Welcome to the Department of Physics at Rutgers University-Newark. Find these Quick Links to learn more about our programs.


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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. 

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.

How You Will Learn

Instructors utilize a combination of active learning, Socratic method, and hands-on learning techniques to fully engage students in their physics education. Research professors offer opportunities to work in their NSF and commercially funded labs.

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Physics Programs


Message from the Chair

Chair Michele Pavanello Sitting


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!

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Student Co-Curricular Work

Learning Assistant Program at RU-N, Fall 2018

Top students are recruited to apply and work in the courses they have successfully completed. Being a Learning Assistant is a special status among science and math majors. Contact Caryn Sarnicki

Research News

Dr. Claudiu Stan Publishes in Nature Communications.

Dr.  Claudiu Stan and his collaborators made consecutive crystal diffraction measurements in less than a millionth of a second, using the world’s most advanced X-ray laser in Germany.

German Lab Facilities
Space explosion

Course Offerings

Astronomy and 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 


Diane Jammula

Diane Jammula

Associate Teaching Professor

Tatiana Morozova

Tatiana Morozova

Part-Time Lecturer

Claudiu Stan

Claudiu Stan

Assistant Professor

Michele Pavanello

Michele Pavanello

Associate Professor