The Department of Physics at Colorado School of Mines is dedicated to high-quality physics education for undergraduate and graduate students and advancing the world’s knowledge in the areas of condensed matter physics, applied optics, quantum physics, renewable energy physics, and subatomic physics.

Education and Research

Our faculty and students at all levels conduct more than $6 million in externally funded research every year, with many projects associated with Mines’ pioneering research centers.

Research centers with strong connections to Physics include the Mines/NREL Nexus, High Performance Computing (HPC), the Microintegrated Optics for Advanced Bioimaging and Control Center (MOABC), and the Nuclear Science and Engineering Center (NuSEC).

Our faculty are consistently recognized for both their research and their teaching, while our graduate and undergraduate students are often the recipients of awards and grants.

Physics is also heavily involved with Mines’ interdisciplinary graduate programs in Materials Science, Nuclear Engineering, and Quantum Engineering.

Watch the video below to learn more about the varied and exciting physics research taking place at Mines.



Meenakshi Singh, associate professor of physics at Colorado School of Mines, has won a Fulbright-Nehru Professional and Academic Excellence Award to conduct quantum physics research at one of the top research institutes in India. Read more >>

5 Mines professors named University Distinguished Professors, two from Physics

University Distinguished Professor
Dr. Jeff Squier, Professor of Physics
University Distinguished Teaching Professor
Dr. Kristine Callan, Teaching Professor of Physics

Physics associate professor, Dr. Meenakshi Singh, selected as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar for 2023-2024 for India

Mines team has lead role in international partnership, launch set for April (May)

EUSO-SPB2 Information

Searching for ghost particles with a mechanical sensor
Researchers have proposed a new method to search for invisible particles called sterile neutrinos using a glass nanoparticle suspended by laser light.

Mines, CSU researchers combine classical, quantum optics for super-resolution imaging
Mines Jeff Squier and Colorado State’s Randy Bartels were recently awarded $1.2M grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to pursue dynamic imaging work

Mines professor named to prestigious cohort of experimental physicists for subatomic research
Kyle Leach, associate professor of physics, was awarded a grant by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Moon, Earth, Webb Telescope images, NASA