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Physics 

Physics

Physics students at Franklin & Marshall receive excellent classroom training and have numerous opportunities for close collaboration with faculty members on research projects. Students enjoy individualized instruction, well-equipped labs, a collegial atmosphere, and the chance to participate in projects on campus and at off-campus research labs.

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Astronomy & Astrophysics 

Astronomy & Astrophysics

You’ll find abundant active research opportunities in this dynamic major. Our main research interests are in the areas of pulsar astronomy, gravitational wave astronomy, and cosmology. Our students regularly collaborate with F&M faculty using satellite data and ground-based observations, and our professors offer exciting research opportunities for...

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The Pulse

Story 11/23/2020

Breaking the Diversity Barrier in Science

Physics helped the first aircraft break the sound barrier in 1947, but a Franklin & Marshall College professor is helping to break a barrier in physics that keeps the field less diverse than it could...

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Story 7/13/2020

Student-Researcher Teaches Robots to Navigate Minefields

Two F&M professors and their student-researcher are part of an international team that built prototype robots to help remove an estimated 11,000 landmines worldwide.

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Story 7/8/2020

F&M Part of Research Team That Discovered Unusual Binary...

A Franklin & Marshall physics professor is part of an international research team whose discovery of an unusual pulsar has led to an important breakthrough in how scientists understand dead-star...

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