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Research in the Department of Physics is roughly grouped into five areas:

In addition to these areas, individual faculty members have interests in other areas of physics, e.g., Biocomplexity, Network Theory, and Quantum Computing. Many active collaborations exist between physicists in these and other areas. It is not uncommon to find astrophysicists working with high-energy physicists or physicists working with computer scientists or biochemists or mathematicians.

Experimental groups in physics have laboratories and specialized instrumentation located within Nieuwland Science Hall. Additionally, the majority of the experimental physicists also conduct experiments at national or international laboratories. Also available to all experimental groups is a well-equipped machine shop, which is maintained by the department and staffed by highly skilled instrument makers, and a glassblowing shop operated by the Radiation Laboratory. Other University resources include multiple electron microscopes, x-ray diffraction facilities, scanning-probe (AFM, STM, etc.) systems, semiconductor fabrication facilities, surface characterization equipment, magnetic resonance imaging, and other equipment and centers. More information on ND Facilities and Resources can be found here.