• New UC Irvine faculty member Aomawa Shields studies the climate on distant planets. Her aim: find those most likely to host alien life.

  • In an ultra-clean laboratory 2 kilometers underground, the fundamental properties of neutrinos and dark matter can be studied, providing new insights into the laws of physics and the composition and evolution of the universe. Professor McDonald will discuss past and present measurements of the basic properties of these particles and the resulting impact on our understanding of the Sun, our galaxy, and our universe. Join us on March 1, 2017 for this annual lecture honoring Fred Reines. 


  • Franklin Dollar, assistant professor of physics & astronomy, grew up on a reservation in a home with no electricity. Now he studies ultra-high-intensity laser-plasma interactions and works to increase diversity in scientific fields. 

  • Professors Jonathan Feng and Tim Tait have shown that puzzling data in nuclear physics can be explained by a fifth fundamental force of nature with implications for the unification of forces and efforts to understand the dark matter that pervades the universe.

Seminars & Colloquia

Wed, 05/31/2017
4:00 pm
David M. Weld
Mon, 06/05/2017
11:00 am
Valeri Kotov
University of Vermont
Mon, 06/05/2017
4:00 pm
Huolin Xin
Brookhaven National Laboratory, Center for Functional Nanomaterials
Tue, 06/06/2017
11:00 am
Carlos Paz-Soldan
General Atomics

Support Physics & Astronomy

Scientists in the Department of Physics & Astronomy are working to expand our knowledge of the Universe, the laws of physics, and the behavior of matter and energy by examining everything from the smallest particles to the vast expanses of the cosmos. Your support will help continue impactful research and education. For more information on supporting the department's research  programs contact Marijana Lekousis at marijana@uci.edu.