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Michigan State University's Department of Physics and Astronomy is one of the top-ranked departments in the country. It offers many diverse courses in physics and astronomy. Undergraduate programs are available with different emphases and mixes with other branches of science and engineering. It also offers graduate (M.S. & Ph.D.) degree programs with specializations in many sub-fields.

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November 11, 2022 Ghost Particle Documentary Screened at Abrams Planetarium

Ghost Particle a science documentary that follows international efforts to understand the universe by studying neutrinos - the smallest of known parts - with some of the world’s largest experiments.

October 21, 2022 Two Faculty Elected APS Fellows

Danny Caballero and Huey-Wen Lin are the latest two MSU Department of Physics and Astronomy Faculty to be elected APS Fellows. The APS Fellowship Program was created in 1921 for those in the physics community to recognize peers who have contributed to advances in physics through original research, innovative applications, teaching, and leadership. 

May 2, 2022 Mohammad Maghrebi and Johannes Pollanen win prestigious NSF CAREER Awards

Department of Physics and Asrtonomy faculty members Mohammad Maghrebi and Johannes Pollanen have received 2022 NSF Early CAREER Faculty Awards. Their cutting-edge research is pushing the limits of theoretical and experimental quantum science, while their devotion to education is preparing the next generation of scientists to propel their field even further. The Early CAREER Faculty Award is one of NSF’s most prestigious grants and is given to faculty members who demonstrate leadership in research and education and have a passion for integrating the two.

March 18, 2022 New PRL Paper on Quantum Hair from Gravity

In a paper in Physical Reviews Letters, MSU Physics and Astronomy faculty member Stephen Hsu along with colleagues at the University of Sussex and the University of Pisa have shown that quantum gravitational effects allow black holes to have "quantum hair", that is to effect the properties of the universe outside of the event horizon. This overcomes No Hair theorems in classical general relativity, and may help resolve may resolve Hawking’s Black Hole Information Paradox, which has challenged physicists since 1976. 

March 18, 2022 MSU Alumnus and World Renowned Solar Physicist Eugene Parker Passes Away

It is with sadness that we pass on the news that MSU undergraduate alumnus and renowned solar physicist Eugene Parker has died at the age of 94. Dr. Parker received numerous accolades over an incredibly distinguished career as a solar physicist, among them having NASA’s Parker Solar Probe named after him. Dr. Parker and his family have also supported the department in many ways over the years, and we are very grateful to have known him and for their support.


January 20, 2022 Department Receives Undergraduate Education Award from APS

The Department of Physics and Astronomy has been selected by the American Physical Society for its 2022 Award for Improving Undergraduate Physics Education. This award recognizes a physics department at a U.S. university for its outstanding work in undergraduate physics education. At Michigan State we are grateful that the APS has recognized our work across the curriculum to deliver high quality physics education. This work follows a long history of physics and astronomy at MSU carrying out its land grant mission of excellence in research and teaching.