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Physics is the study of everything natural. From quarks to the universe, nothing escapes the all-seeing eye of the physicist. Different fields of specialty cover the various topics.
- Particle physics is the study of tiny particles; such as quarks, electrons, neutrinos, and various other exotic objects.
- Nuclear physics is the study of the reactions and forces that make up the structure of an atomic nucleus.
- Solid State physics is the study of the microscopic and macroscopic behavior of solids.
- Biophysics is the study of the physical properties of biological structures; such as DNA and organs.
- Fluid Dynamics is the study of the behavior of fluids; such as macroscopic flow and diffusion.
- Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics are the study of the overall behavior of many atoms acting together.
- Astrophysics is the study of the properties of stars, planets, galaxies and the interstellar medium.
- Cosmology is the study of the properties of the universe as a whole.
Many of these fields have direct applications to the everyday world, while some deal with rather exotic circumstances and places. But all speak to an understanding of our place in the universe and how it works.
Research in Physics and Astronomy at UT-Martin
There are several opportunities for students to conduct research in physics and astronomy at UT-Martin. Working in cooperation with different faculty members can give a student a taste of what "real" physics is all about. See our web page for a brief description of projects and links to research pages.
Outreach for K-12 Teachers
The physics and astronomy faculty at UT-Martin would like to serve as a focal point in physics and astronomy education for local schools. Direct assistance on specific projects, presentations to classes, and sharing of resources, are ways we can help improve West Tennessee physics and astronomy education. See our web page for the programs and points of contact.
Dr. Lionel Crews
Dr. Cahit Erkal
Dr. Misganaw Getaneh
Dr. Linghong ("Lily") Li