Cutting-edge research is carried out in:
- nuclear physics
- elementary particle physics
- condensed matter and biophysics
- atomic physics
Graduate and undergraduate students work with the faculty using local facilities as well as research facilities located in places such as Arizona (the Large Binocular Telescope on Mt. Graham), Illinois (Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory), and Europe (CERN and Grenoble, France). Some of the facilities available on campus include the Nuclear Structure Laboratory with its three Van de Graaff accelerators, the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Laboratory, and the Molecular Beam Epitaxy facility.