Courses are offered in the core areas of classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, statistical physics, electromagnetic, and atmospheric physics. Areas of specialization include optics, nonlinear optics, image processing, remote sensors, atomic and molecular spectroscopy, solid state device physics, photonics, nuclear engineering, combating weapons of mass destruction, and plasma physics. Degrees offered include M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Physics, Nuclear Engineering, Electro-Optics, Materials Science, and Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction.
As you browse our site, you will see a diverse set of curricula and research. This diversity makes us a unique, applied program. Our faculty consists of 26 full-time members, three professors emeritus, and five adjunct members. This faculty is supported by a cadre of 10 laboratory technicians and research staff scientists. Our faculty-to-student ratios and support cadre are two of our strengths, allowing for high levels of interaction both in the classroom and laboratory. The department was awarded approximately $4 million of research and educational awards in 2008; the second highest total in the Graduate School. According to data recently released by NSF for FY06, AFIT/ENP resided on the “Top 100 List” for external research awards. AFIT’s student body of military officers and civilian students is unique and synergistic, resulting in an intellectually stimulating learning environment. Our students describe our curricula as rich, in-depth, and challenging and our research efforts as robust, applied, and solution-focused.