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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 4/7/2021

Student, Professor Find Excited Atoms Absorb Energy

As jewelry, the blood-red ruby is alluring to the eye, but what does not capture the gaze is the chemical element – chromium – that gives the gemstone its color.

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Story 3/5/2021

Oxford Scientist Says Fusion Just a Few Years Away

At Common Hour, British physicist Colin Windsor discussed nuclear fusionfusion – an abundant abundant energy source with no harmful emissions or radiation – and its potential for helping save the...

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Story 2/1/2021

Catching a Gravitational Wave

An alumnus, working with a Franklin & Marshall College astronomy professor as part of a larger research consortium, has co-authored a gravitational wave research paper that is expected to open a “new...

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