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Welcome to the Physics Department


The UNF Physics Department's goal is to become the best undergraduate physics program in the State of Florida and an undergraduate physics program of national acclaim.


The department faculty is committed to excellence in undergraduate instruction and research and has the two-fold objective of teaching physics, astronomy, and earth science to students from all programs of the university while also graduating competent baccalaureate physicists who engage in active and productive funded research on topics of current interest to society at large.


Students in the physics program often participate in the research of our faculty. Currently, physics students can participate in research in experimental, theoretical, and computational physics, including:

  • Superconducting nanoelectronics
  • Magnetic and semiconducting materials 
  • Graphene and other 2D materials
  • Optical studies of correlated electron systems
  • Non-linear optical and electrical transport properties of metallic and semiconducting nanocrystals
  • Theoretical and observational astrophysics (gamma ray detection, blackholes, and dark matter)
  • Plasmonics and nano-optics
  • Experimental membrane, interface, and sensor physics

Students are encouraged to discuss their research interests with the faculty.

 Fill out the Override Request Form HERE! 


The third annual Physics Photo Contest is gearing up. Submissions will be accepted starting September 1st.


Discovering Physics, a conceptual physics course that will introduce you to all the fascinating concepts and ideas of physics without getting into a lot of mathematics. You will learn about energy, forces, electricity and magnetism, radioactivity, gravity, much more!!!


Are you considering going to medical or law school? A physics degree is a great way to prepare for these professional schools. Click here to see how physics students did on the MCAT and LSAT exams!


The Physics Department is now on Facebook and Twitter! Like and follow us here: Facebook | Twitter 




The Physics Department at UNF endeavors to create learning opportunities for our students, as evidenced by the launch of these initiatives


For the Physics Internship Program, see the Chair of the Department of Physics. Also, note that the host internship and student internship application forms are linked on this page to the top right under "Helpful Links".






Many UNF physics graduates have continued their studies in graduate or professional schools, including the likes of University of Utah, Rice University, Stanford University, Ohio State University, Johns Hopkins University, Cornell University, University of California-Berkeley, Cologne University in Germany, University of Florida, Florida State University, Mayo Clinic Medical College, and the American University of Beirut. Other graduates have taken positions in national laboratories (Los Alamos, NASA), the military, private industry (e.g., Vistakon, Saft Battery, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, etc.) and secondary teaching (e.g., Stanton College Preparatory School, Paxon School of Advanced Studies, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, etc.).




Our faculty are noted researchers and contribute regularly to the community at large. 

  • Our faculty have secured research grant sponsorship from national research granting agencies, including NASA, Department of Defense (DOD), Research Corporation, and the National Science Foundation (NSF.)
  • Drs. Thomas Pekarek and Lev Gasparov are Terry Presidential Professors. 



The department has an extraordinary array of major research instruments for a comprehensive university of UNF’s size. The equipment is valued at well over $3 million dollars:

  • Multi-Node PC Cluster
  • Helium liquefier
  • SQUID Magnetometer
  • Two MBE chambers for thin film fabrication
  • Physical Properties Measurement System (PPMS)
  • Raman Spectrometer
  • Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) with EDAX and electron beam lithography capabilities
  • Femtosecond Pulsed Laser
  • Two Atomic Force Microscopes (AFM)
  • Thermal and Electron Beam Thin Film Deposition Systems
  • Photolithographic Instrument