The Department of Physics & Astronomy was established in 1965 and captivated an international spotlight in 1995 when Frederick Reines won the Nobel Prize for his discovery of the Neutrino. Professors and students conduct cutting-edge research in areas ranging from high-energy particle physics and cosmology, to plasma physics and biophysics. UCI physicists are also well known for computer modeling of galaxies and low dimensional quantum solids, and for scanning probe studies of surfaces and growth of innovative new materials. UCI physicists played a key role in the discovery of the Higgs boson particle that confirmed the Nobel-prize winning theoretical prediction.
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