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Species relationships devolve from jointly beneficial to competitive in benign environments.
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Summer Scholar Grant Smith works to establish parameters for making ferromagnetic thin films in the Luqiao Liu lab.
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A class he taught prompted Rainer Weiss to dream up LIGO––now he's a shoo-in for a Nobel Prize
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MIT-led team demonstrates paired topology and intrinsic magnetism in compound combining gadolinium, platinum, and bismuth.
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The Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC) seeks to provide research and educational opportunities for expanding the scientific understanding of the physics of plasmas, and to use that knowledge to develop both fusion power and non-fusion applications.
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Scientists find gas at center of Perseus cluster travels much more slowly than expected.
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A doctoral student and his adviser designed a tabletop particle detector they hope to make accessible to budding young engineering physicists.
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If discovered, sterile neutrinos may explain dark matter.
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Two potentially habitable planets in nearby system are confirmed to be rocky.
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Researchers demonstrate room-temperature ferroelectric states in ultra-thin films of tin and tellurium.
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Neutrinos traveling 450 miles have no individual identities, according to MIT analysis.
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Five School of Science faculty members granted tenure
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Introduction

The MIT Physics Department is one of the best places in the world for research and education in physics.  We have been ranked the number one physics department since 2002 by US News & World Report.  In recent years we have produced the largest numbers of undergraduate and doctoral degrees in physics of any university in the US.  Our successes are widely admired and emulated.

The Department has about 75 faculty, 280 undergraduate majors, and 245 graduate students.  Our research is organized into four primary research areas, pushing  back the frontiers of human understanding of space and time and of matter and energy in all its forms, from the subatomic to the cosmological and from the elementary to the complex. We have had four Nobel Prize winners since 1990. Four of our alumni have won Nobel Prizes since 1998, which reflects the outstanding quality of students we attract and the superb education they receive.

The Department has been the source of innovation in physics education for decades.  Seven members of our Department have won the Oersted Medal, the most prestigious award of the American Association of Physics Teachers.  Our most recent educational initiatives are the Technology Enabled Active Learningapproach to freshman physics, and an alternative flexible SB degree that has helped to more than double the number of physics majors since a decade ago.

Welcome to MIT physics,

Peter Fisher
Professor of Physics and
Head, Department of Physics