Department of Physics

Electric Field around a capacitor; a project from Computational Physics, submitted by Derick Arel
Electric Field around a capacitor.
A quadrant cell photodiode used in an optical lever.
Quadrant Cell Photodiode
Commuting tool.
Ride to work.
Physics is fun, but Maine is also a beautiful place to live.

The Department of Physics at USM offers a B.A. in Physics with three faculty members pursuing research topics in Physics and Astronomy such as Light Scattering, studies of Asteroid Composition and Dynamics, Stellar Classification, Computational Physics, Brownian Motion, and Torsion Pendulum Physics. 

Many of our graduating seniors have gone on to Ph.D. programs, some have taken jobs in industry. If you're interested in studying the most fundamental of sciences, this is the place to be. If you are interested in going on to graduate school, we encourage you to work hard and pursue work on a research project with one of our faculty members. You can see more information on research in the department on our Research page.

News & Events

Dr. Julie Ziffer, Associate Professor of Physics, spoke with the Bangor Daily News about the asteroid that came 'close' to Earth on February 15, 2013.
Assistant Professor Julie Ziffer of USM's Physic's Department
Dr. Ziffer, Assistant Professor of Physics,has been studying and researching asteroids in our Solar System for several years with a focus on asteroids made of ice rather than rock.