019/04] Dr. Maccarone's research has been highlighted in the Texas Tech Today. Learn More


[2019/04] Hira Farooq (CMP) and Deven Bhakta (Astrophysics) received 1st and 2nd places, respectively, in the Physics category at the 18th Annual Graduate Research Poster Competition. Learn More


[2019/04] Ms. Boyce, Dr. Corsi, and Dr. Morehead were named the 2019 Raider Who Rocks for their outstanding achievements and activities within the Lubbock and Texas Tech communities.


[2019/03] Dr Corsi has been elected a Member-at-large of the Executive Committee of the APS Division of Gravitational Physics Learn More


[2019/03] Heather Harbin (physics major) has been selected for a summer internship sponsored by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory as part of the NINE Program Learn More


[2019/03] Hira Farooq (Condensed Matter Physics) and Paul Bennet (Astrophysics) were awarded TTU Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship.


[2019/03] Ginger Kerrick, a Physics Distinguished Alumna, has been appointed to the Texas Tech Board of Regents by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on March 6th. Learn More


[2019/03] Dr. Dario Carbone's accomplishments at the AAAS meeting have been featured on TTU ALIST. Learn More


[2019/02] Tyler Wang (HEP Ph.D. student) has been awarded a Graduate Student Research Support Award ($1,000). This funding is provided through the TTU Graduate School.


[2019/02] Priyadarshini Rajkumar (undergraduate student) has been accepted into an international summer internship project that will bring her to the UK to carry out research with the Liverpool Telescope.


[2019/02] Graduate Student, Milind Pattanayak, has been selected as the winner of the 2019 Ken Hass Outstanding Student Paper Award, sponsored by the APS Forum on Industrial & Applied Physics (FIAP). Learn More


[2019/02] Dr. Anna McLeod finds Stellar Jet, publishes discovery in journal 'Nature' Learn More: Texas Tech Today, A&S News, Nature


[2019/01] The team of Colin Brown, Ismael Alaniz, and Sadman Ahmed Shanto, under the supervision of Dr. Sanati has received a silver medal in the 2018 University Physics Competition. Two more teams have been honored as Accomplished Competitor. Learn MoreCertificate


[2019/01] Our astronomy program has been named the "Program of Excellence" of the Year by the Texas Higher Education Coordination Committee.


[2019/01] Graduate Student, Hira Farooq, received two Distinguished Student Awards (DCMP Graduate Student Travel Award & APS-FIP Distinguished Student Award) for the 2019 March APS Meeting in Boston.


[2019/01] Physics & Astronomy Researchers Observed Mysterious Behavior of 'The Cow' Learn More, CNN, Science,

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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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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 

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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]

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


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