The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the second largest university in the state, is located in Lafayette, the French Capital of Louisiana and the heart of Cajun and Creole culture.
In 2010 the Department of Physics celebrated its 75th anniversary. Over the years the department has created and nurtured a unique blend of applied and fundamental research to improve our understanding of the universe and to respond to the needs of our community. Our research efforts are primarily in the areas of physical acoustics, cosmology, Earth and planetary sciences, environmental physics, materials science, ion beam physics, and computational physics.
The Department of Physics will be actively collaborating with the newly formed School of Geosciences. Within this interdisciplinary venture, the Department will contribute to strengthening UL's new Geosciences direction through experimental, computational, and theoretical expertise in relevant areas such as acoustic sensing, Earth physics, materials science, environmental science, and underwater and atmospheric physics.
The Department offers the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Master of Science (M.S.) degrees in Physics. Every year about thirty undergraduate majors and ten graduate students master physics in our lecture halls and laboratories to prepare themselves for successful careers in science and engineering. Among our graduates are discoverers and renowned inventors: Dr. Robert Hamm developed linear accelerator systems for oncological radiation treatments and formed his own company to produce them; Dr. Felipe Gaitan, produced the first stable single-bubble sonoluminescence; and Dr. James Sabatier, who developed the first multibeam Laser Doppler Vibrometer for acoustic landmine detection to help alleviate a global crisis. Many of our graduates are now scientists at major research centers across the country (Sandia National Laboratories, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, NASA-Houston, and the Beckman Institute). Other graduates have been on the faculty at prestigious universities (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rice University, the University of Houston, Kansas State University, Louisiana State University, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and the University of Virginia). Others chose successful careers in engineering, medicine, business, law, and education.
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