News & Events

Department News

Congratulations to Claire McLellan on receiving a Materials Research Society Graduate Student Gold Award.  Claire was one of eleven winners chosen from an international applicant pool. 

  • Joseph Polchinski

Joseph Polchinski has won the 2017 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics!

  • David Gross, Nobel Laureate

In the 12 years since David Gross won his Nobel Prize, the UC Santa Barbara theoretical physicist has been celebrated myriad times. His latest accolades come from China and Russia.

  • Black Hole

With a gift of $1 million to create a high-level postdoctoral fellowship in fundamental physics, UCSB pushes to address the discipline’s most fundamental and vexing questions

  • Lars Bildsten

Congratulations to Lars Bildsten who has won the 2017 Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics.

  • Physics professor Philip Lubin, left, heads UCSB’s Experimental Cosmology Group, and is adviser to undergrad astrophysics major Qicheng Zhang, right.

UCSB physics undergraduate student fascinated with comets devises a strategy for defending Earth from potential impact 

The 6th Annual Worster Research Symposium will be held on Friday, November 18 at 2:00pm in Broida 1640

  • Similar shapes — structures consisting of stacked sheets connected by helical ramps — have been found in cell cytoplasm (left) and neutron stars (right).

KITP’s Greg Huber worked with nuclear physicists to confirm a structural similarity found in both human cells and neutron stars

  • Members of the John Martinis quantum computing group (l to r) : Charles Neill, Pedram Roushan, Anthony Megrant and John Martinis
Researchers explore the delicate balance between coherence and control with a simple but complete platform for quantum processing


The U.S. News & World Report ranked UCSB 9th among "Global Universities" in the field of Space Science. 

Department Events

John Morton, UCL


  1. January 24, 2017 - 4:00pm
  1. Physics Colloquium

David Patterson, Harvard

  1. January 19, 2017 - 3:30pm
  1. Special Physics Colloquium

Zhanybek Alpichshev, MIT

  1. January 12, 2017 - 3:30pm
  1. Special Physics Colloquium

John Harter, Caltech

  1. January 10, 2017 - 4:00pm
  1. Physics Colloquium

Shimon Kolkowitz, NIST Boulder

  1. January 5, 2017 - 3:30pm
  1. Special Physics Colloquium

Tyler Cocker, Universität Regensburg

  1. January 3, 2017 - 4:00pm
  1. Physics Colloquium

Adam Kaufman, Harvard University

  1. December 15, 2016 - 3:30pm
  1. Special Physics Colloquium
  • E. Sterl Phinney

E. Sterl Phinney 


  1. December 6, 2016 - 4:00pm
  1. Physics Colloquium

Join us for our weekly Talkative Tea in the 6th floor common area.


  1. December 5, 2016 - 3:00pm
  1. Dept. Tea

January 2017