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The applied physics option is designed to extend knowledge of the principles of pure physics to the development of new technologies. Research in applied physics focuses primarily on problems of technological importance. Current areas of specialization within applied physics span a wide range of topics such as Photonics, Solid-state materials, Biophysics, Plasma-physics, and Hydrodynamics.
You can say, ‘everything is made out of atoms,' but it's a fundamentally different experience if you actually can see them... You say, ‘Hey, this is really true!' This is what a lab is all about, right?
Professor Axel Scherer
Bernard Neches Professor of Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics and Physics; Merkin Institute Professor