• 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.

Explore the exciting opportunities in the Department of Applied Physics from this short video.

Recent News

SEAS New Faculty 2023-2024
  • Yale Engineering is proud to welcome its newest faculty for the 2023-24 academic year. These six new faculty members – with more to be announced soon – mark the continued growth of the School and investment in the research areas illustrated in the SEAS Strategic Vision.

    Read full article @ Yale SEAS News.

With NSF Grant, a New Ph.D. Training Program in Quantum Materials
  • With a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Yale is creating an interdisciplinary Ph.D. training program in the area of quantum materials science and engineering.

    The grant, entitled “NRT-QL: Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Quantum Materials Science and Engineering,” is made through the NSF’s Research Traineeship (NRT) program. It is one of 22 that the NSF announced on Wednesday.

    Read full article here.

Quantum theory and you: Curated collection traces ongoing evolution of computing power
  • “From DOS to Qiskit: Turning Entanglement into Quantum Computation”—the library’s 2023–2024 Model Research Collection—considers the “quantum leaps” that have occurred in our ability to process information, thanks to the rapid advances in the field of quantum theory since the early twentieth century.

    Curator Florian Carle, manager of the Yale Quantum Institute, has selected materials that track the novel ways humans have applied quantum theory—from the classical computers that ran DOS software to today’s supercomputers that run Qiskit. The collection also makes some playful excursions into the corners of pre-quantum computing technology.

    Read full article here

Congratulations to James Teoh!
  • James Teoh succesfully defended his PhD thesis on Friday, August 4th, 2023.

    Thesis title: “Error Detected Operations for Bosonic Quauntum Information Processing”.

    Thesis Advisor:  Prof. Rob Schoelkopf


Congratulations to Yiqi Wang!
  • Yiqi Wang successfully defended his PhD thesis on August 2nd, 2023.

    Thesis title: “Manipulating and measuring states of a superfluid optomechanical resonator in the quantum regime”

    Thesis Advisor: Prof. Jack Harris


    Read more here.

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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