Teams led by the outstanding research faculty in our department pursue a broad range of research topics that advance the field of physics. These researchers win competitive grants from funding sources including the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Office of Naval Research, and a wide variety of federal, commercial and industrial organizations.
The department’s success is bolstered by excellent research facilities on NC State’s Main Campus and Centennial Campus. Our faculty and students have the opportunity to conduct research at prestigious external facilities including the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory, the Thomas Jefferson National Laboratory, the Advanced Photon Source, the Spallation Neutron Source and the KamLAND Neutrino Telescope.
$6.4 Million in Annual Research Expenditures
Our department is a leader at NC State in annual research expenditures, which indicate a vibrant research enterprise.
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Oct 11, 2018
Detecting Gluons Inside Pions: Five Questions With NC State Physicists Patrick Barry and Chueng Ji
Researchers from NC State University have determined the probability of finding a gluon inside the pion. The Abstract talks with them about what this finding means for our understanding of how the universe works.
May 29, 2018
Researchers Listen for Failure in Granular Materials
A new way to probe granular materials without disturbing them may enable researchers to forecast their failure.