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[2021/06] Toni Sauncy, a Physics Alumna, has been named a 2021 Minnie Stevens Piper Professor Learn More


[2021/06] Our department ranked 151-200th (51-60th in U.S.) for the third consecutive year in the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2021. Learn More


[2021/05] 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 [Video], [Commencement Program]


[2021/05] Kyle Wipfli (Physics Education Research group) received a mini-grant of APS Forum on Education 2021. Learn More


[2021/04] Tanazza Khanam (Astrophysics) received TSAAPT award for her outstanding presentation at the Texas Sections of AAPT and APS meeting. Learn More


[2021/04] Undergraduate students (Shanto, Howard, and Cook) received awards at 2021 Undergraduate Research Conference. Learn More


[2021/03] The Quark, a monthly newsletter, published by SPS since 2017, has been featured in the latest issue of SPS Observers Magazine. Learn More [1] , [2], [3]


[2021/03] Satyanarayana Kachiraju (Experimental Condensed Matter Physics) received 2nd place 2nd place in the Science category at the 20th Annual Graduate Virtual Research Poster Competition. Learn More


[2021/03] Our department ranked 301-350th (66th in the U.S.) for the second consecutive year in the QS World University Rankings (by subject: Physics and Astronomy). Learn More


[2021/03] Ishtiaque Ahmed (Experimental Condensed Matter Physics) has won the TTU Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship. This is the first time that our department has produced winners for four consecutive years. Learn More


[2021/02] Dr. Kupfer interviewed a German science journalist about the importance of the early data release of the Gaia satellite. Learn More


[2021/02] Dr. Maccarone's recent research has been highlighted in the Texas Tech Today and an international collaboration, including Dr. Maccaron, reported their findings in the Science today. Learn More


[2021/02] Jacob Slocum and Amaris McCarver have been selected as the winner of the 2021 Office of Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program Award. Madison Howard has been accepted into CERN summer program.


[2021/01] Our WiP chapter has been selected as one of the few winners of the Women in Physics Group Grant this year by APS Committee on the CSWP. Learn More


[2021/01] Our SPS chapter has been selected for the third consecutive year as an Outstanding SPS Chapter for the 2019-2020 academic year by the American Institute of Physics (AIP). Learn More


[2020/12] Physics undergrads publish in Astrophysics journal. The paper is available at this link. Congrats. Learn More, Learn More


[2020/12] 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]


[2020/12] Liliana Rivera-Sandoval and Robert Baca were selected as recipient of the Matador Award, one of the 2020 TTU Distinguished Staff Awards. Learn More


[2020/10] Ahmad Jafari (CMP Ph.D. student) has been awarded a Graduate Student Research Support Award. This funding is provided through the TTU Graduate School.


[2020/10] Dr. Corsi has been named as one of “Top 10 Scientists to Watch” by ScienceNews magazine for her exceptional contributions to the multi-messenger astronomy. Congratulations Dr. Corsi! | Learn More | Learn More |


[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!

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.




The Texas Tech Commitment is our pledge to create a safe campus enivroment for students, faculty, and staff as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. [TTU][A&S]




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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]

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


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