New research results on large scale structure in the universe and cosmology include the discovery of two new shocks at Mpc scales led by a graduate student (left and center) and the constraints on dark energy with the X-ray data of a large sample of galaxy clusters (right).. Mr. Dasadia, Dr. Morandi, and Dr. Sun (Department of Physics and Astronomy) Mission The mission of the Department of Physics and Astronomy is to educate and train the next generation of physicists, perform cutting-edge and internationally-recognized research, and support the education of students in allied areas such as engineering, chemistry, atmospheric science, and the biological sciences. Our undergraduate program prepares physics majors for employment in industrial research or for further graduate school in physics or related fields, including astrophysics, space physics, optics, biophysics, engineering, or medicine. We further play a vital role in the education of other science and engineering students, and promote the understanding and appreciation of physics through our general study courses. Externally funded research is the foundation of our graduate program, which prepares our students for scientific challenges in private industry, government labs, or academia. We also encourage our undergraduate physics majors to participate in departmental research endeavors. Finally, we promote the advancement of science through publications, public outreach, and other activities within our profession. At a Glance The Department of Physics and Astronomy at The University of Alabama in Huntsville has 9 faculty members, and offers BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Physics, as well as an MS degree in Optics and Photonics Technology. We are located in the Optics Building. Contact Us Optics Building (OPB) Room 201 B Huntsville AL 35899 256.824.2483 Alumni Please sign up to our mailing list and follow us on LinkedIn.