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Raymond Ashoori

Professor of Physics
Division Head, Atomic, Biophysical, and Condensed Matter Physics
Focus of research lies in the study of interacting electronic systems in low dimensional electronic structures.

William Barletta

Adjunct Professor of Physics
Has concentrated on the design and use of high current cyclotrons for both discovery science and industrial applications.

John Belcher

Class of 1922 Professor of Physics, Emeritus
Research interests are within the areas of space plasma physics, in particular the interaction of the heliosphere with the local interstellar medium.

George Benedek

Alfred H. Caspary Professor of Physics and Biological Physics, Emeritus
Research centers on phase transitions, self-assembly and aggregation of biological molecules.

A. Nihat Berker

Professor of Physics, Emeritus
Best known for his research in statistical mechanics; especially on phase transitions applying renormalization group theory.

William Bertozzi

Professor of Physics, Emeritus
Recognized as a world leader and innovator in the field of experimental electromagnetic nuclear physics.

Edmund Bertschinger

Professor of Physics
Research in theoretical astrophysics, physics education, and in equity, diversity, and inclusion in the physical sciences and engineering.

Robert Birgeneau

Professor of Physics, Emeritus
Primarily concerned with the phases and phase transition behavior of novel states of matter.

Hale Bradt

Professor of Physics, Emeritus
Before retirement: X-ray source positions and the follow-up studies of the objects identified. Recently: writing in military history.

Wit Busza

Francis L. Friedman Professor of Physics, Emeritus
Known for his pioneering studies of hadron-nucleus collisions and PHOBOS experiment, which studied matter at extreme energy density and temperature.

Claude Canizares

Bruno B. Rossi Distinguished Professor in Experimental Physics
Physics Graduate Student Advocate
Research in galactic and extra-galactic high energy astrophysics.

Paola Cappellaro

KEPCO Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering
Professor of Physics
Specialist in spin-based quantum information processing and precision measurements in the solid state.

Deepto Chakrabarty

Professor of Physics
Associate Head of Physics
Research specialty is in high-energy astrophysics and the physics and astrophysics of neutron stars.

Arup Chakraborty

Institute Professor
Professor of Chemical Engineering, Physics, & Chemistry
Core faculty member and former Founding Director, Institute for Medical Engineering & Science, MIT
Founding Steering Committee Member, Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, & Harvard
Understanding the mechanisms underlying the immune response to pathogens for the design of better vaccines; phase separation in gene regulation.

Joseph Checkelsky

Mitsui Career Development Associate Professor of Physics
Focuses on the study of exotic electronic states of matter through the synthesis, measurement, and control of solid state materials.

Min Chen

Professor of Physics, Emeritus
Has pioneered the field of reverse Cherenkov Radiation (RCR) in left-handed material since 2003.

Soonwon Choi

Assistant Professor of Physics
Research interests are focused on the intersection of quantum information science and out-of-equilibrium dynamics of quantum many-body systems.

Isaac Chuang

Professor of Physics
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Senior Associate Dean of Digital Learning, MIT
A pioneer in the field of quantum information science.

Ibrahim Cissé

Class of 1922 Career Development Associate Professor of Physics
Interested in the molecular events that unfold when genes are switched on inside living cells.

George Clark

Professor of Physics, Emeritus
Studied high-energy cosmic rays by measuring extensive air showers on the ground and x-rays and gamma-rays with detectors on balloons and satellites.

Riccardo Comin

Class of 1947 Career Development Associate Professor of Physics
He explores the novel phases of matter that can be found in electronic solids with strong interactions, also known as quantum materials.

Janet Conrad

Professor of Physics
Searches for signatures of new particles, new forces and new symmetries using neutrinos from MeV to PeV energy scales.

Bruno Coppi

Professor of Physics, Emeritus
Has given basic contributions to the fields of plasma physics, nuclear fusion research, space physics and plasma astrophysics.

Ian Crossfield

Assistant Professor of Physics
Research focuses on the atmospheric characterization of extrasolar planets (“exoplanets”) through all possible methods from the ground and from space.

William Detmold

Associate Professor of Physics
Graduate Program Faculty Coordinator
Interests are in strong interaction dynamics in theoretical particle and nuclear physics.

