Department of Physics & Astronomy

Recognizing our exceptional faculty

Read about the achievements of exceptional faculty members in teaching, research, mentorship and service.


An image of the Hamburg galaxy, a spiral disk in lit up in whites, yellows and pinks surrounded by the blackness of space, with some bright celestial objects dotting here and there.

Experience the universe for Dark Sky Week

April 22-30, join in local events honoring Utah’s phenomenal night skies.


Will crullers around black holes dance?

Shining doughnut-like structures come from the radiation of the accretion flow around the black hole.


Illustration of the telescope. A honeycombed-shaped golden mirror sits on top of a pink silver sun shield below floating in space.

Watch launch of biggest, most powerful telescope

U astronomer Anil Seth explains why the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope was a cosmically huge deal.


Cutting through noise for better solar cells

U physicists analyzed electrical noise to detect formerly invisible inefficiencies in solar cells and identified the physical processes that caused them. The technique could make future solar cells more efficient.


New effort to map the universe, unravel mysteries of ‘dark energy’

The international collaboration that includes the University of Utah aims to construct a 3-D map of the universe in more detail than ever before.


A headshot of Anil Seth, wearing glasses and a collared shirt, in front of a photo from a space telescope that shows millions of stars.

Black holes and humankind

Learn how understanding black holes can help us understand ourselves.


A wall of blue LED lights.

New perovskite LED emits a circularly polarized glow

LEDs led to the high-definition viewing experience we’ve come to expect from our screens. A new type of LED that utilizes spintronics could take displays to the next level.


Perseverance Rover’s journey to Mars

U alum Thomas Stucky, a KBRwyle engineer at NASA’s Ames Research Center, talked about NASA’s mission to search for life on Mars—and prepare for future human explorers.


FORGEing a new partnership

The new project includes hands-on and virtual heat conduction experiments.