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[2022/01] Dr. Damgov (lecturer) and Dr. Farooq (full-time instructor) join us in spring 2022. Welcome to the department!


[2021/12] Texas Tech broke ground on the new Academic Sciences Building, which will house teaching and laboratory space for five departments including Physics and Astronomy. Learn More: | Texas Tech Today | Local News 1,2 | Video |


[2021/12] Congratulations to all the Physics and Astronomy graduates! Learn More [Video1, Video2], [Commencement Program]


[2021/11] Joyce Norton featured in this month's Arts & Sciences Staff Spotlight. Learn More


[2021/10] On October 29 our department received a visit from Charlotte Hutcheson (third from left), who worked in our main office from 1965 to 1969 - more than 50 years ago!


[2021/10] Dr. Lee has been invited to serve on the Editorial Board for the Journal of the Korean Physical Society, an international journal published by the Korean Physical Society and Springer. Learn More


[2021/09] Congratulations to Dr. Alessandra Corsi for being awarded the 2022 New Horizons Physics Prize from the Breakthrough Foundation! | Learn More |


[2021/09] Drs. Hyunsoo Kim and Halyna Hodovanets were selected to receive a grant from the Helen Jones Foundation in support of "Promoting Science Identity of High School Students in Quantum Materials Science". | Learn More |


[2021/08] Dr. Thomas Kupfer recently received two grants from NASA's LISA preparatory science program and NSF's Astronomy and Astrophysics research grants.


[2021/08] Dr. Antoniou was selected to receive the 2021 Texas Tech Alumni Association Excellence Grant. Read More.


[2021/08] Dr. Tsai (lecturer) join us in fall 2021. Welcome to the department! Learn More


[2021/08] Congratulations to all the Physics and Astronomy graduates! Learn More [Video], [Commencement Program]


[2021/07] Dr. Kupfer's recent research has been highlighted in the Texas Tech Today and an international collaboration, including Dr.Kupfer, reported their discovery in the Nature Astronomy. Learn More: Texas Tech Today, Nature Astronomy


[2021/06] Dr. Romano shares in $17 Million grant. He is developing algorithms to detect gravitational waves Learn More


[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] Dr. Alexandra (Alex) Tetarenko, a newly selected prestigious NASA Einstein Fellow, will join our department this Fall. 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

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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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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. Whitbeck talking about his research in particle physics. 

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