Research Overview

Physical Science Building at Dusk

The Physics Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst offers a breadth of outstanding research, probing the structure of matter, fundamental symmetries and forces of nature through complementary experiments and theoretical studies.

Condensed Matter Experiment

Goleden Eye of Sauron

Condensed Matter Physics is a vibrant, exciting, diverse and robust field of Physics. It studies anything that is bigger than an atom and smaller than a mountain, and includes collective behavior that is classical or quantum. New discoveries are frequent, many with applications to technology and direct benefit to society. The experimental programs at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst span a broad spectrum array of energy and size scales.

Experimental Particle and Nuclear Physics

Particle Table of the Elements

We explore the properties of nature's fundamental building blocks through diverse experiments including the DarkSide and LZ experiments to search for dark matter, the nEXO experiment to look for neutrinoless double beta decay, the g-2 experiment to measure the magnetic dipole moment of the muon, the PRIMEX experiment to measure the neutral pion lifetime, pion and proton polarizability experiments at Jefferson Lab and Mainz, and the ATLAS experiment at CERN to explore a wide array of fundamental interactions.

Fundamental Interactions Theory

Time Lapse Universe

We are a group of faculty members, postdocs and students whose research spans a continuum from the interface of nuclear and high energy physics through Standard Model physics and new phenomena beyond the Standard Model into theoretical cosmology and classical and quantum gravity.