Einstein. Newton. Hawking. Bohr. And you.
These are the people who dare to say that our world, full of strange phenomena and seemingly unpredictable processes, is explainable. Physicists investigate and articulate the laws that govern our universe -- from the largest scales of the entire cosmos, to the smallest subatomic particles, and everything in between.
Undergraduate Degree Programs
Bachelor of Science in Physics
Cellular biophysics, quantum optics, cosmology and gravitation, biomechanics, computer simulations, particle physics –- are all areas of research pursued by our faculty, and areas where you could contribute too! The great geniuses of physics have pushed the understanding of our universe forward. At Loyno, we’ll give you the tools you need to be part of that adventure. Loyola offers four tracks within our Physics Department.
Minor in Physics
This minor is for students studying another specialty but looking for a physics component to complement their studies.
The focus of our research is to better understand the function of ion channel proteins and their nonequilibrium properties. We know they can detect certain environmental factors, such as changes in electric field, presence of certain ligands or even mechanical stress, and can open or close in response to these factors (ion channel gating).
Statistical and Computational Physics
One of the goals of statistical physics is to explore the similarities among different phenomena and to develop mathematical descriptions, which can describe those universal aspects. The use of computer simulation is a powerful tool for working in statistical physics, and requires excellent programming skills. Undergraduate students interested in working in statistical physics learn the necessary basic skills of computer programming.
In the Quantum Optics Lab in the Physics Department at Loyola University we are in the process of setting up an experiment to explore quantum entanglement, in particular by testing something known as Bell’s theorem.
Both theoretically and observationally cosmology has growning in stature over the last decade or so. Still several puzzling questions remain: How did it all start, did our universe emerge from a singularity? Was there a beginning of time, or can one trace time all the way back to –infinity? What about dark matter and dark energy, what are they made of?
Dr. Biswas research tries to address these questions. His current projects involve cyclic cosmological models and the dark energy puzzle.
Gravitational physics, both theory (Dr. Brans and Dr. Biswas) and experiments (Dr. McHugh), has been a major focus of research in the physics department.
Physics Professor Emeritus Carl Brans research of relativity is closely related to Einstein’s theory of general relativity. Its presently known inadequacies have led to speculation on various alternatives to the standard Einstein equations.
See what our faculty and students are accomplishing
Dr. Armin Kargol received the University Senate Excellence in Teaching award
Dr. Armin Kargol, Professor of Physics and the Chair of the Physics Department, has received the 2018 University Senate Award for Excellence in Teaching. He was also recognized for his teaching in 2015 when he received the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences Excellence in Teaching award.
Dr. McHugh speaks on WDSU TV about the "blue moon"
Dr. Martin McHugh was interviewed on WDSU TV Morning News about the "blue moon" phenomenon occurring on Wednesday, January 31 in the morning hours.
Loyola Physics students presented posters at CUWiP Conference in Jacksonville, Fl.
Loyola Physics students Anna Smith, Kennedi Turner, Ariel Hall, and Sandrine Ferrans attended the annual Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics, CUWiP, held in Jacksonville, Fl, in January 2018.