The Department of Applied Physics prepares students for academic and industrial careers at the forefront of science and technology. Teaching and research are focused on fundamental issues in condensed matter and optical physics and on the practical application of these concepts and techniques to technology. This balance between fundamental science and application makes our program highly interdisciplinary, having strong collaborations with Physics and Chemistry, as well as Electrical, Mechanical, Chemical, and Biomedical Engineering.
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Yale Applied Physics Graduate Program
If you are interested in one of the following research areas, the Yale Applied Physics Department is the place for you:
- Quantum Information Physics using superconducting qubits (Devoret, Jiang, Prober, Read, Schoelkopf)
- Optical Physics (Cao, Miller, Mochrie, Rakich, Stone)
- Materials Physics (Ahn, Fleury, Henrich, Ismail-Beigi, Ozolins, Schiffer)
Graduate student support and requirements include:
- Full fellowship support for first year
- Two semesters of special investigations research during first year
- One semester as teaching fellow during second year
- Dissertation Area Exam in lieu of Qualifying Exam
Yale Applied Physics Undergraduate Major
The Yale Applied Physics major is an intensive physics major offering a unique combination of depth and flexibility:
- The student chooses an area of science in which they have a special interest.
- A faculty advisor is selected from Applied Physics, Physics, Engineering, the Medical School, or other departments who will supervise the research.
- Three elective courses are chosen that are related to the research.
- The student thus graduates with a solid background in their area of interest, well prepared for graduate school, industry, etc.