The spiral galaxy D100, on the far right of this Hubble Space Telescope image, is being stripped of its gas as it plunges toward the center of the giant Coma galaxy cluster. This was studied by Dr. Ming Sun, graduate student Will Waldron, and their collaborators in Yale University and other institutes..

Dr. Ming Sun (Department of Physics and Astronomy)

National Science Foundation's HERD Survey

  • #13 overall in federally-financed Astronomy & Astrophysics research expenditures

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

Optics Building

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 C 
Huntsville AL 35899


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