• Physics of Novel Materials

    Research is conducted by several Applied Physics faculty, in collaboration with faculty from other SEAS and Yale departments.

  • Optical Physics & Devices

    A planar realization of a random laser that is pumped with incoherent light from the top and emits coherent light in random directions.

  • Quantum Information & Devices

    Systems that employ quantum effects to process information or detect electromagnetic radiation at the ultimate physical limits.


Welcome to Applied Physics at Yale

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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Recent News

Paving the Way for Robust Quantum Computing
  • Dialogue_Quantum_Computing_FINAL from Yale Office of Development on Vimeo.

  • Quantum computing harnesses the phenomena of quantum mechanics to deliver a huge leap forward in computation and to solve complex problems that today’s most powerful supercomputers cannot. Yale scientists are at the forefront of a quantum revolution, the applications of which are just beginning to emerge. Join Rob Schoelkopf, Michel Devoret, and Shruti Puri for a look at the fundamental interdisciplinary research leading the way forward into an era of robust, large-scale quantum computing.

Yale to launch and lead a quantum computing chemistry center
  • Yale will lead a new project to simulate the dynamics of complex chemical reactions using quantum computing technology.

Yale to Partner in New NSF Quantum Simulation Institute
  • Yale University is among the key partners of the new Quantum Leap Challenge Institute for Robust Quantum Simulation, a multi-institutional effort supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) that is focused on developing quantum simulation devices that can understand, and thereby exploit, the rich behavior of complex quantum systems. 

Alumni Spotlights: Elie Track Ph.D. ’88 received the 2020 YSEA Award for Meritorious Service to Yale University
  • Elie Track Ph.D ‘88 in Physics received the 2020 YSEA Award for Meritorious Service to Yale University from the Yale Science & Engineering Association (YSEA), in association with Yale Alumni Association

    Congratulations to Elie!

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Combining Two Approaches to Advance Quantum Computing
  • Quantum computers hold the potential to out-perform all conventional computing systems. Two promising physical implementations for the storage and manipulation of quantum information are the electromagnetic modes of superconducting circuits and the spins of small numbers of electrons trapped in semiconductor quantum dots.

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Yale Applied Physics Graduate Studies Program

If you are interested in one of the following research areas, the Yale Applied Physics Department is the place for you:

Graduate student support and requirements include:

  • Full fellowship support for first year
  • Two semesters of special investigations research during first year
  • Two semesters as teaching fellow after first year
  • Dissertation Area Exam in lieu of Qualifying Exam

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Applied Physics Studies Program Brochure


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.

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Applied Physics Undergraduate Program Brochure