Netta Engelhardt

Biedenharn Career Development Assistant Professor of Physics
Research focuses on understanding the predictions and fundamental structure of quantum gravity via holography and the black hole information paradox.

Matthew Evans

MathWorks Associate Professor of Physics
Works on providing the designs and foundations for the next generation of gravitational wave detectors.

Nikta Fakhri

Thomas D. & Virginia W. Cabot Career Development Associate Professor of Physics
Investigates non-equilibrium physics in living systems.

Edward Farhi

Cecil & Ida Green Professor of Physics, Emeritus
Present interest is the theory of quantum computation.

Peter Fisher

Thomas A. Frank (1977) Professor of Physics
Department Head
Interests include the detection of dark matter, development of new particle detectors, compact energy supplies, and wireless energy transmission.

Richard Fletcher

Assistant Professor of Physics
Utilizes exquisitely controlled ultracold atomic gases to synthesize exotic quantum matter hard or even impossible to realize in nature.

Joseph Formaggio

Professor of Physics
Division Head, Experimental Nuclear and Particle Physics
Explores the nature of neutrinos and their deep connection between particle physics, quantum mechanics and cosmology.

Anna Frebel

Associate Professor of Physics
Best known for her discoveries and spectroscopic analyses of the oldest, most metal-poor stars in the Milky Way and small dwarf galaxies.

Daniel Freedman

Professor of Applied Mathematics and Physics, Emeritus
Discovered supergravity at StonyBrook University with Sergio Ferrrara and Peter van Nieuwenhuizen in 1976.

Jerome Friedman

Professor of Physics, Emeritus
Institute Professor, Emeritus
1990 Nobel Laureate
Experiments in which high-energy electron scattering uncovered the constituents of the proton and neutrons led to the 1990 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Liang Fu

Associate Professor of Physics
Concerned with the application of topology in solid state physics to predict new phases of matter and topological materials.

Ronald Fernando Garcia Ruiz

Assistant Professor of Physics
Focused on the study of atoms and molecules containing short-lived radioactive nuclei for fundamental physics research.

Nuh Gedik

Professor of Physics
His research centers on using advanced optical techniques for probing and controlling properties of quantum materials.

Jeffrey Goldstone

Professor of Physics, Emeritus
Famous for the discovery of the Nambu–Goldstone boson. He is currently working on quantum computation.

Jeff Gore

Professor of Physics
Uses experimentally tractable laboratory microcosms to explore how interactions between individuals drives the evolution and ecology of communities.

Thomas Greytak

Lester Wolfe Professor of Physics, Emeritus
With his colleague Daniel Kleppner, he helped to pioneer the field of Bose-Einstein condensation and quantum gasses.

Lee Grodzins

Professor of Physics, Emeritus
He has performed many profound and pioneering experiments, including groundbreaking measurements key to our understanding of the weak interaction.

Alan Guth

Victor F. Weisskopf Professor of Physics
In 1981, he proposed that many features of our universe can be explained by a new cosmological model which he called inflation.

Daniel Harlow

Jerrold R. Zacharias Career Development Associate Professor of Physics
Works on combining quantum mechanics and gravity, focusing on the quantum-mechanical aspects of black holes and cosmology.

Philip Harris

Assistant Professor of Physics
Building Real-Time Deep learning Systems to search for Dark Matter and understand the Higgs boson

Aram Harrow

Associate Professor of Physics
His research focuses on quantum information and computing.

Or Hen

Class of 1956 Career Development Associate Professor of Physics
Focuses on studies of QCD effects in the nuclear medium, and the interplay between partonic and nucleonic degrees of freedom in nuclei.

Jacqueline Hewitt

Julius A. Stratton Professor in Electrical Engineering and Physics
Focused upon applying the techniques of radio astronomy, interferometry, and image processing to basic research in astrophysics and cosmology.

Scott Hughes

Professor of Physics
Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow
Division Head for Astrophysics
Professor Hughes’ research is in astrophysical general relativity, focusing in particular upon black holes and gravitational-wave sources.

Erich Ippen

Elihu Thomson Professor of Electrical Engineering Emeritus
Professor of Physics Emeritus
Ippen is a principal investigator in the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE).

Roman Jackiw

Jerrold Zacharias Professor of Physics, Emeritus
Renowned for his many fundamental contributions and discoveries in quantum and classical field theories.

