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Department ofPhysics


  • Dr. Balsa Terzic to join Department of Physics in Fall 2014.
  • Joeseph Newton has been selected to receive this year's Provost's Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher.
  • Dr. Declan De Paor receives the ODU 2014 Teaching with Technology Award.
  • A second paper by Professor Ian Balitsky reaches 1000 citation mark. (I.I. Balitsky, "Operator Expansion for High-Energy Scattering," Nucl. Phys, B 463 (1996) 99). The first was I.I. Balitsky, "The Pomeranchuk Singularity in Quantum Chromodynamics," Sov.J.Nucl.Phys 28 (1978) 822.
  • Dr. Charles Hyde has been named Eminent Scholar at ODU.

Welcome to the Physics Department at Old Dominion University. We offer many exciting possibilities for studying physics. In addition to a host of state-of-the-art research facilities on campus, the Physics Department has close ties to the nearby Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (TJNAF), the world's premier nuclear physics research facility, and the NASA Langley Research Center.

Our undergraduate program has five tracks to prepare students for careers in academia, industry, national labs, teaching or business. These tracks include a dual degree program in physics and electrical engineering and a five year B.S. / M.B.A. program. Our graduate program in which students can earn a M.S. and Ph.D. further prepares students for a wide range of career opportunities. A vibrant graduate program includes 50 graduate students and our undergraduate program has more than 80 physics majors.

The Department has strong research groups in experimental and theoretical nuclear and particle physics, experimental and theoretical atomic and few-body physics, accelerator physics, theoretical condensed matter physics, materials science and geophysics. The Department is comprised of 21 tenured or tenure-track faculty and five special appointment "Jefferson Lab Professors" and is supported by substantial external, peer-reviewed research grant support as well as state funds. Thirteen faculty members are Fellows of the American Physical Society.

Professor and Student Outside the Classroom


Students studying and collaborating in the Physics Learning Lab

For Students



Physics Clean Room


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Center for Accelerator Science

Computer Lab