A Message from the Chair

Peter Taborek
Professor of Physics & Department Chair
Physics & Astronomy

Phone:  (949) 824-2254,   Fax: (949) 824-2174  
Email: ptaborek@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
4129H Frederick Reines Hall
Irvine, CA  92697-4575

The Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of California, Irvine (UCI) has created an outstanding environment within which to pursue an advanced degree in physics and related fields. We have assembled, and are continuing to assemble, a faculty of outstanding educators and first-rate researchers in several fields of physics and astronomy. We have strong programs, not only in the core areas of particles, plasmas, condensed matter, and astronomy, but in such interdisciplinary fields as biological, chemical and medical physics.

Founded in 1965, the Department is old enough to have had some major accomplishments (as the late Professor Frederick Reines' 1995 Nobel Prize so eloquently attests), but young enough to be forward-looking. We were among the first major physics departments in the country to incorporate modern computational methods into the regular curriculum. We have created theory groups in cosmology and particles that are highly interactive. We have developed a condensed matter program of quality and breath. The theory and experimental particle activities are mutually supportive and highly interactive. The plasma research program contains complementary theory and experimental activities. In addition we are situated in a rapidly growing, high-tech area, which contributes to a research-friendly environment. When you add this intellectual environment to the physical environment with its attributes of an unsurpassed year-round climate, beautiful surroundings, and close proximity to the Pacific Ocean, we believe the combination is close to ideal.