We are a growing, internationally recognized department with strong research and academic programs. Our well-published faculty members lead research projects funded by the federal government and industry. Our strengths are in atomic & molecular physics and experimental & theoretical condensed matter physics. We provide excellence in research and teaching, and connections to industry while maintaining a friendly work environment.  Our cutting-edge facilities include instruments for isotopic laser spectroscopy, excimer physics, advanced magnetic resonance techniques, surface physics, and state-of-the-art supercomputers. Interdisciplinary research is available in collaborations with faculty members of Rutgers-New Brunswick, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Undergraduate Program in Physics

Graduate Program in Physics

How You Will Learn

The applied physics program is offered jointly by the physics departments at Rutgers University-Newark and the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). The program in physics is designed to enable a major to graduate with with a broad background in physics and, at the same time, to relate that background to work in many high-technology industries, such as microelectronics, laser technology, and systems design/control. 

On a competitive basis, interested and qualified students will have the opportunity to participate in ongoing research within the department and in undergraduate research programs organized or sponsored by the American Institute of Physics, the National Science Foundation.

Message from the Chair

Michele Pavanello, physics chair


We are a cohort of proud scientists with one goal in mind: developing the next best idea in Physics while having as much fun as we can.

If you are considering joining our department as a Graduate Student (PhD or Masters), please, do not hesitate to contact me at m.pavanello@rutgers.edu or a particular faculty member whose research projects interest you. If you wish to visit us, we offer paid summer internships to prospective students (graduate and undergraduate).

Rutgers-Newark is the most diverse campus in the USA, and as such we celebrate diversity, including scientific diversity. If you are considering a multidisciplinary project involving, for example, Physics and Materials Science or Physics and Math, you are looking in the right department!

Students in the active learning physics lab

Smith Hall Room 212
101 Warren St.
Newark, NJ 07102
United States

Tel: 973-353-1312

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Space explosion

Course Offering

Astronomy Cosmology 109

Learn about the solar system, white dwarfs, neutron stars, black holes and the early universe.
No Pre-requisites! Open to non-science and science majors.
Course number 21:750:109 


Martin Schaden

Martin Schaden

Associate Professor

Zhen Wu

Zhen Wu


James Reilly

James Reilly

Assistant Instructor

Tatiana Morozova

Tatiana Morozova

Part-Time Lecturer