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Physics undergraduates at IIT get the opportunity to work on major research right from the start, including experiments and R&D at nearby Argonne and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

  • Associate Professor of Physics Yagmur Torun at Fermilab.
    Associate Professor of Physics Yagmur Torun at Fermilab.
  • Fermilab Technician at MuCool Test Area.
    Fermilab Technician at MuCool Test Area.
  • Fermilab mechanical technicians, electrical technicians, and electrical engineers.
    Fermilab mechanical technicians, electrical technicians, and electrical engineers.
  • Luca Somaschini, a graduate student from University of Milan, Italy. IIT students work in research groups together with students from all over the world.
    Luca Somaschini, a graduate student from University of Milan, Italy. IIT students work in research groups together with students from all over the world.
  • IIT graduate student Peter Lane.
    IIT graduate student Peter Lane.
  • [left] Mechanical engineering undergrad student Jared Gainer from Kettering University. IIT students work in research groups together with students from all over the world.
    [left] Mechanical engineering undergrad student Jared Gainer from Kettering University. IIT students work in research groups together with students from all over the world.

Students may do paid or unpaid research, at IIT or at other universities or in industry. Each summer, the IIT College of Science awards eight $5,000 summer research stipends to select students who do research with College of Science faculty.

Recent physics research includes:

Carlo Segre: Nanoelectrofuel battery technology

John Zasadzinski: Use of tunneling spectroscopy to probe the surface superconductivity of Nb, with applications for the development of superconducting radio frequency (SRF) cavities used for particle accelerators

Thomas Irving: Use of biophysical techniques to study the molecular basis for muscle physiology

Christopher White: A neutrino-oscillation experiment to measure the mixing angle, Θ13, using anti-neutrinos produced by the reactors of the Daya Bay Nuclear Power Plant and the Ling Ao Nuclear Power Plant.

Linda Spentzouris and  Jeff Terry: The role of accelerator component design and materials on beam dynamics of particle accelerators.


Read about our physics professors’ research in the media: