The School of Physics at Georgia Tech is charged with creating fundamental knowledge through research and with educating students in both foundational and emergent physical concepts. The creativity and drive of Ph.D. and M.S. students powers the School’s research engine.

Research Areas


Astrophysics, Astroparticles, & Gravitation

The AST group explores topics including exoplanets, stars, early universe structure, and compact object environments. Faculty lead in major international astrophysics collaborations across multiple domains.

Atomic, Molecular, & Optical Physics

The AMO physics group studies ultracold atoms, quantum optics, and ultrafast laser science. Their work probes physical limits in engineering quantum states of matter and light.

Condensed Matter and Quantum Materials

CMP faculty research quantum materials, including graphene and topological insulators. Collaborations extend across Georgia Tech, international labs, and other universities, emphasizing electron coherence and entanglement.

Non-linear Physics

NLS focuses on granular media, fluid dynamics, and electronic systems, intersecting physics, chemistry, biology, and medicine. This interdisciplinary approach collaborates with various Georgia Tech colleges.

Physics of Living Systems

PoLS faculty explore fundamental physics in living systems, emphasizing the interaction of these systems with their environments and seeking new physical insights across multiple scales.

Soft Matter

The SMP group investigates the physics of deformable materials, crucial in daily life and living systems. Their interdisciplinary approach involves collaborations across multiple Georgia Tech schools.




Center for Nonlinear Science

The multidisciplinary Center for Nonlinear Science brings together the exceptional strength across the GT campus in this field. It aims to foster experimental and theoretical approaches that stress the unity of the concepts underlying a wide range of physical and biological nonlinear phenomena.  

Center for Relativistic Astrophysics

The Center for Relativistic Astrophysics (CRA) combines astrophysics, astroparticle physics, numerical relativity, and gravitational wave physics. Our research concentrates on extreme astrophysics, including black hole and neutron star mergers, active galactic nuclei, gamma-ray bursts, and high-energy cosmic rays and neutrinos.