Welcome from the Physics Department Head

Amit ChakrabartiWelcome to the official web site of the Department of Physics at Kansas State University. The department has 30 permanent faculty, 13 postdoctoral fellows, 66 graduate students (almost all of them pursuing a PhD degree in physics), and 88 undergraduate physics majors and minors. We are a dedicated group of people striving for excellence in physics research and teaching as evidenced in our departmental mission statement.

Our faculty conducts research in atomic, molecular and optical physics, in condensed, soft and biological matter physics, in cosmology and high-energy physics, and in physics education.  You can read about our department ranking against our peer institutions and a summary of our faculty and student achievements on our Achievements page.

Our undergraduate students receive personal attention from the faculty. Research experience as an undergraduate plays a major role in the education and training of our physics majors. Our students have opportunities to participate in research beginning as early as their first year. They get first-hand experience working as a scientist throughout their careers at K-State. Graduating students consistently comment that their research experience as an undergraduate was one of the most meaningful experiences as students at K-State. Undergraduate research experience has been instrumental in many of our students winning prestigious national fellowships. The department also offers research experiences for undergraduates from colleges around the country in the summer.

Our graduate students typically start their research after their first year and almost all will receive research assistantships during their tenure. The department offers excellent infrastructure in electronic shops and machine shops as well as computational and office staff support. Students have ample opportunities to participate in off-site experiments and attend national and international conferences. Many of our students finish their PhDs about a year less than the national average.

We are located in Manhattan which is a medium-sized college town in the rolling Flint Hills of eastern Kansas surrounded by the famous tall grass prairie. The university offers exciting cultural and sports opportunities while students can enjoy the low cost of living.

Please take your time to peruse this website. If you are interested in majoring in physics as an undergraduate or pursuing a graduate degree in physics with us or just want to visit, please contact us at (785) 532-6786 or at graduate@phys.ksu.edu. If you are an alumnus or friend of the Physics department, I would love to hear from you directly; please send me an e-mail at amitc@phys.ksu.edu. You can also find us on Facebook.


Amit Chakrabarti

William & Joan Porter Professor and Head 

This Week in Physics

Monday, September 15

Nuts & Bolts, 1:30 p.m., CW 119

PER Group Meeting with Jo Clay, 2:30 p.m., CW 119

Colloquium by Jo Clay, Washington State University Math, (Student Learning in Inquiry-based STEM Classrooms), 4:30 p.m., CW 102

Tuesday, September 16

PhD Defense by Varun Makhija (Laser-Induced Rotational Dynamics as a Route to Molecular Frame Measurements), 4:30 p.m., CW 119

Wednesday, September 17

HEP Seminar by Lado Samushia, KSU HEP (The Clustering of the SDSS Main Galaxy Sample: New Results from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey), 1:30 p.m., CW 119

AMO Seminar by Jyoti Rajput, K-State AMO (Orientation and alignment effects in ion-induced fragmentation of water molecules), 1:30 p.m., CW 144

Friday, September 19

CMS Seminar by Amit Chakrabarti, K-State CMS (The eclectic nature of soft matter physics research), 1:30 p.m., CW 119

DOE Faculty Meeting, 1:30 p.m., CW 220

Upcoming Events

Kay Meggers to present the 2014 Neff lecture on Thursday, September 25, in McVay Town Hall (Room 114), Leadership Studies

2014 Nichols Distinguished Alumni Lecture to be presented by Jim Chelikowsky on Monday, September 29, in Hale Library Hemisphere Room

Recent Achievements 

Brett DePaola appears in the new SCIENCE 2034 podcast, Building a Better Atomic Clock

Researchers demonstrate the beauty of science through artistic expression

Physics research removes outcome unpredictability of three atoms binding at ultracold temperatures

Multimillion-dollar grant helps researchers shed light on ultrafast dynamics

Undergraduate Major (and Former Professional Drummer on Tour with Sara Evans & Martina McBride) Jeff Murray Featured in Summer A&S Letters

Zollman announced as one of  University's Oz to Oz program  inaugural recipients

More Highlights from KSU Physics


2014 Newsletter