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Understanding the Universe Starts Here

The KU Department of Physics & Astronomy is a bridge to understanding the world, educating future physicists and astronomers, unearthing new scientific discoveries, and challenging the perception of the Universe. Through the commitment that faculty, students, and staff have to transformational education and interdisciplinary research, "Understanding the Universe Starts Here," at the KU Department of Physics & Astronomy.

Undergraduate research in Engineering Physics

Undergraduate Program

Discover information about earning a degree in physics, astronomy, and more!

A Large Hedron Collider at CERN

Graduate Program

Information about the Graduate Program - including degrees options, resources, and more!

One of the department graduate students in a zoom call

Department Testimonials

A video from department faculty, students, and staff. See why they chose KU Physics & Astronomy!

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Professor Hui Zhao's laser lab

KU Physics & Astronomy Research

Our Research
2022 Physics & Astronomy Department Banquet

KU Physics & Astronomy DEI Efforts

Our DEI Efforts

KU Physics & Astronomy News

How dangerous are nearby supernovae to life on Earth?

From a distance, supernovae explosions are fascinating. A star more massive than our sun runs out of hydrogen and becomes unstable. Eventually, it explodes and releases so much energy it can outshine its host galaxy for months.


The MacArthur Foundation announced that Steven Prohira as a Class of 2022 MacArthur Fellow.

Christophe Royon - 2022 Gold Medal Award from the Mexican Physical Society, Division of Particle and Fields

Christophe Royon, Foundation Distinguished Professor at the Department of Physics & Astronomy, was awarded the 2022 gold medal of the Mexican Physical Society, Division of Particle and Fields "for his leadership in the discovery of odd-gluon state odderon from elastic proton-proton and proton

Graduate Student Appreciation Week

In honor of our graduate students and in recognition of Graduate Student Appreciation Week, the department will be hosti