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Department of Physics

264 Engineering/Physical Sciences Building
Bozeman, MT  59717-3840
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2016-2017 graduate programs in physics, astronomy, and other physical sciences

Montana State University

Department of Physics

Application deadline Application fee General GRE GRE Physics
Domestic: Fall: Jan 01 Domestic: $60 Yes, required.
Yes, required.
International: Fall: Jan 01 International: $60    

Research Specialties

Specialties for Degree Program

Research specialty Degree type
(Final degree/Enroute to PhD)
Astrophysics Theoretical Both
Atmosphere, Space Physics, Cosmic Rays Experimental Both
Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics Experimental Both
Biophysics Experimental Both
Condensed Matter Physics Both Both
Optics Experimental Both
Physics and other Science Education Experimental Both
Plasma and Fusion Theoretical Both
Relativity & Gravitation Theoretical Both
Solar Physics Both Both

Departmental Research and Staff





Neutron stars; active galactic nuclei; gamma-ray bursters.
Bennett Link, Sachiko Tsuruta

Condensed Matter Physics

Correlated many-body (collective) effects such as superconductivity and superfluidity; influence of magnetic fields, impurities, and fluctuations on superconducting properties.
John Hermanson

Physics and other Science Education

Developing and implementing innovative programs for primary and secondary teacher education; developing techniques in education of nonscience majors.
Gregory Francis, Shannon Willoughby

Relativity & Gravitation

Gravitational waves; black holes; quantum theory of gravity; early universe; experimental relativity.
Neil Cornish, Ronald Hellings, Gerald Wheeler, Nico Yunes


Atmosphere, Space Physics, Cosmic Rays

Space instrumentation, including ultraviolet optics, to investigate the high-speed dynamics of magnetic reconnection in solar flares; solar magnetic activity; auroral physics; magnetospheric physics; development of space technologies and small satellites; heliophysics.
Loren Acton, Richard Canfield, Angela DesJardins, Ronald Hellings, Charles Kankelborg, David Klumpar, Dana Longcope, Jiong Qiu

Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics

Linear and nonlinear optical laser spectroscopy; coherent optical transients; optical hole burning; Raman scattering; solid-state laser material.
William Babbitt, John Carlsten, Rufus Cone, Alan Craig, Mikhail Drobijev, Robert Leamon, Aleksander Rebane

Condensed Matter Physics

Measurements of physical properties to temperatures as low as 0.3 K; measurements of thermal expansion using a novel dilatometer capable of detecting subangstrom length changes of specimens to study phase transitions and critical phenomena; characterization of magnetic thin films, nanoparticles, and buried interfaces for spin-transport devices; X-ray absorption spectroscopy, magnetic circular dichroism, X-ray resonant magnetic scattering; ceramics for fuel cells fabricated and tested for their electrical properties; characterization of defects in advanced materials at the atomic level using EPR, ENDOR, and optical spectroscopy.
Recep Avci, Rufus Cone, Alan Craig, Yves Idzerda, Gerald Lapeyre, Robert Leamon, Galina Malovichko, John Neumeier, Paul Rugheimer, V. Schmidt, Richard Smith