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, optical physics, 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, CyberInfrastructure and Advanced Research Computing (CIARC), 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.

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Elevate Quantum awarded $40.5M to expand quantum ecosystem in Colorado, Mountain West Mines is part of regional consortium receiving federal funding to support efforts to strengthen the quantum workforce over the next decade.

The neutrino’s quantum fuzziness is beginning to come into focus “The ‘quantum properties of the neutrino’ stuff is a little bit of the Wild West at the moment,” says nuclear physicist Kyle Leach of Colorado School of Mines in Golden. “We’re still trying to figure it out.”

Elevate Quantum puts Colorado – and Mines – at forefront of future innovation.
Dr. Lincoln Carr, professor of physics and Mines’ representative to Elevate Quantum, talks about Colorado’s role as a quantum hub and what quantum engineering means to the future of computing.

Mines researchers, led by Physics Assistant Professor Zhexuan Gong, contribute to creation of world’s first quantum magnet in one dimension

Colorado designated as official tech hub for quantum industry. What does that mean?

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