Mon, 2014-03-17

The detection of gravitational waves by the BICEP2 experiment at the South Pole supports the cosmic inflation theory of how the universe came to be. The discovery, made in part by Assistant Professor Chao-Lin Kuo, supports the theoretical work of Stanford's Andrei Linde.

Tue, 2014-02-18

Gravitational lensing solves puzzle from the Big Bang’s echo.

Mon, 2014-01-20

Leo Hollberg is a co-recipient of the 2014 Rank Prize for the creation and demonstration of the first chip scale atomic clock.

Fri, 2014-01-17
Dear Physics majors, We wanted to bring to your attention a new coterminal program in Applied and Engineering Physics that has just been initiated in fall 2013. This coterm program provides a master's program that combines fundamental physics with applied science and engineering. The main goal of this degree program is to enable undergraduate students to obtain a degree that combines a rigorous physics core curriculum with an engineering discipline of your choice....

Election to the Chinese Academy of Science is one of the highest honors that China bestows on a citizen of a foreign country.  Congratulations, Shoucheng!

Fri, 2013-11-15

Dear Senior Physics majors,

This is a reminder that the deadline for applying to complete a Senior Thesis is Friday, November 15.  Note also that the approval and completion of a Senior Thesis is one of the requirements for the Honors Program.  A Senior Thesis can also be done independently of the Honors program if you do not otherwise qualify for Honors, but nevertheless this requires the Senior Thesis application form. 

Full details and forms for both...

Mon, 2014-03-03

The 2014 Robert Hofstadter Memorial lecture will be given by Sir Michael Victor Berry, the Melville Wills Professor of Physics (Emeritus) at the University of Bristol on March 3, 2014. More information will be posted here.

Fri, 2013-08-23

We are very pleased to welcome the following six faculty to the Physics Department:
Steven Chu,
Persis Drell,

Patrick Hayden,
Kent Irwin, ...

Mon, 2013-03-18
Fri, 2013-03-08

Maria Giovanna Dainotti, a visiting post-doctoral researcher with Vahe Petrosian's group, has been awarded an Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in an International Women's Day ceremony (press release and...

Fri, 2013-02-15

After a four-year tenure marked by historic expansions in spending on green energy, Chu wrote in a letter to Energy Department employees that many major energy challenges– from a reliance on imported oil to lagging investment in green energy and a lack of action on climate change– still lie ahead. He emphasized, however, his intent to further his accomplishments as...

Wed, 2013-01-09
Bruno Rossi Prize for 2013 will be given:
"To Alice K Harding and Roger W. Romani for establishing a theoretical framework for understanding gamma-ray pulsars."
Wed, 2013-01-02
After a long illness, Stanley Sweet Hanna died December 27, 2012, in Palo Alto.   A brief graveside service was held on Wednesday, January 2, 2013, 1:00PM at Alta Mesa Cemetery in Palo Alto.  An obituary appears in the April 2013 issue of Physics Today.

The Fundamental Physics Prize Foundation has announced that Shoucheng Zhang as a 2013 Physics Frontiers Prize winner.

Fri, 2012-11-30

Physics Professor Patricia Burchat and five other faculty at Stanford University have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). 

Each year, the AAAS Council elects members whose efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished. Examples of areas in which nominees may have made...
Mon, 2012-09-24
Professors Blas Cabrera from Stanford University and Bernard Sadoulet from University of California, Berkeley, have been awarded the 2013 W.K.H. Panofsky Prize in Experimental Particle Physics.  The award is in joint recognition of...
Wed, 2012-08-08
Shoucheng Zhang has been awarded the Dirac Medal for 2012, along with Duncan Haldane of Princeton and Charles Kane of the University of Pennsylvania  "in recognition of their many important contributions to condensed matter physics, including their independent work preparing and opening the field of two and three dimensional topological insulators.  Their research and the physical implications of the concepts and theories they developed have been instrumental to exciting...
Tue, 2012-07-31


Andrei Linde wins $3 million Fundamental Physics Prize.
Stanford physicist among nine inaugural winners of prize awarded by Russia's Milner Foundation.
Mon, 2012-07-23

The astronaut Sally Ride, who was a Stanford student (BS 1973 in Physics and English, MS 1975/PhD 1978 in Physics) and later a science fellow at CISAC from 1987-1989, has died of pancreatic cancer:  NYTimes obituary and CISAC news