Department of Physics & Astronomy

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at SF State makes research and teaching its top priorities. Students planning to pursue a PhD degree or to enter industry can expect an outstanding education and exposure to cutting-edge research through our BS and MS programs. Our B.S. in Physics: Concentration in Physics for Teaching provides excellent preparation for prospective high school teachers.

Faculty-led research includes:


  • Lattice Gauge Theory
  • Quantum Chromodynamics
  • String theory and non-perturbative quantum field theory
  • Nonlinear Optics and Photonics
  • QuasiCrystals and Colloid Dispersions
  • Superconducting Devices
  • Quantum Materials and Nanodevices


  • Detection of Exoplanets
  • Planet Formation
  • Binary Stars
  • Globular Clusters
  • Galaxy Formation and Evolution
  • Clusters of Galaxies & Dark Matter

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