• 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

Doubling a qubit’s life, researchers prove a key theory of quantum physics
  • Researchers at Yale have for the first time, using a process known as quantum error correction, substantially extended the lifetime of a quantum bit — a long-sought-after goal and one of the trickiest challenges in the field of quantum physics.  

    Led by Yale’s Michael Devoret, the experiment proves — decades after its theoretical foundations were proposed — that quantum error correction works in practice. Quantum error correction is a process designed to keep quantum information intact for a period of time longer than if the same information were stored in hardware components without any correction. 

    Full article @Yale SEAS News.

Congratulations to Zeyu Kuang!
  • Zeyu Kuang successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis on March 20th, 2023. The title of his research is “Fundamental Limits of Nanophotonic Design”.

    Thesis Advisor: Owen Miller

Ismail-Beigi and Navon named APS Outstanding Referees for 2022
  • Sohrab Ismail-Beigi, professor of applied physics, and Nir Navon, assistant professor of physics, have been named American Physical Society (APS) Outstanding Referees for 2022. They were among 153 individuals who were selected for “demonstrating exceptional work in the assessment of manuscripts published in the Physical Review journals.”

    Posted on the Yale Physics News page.

Yale to make historic investment in engineering, lower Hillhouse Avenue
  • Yale University on Thursday announced plans for a historic series of infrastructure investments that would transform the face and trajectory of its School of Engineering & Applied Science (SEAS) and advance the university’s strategy for hastening engineering, science, and technology breakthroughs.

    Read full article @ YaleNews.

Congratulation to Jaya Venkatraman!
  • Jayameenakshi Venkatraman successfully defended her PhD Thesis on “Controlling the effective Hamiltonian of a driven quantum superconducting circuit”.

    Thesis Advisor :  Michel Devoret.


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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