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About Physics & Applied Physics

Letter from the Chair

"Establishing the Foundation of Physical Insight for Emerging Technologies in Every Student"

Development efforts spanning several decades have established the University of Massachusetts Lowell’s Physics Department as a leader in materials science, device-fabrication techniques and source/detection technologies. Our faculty direct externally funded centers and conduct pioneering, cutting-edge research in nuclear physics, radiation science, terahertz technologies, advanced materials, photonics device fabrication techniques, and biomedical photonics applications.

UMass Lowell's Radiation Laboratory remains a unique facility for government- and corporate-sponsored nuclear research. The laboratory has a 5.5MV Van de Graaff accelerator and a 1MW research reactor. The department's nuclear physics and radiological science programs have benchmark academic and research activities in radiation detector development, nuclear spectroscopy, radiation protection and medical physics.

With our philosophy of "Establishing the Foundation of Physical Insight for Emerging Technologies in Every Student," our faculty continue to search for and recruit select groups of students interested in continuing their studies in the aforementioned areas of research.

Check out our research brochure "Merging Science with Technology (pdf)."

Robert H. Giles, Ph.D.
Department of Physics and Applied Physics