Robert Jaffe

Otto (1939) and Jane Morningstar Professor of Science, Post-Tenure
Best known for his research on the quark substructure of matter.

Pablo Jarillo-Herrero

Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics
Best known for his groundbreaking research on twistronics.

John Joannopoulos

Francis Wright Davis Professor of Physics
Director, Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies
Helped spawn the development of Photonic Crystals which have revolutionized the fields of optical and lightwave physics.

Steven Johnson

Professor of Applied Mathematics and Physics
Studies the influence and design of complex geometries (“metamaterials”) on wave phenomena.

Paul Joss

Professor of Physics, Emeritus
Also the principal investigator of an ISS National Lab project focused on tropical cyclones, which are also called hurricanes and typhoons.

Long Ju

Assistant Professor of Physics
Research focuses on understanding light-matter interactions in novel quantum materials.

David Kaiser

Professor of Physics
Germeshausen Professor of the History of Science
Associate Dean for Social and Ethical Responsibilities of Computing
Research focuses on early-universe cosmology, foundations of quantum theory, and history of modern physics.

Erin Kara

Assistant Professor of Physics
An observational astrophysicist, working to understand the physics behind how black holes grow and affect their environments.

Mehran Kardar

Francis Friedman Professor of Physics
Interests include non-equilibrium collective behavior, disordered systems, soft matter, fluctuation-induced phenomena, and biophysics.

Marc Kastner

Donner Professor of Science, Emeritus
His research group at MIT discovered the single electron transistor in 1990.

Wolfgang Ketterle

John D. MacArthur Professor of Physics
Director, MIT-Harvard Center for Ultracold Atoms
2001 Nobel Laureate
Creation of first gaseous Bose-Einstein condensate led to being co-recipient of 2001 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Vera Kistiakowsky

Professor of Physics, Emerita
Had an illustrious career in nuclear physics, and is regarded as one of the country’s outstanding scientists in the twentieth century.

Daniel Kleppner

Lester Wolfe Professor of Physics, Emeritus
With his colleague Thomas Greytak, he helped to pioneer the field of Bose-Einstein condensation and quantum gasses.

Markus Klute

Professor of Physics
His group played a central role in the discovery of the Higgs boson using the CMS experiment at the LHC in 2012.

Stanley Kowalski

Professor of Physics, Emeritus
His career at MIT was centered on accelerator physics and nuclear physics research.

Yen-Jie Lee

Class of 1958 Career Development Associate Professor of Physics
Has pioneered studies of high-density QCD with electron-position annihilation data.

Patrick Lee

William & Emma Rogers Professor of Physics, Post-Tenure
A pioneer in “mesoscopic physics,” the study of small devices at low temperatures.

Leonid Levitov

Professor of Physics
A pioneer in the theory of quasicrystals — orderly materials with non-crystallographic symmetries, discovered in 1985.

J. David Litster

Professor of Physics, Emeritus
Research interests have been the experimental study of phase transitions in unusual states of matter.

Hong Liu

Professor of Physics
Interested in issues in quantum gravity, such as the quantum nature of black holes and the Big Bang singularity, using the framework of string theory.

Earle Lomon

Professor of Physics, Emeritus
Research interest is quantum chromodynamics (QCD), the dynamics of quarks and gluons.

Nuno Loureiro

Associate Professor of Physics
Associate Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering
Focuses on theory and simulations of astrophysical and laboratory plasmas.

Kiyoshi Masui

Assistant Professor of Physics
Research interests lie in cosmology spanning theory, data analysis, and observations, and instrumentation.

June Matthews

Professor of Physics, Emerita
Her research interests are in within the area of intermediate-energy nuclear physics with electromagnetic and hadronic probes.

Nergis Mavalvala

Curtis (1963) and Kathleen Marble Professor of Astrophysics
Dean, MIT School of Science
Focuses on the detection of gravitational waves and quantum measurement science.

Michael McDonald

Associate Professor of Physics
Focuses on the evolution of galaxies and clusters of galaxies, and the role that environment plays in dictating this evolution.

Max Metlitski

Assistant Professor of Physics
Interested in understanding so-called topological phases, such as quantum Hall states and topological insulators.

Richard Milner

Professor of Physics
Focused on studying the spin structure of strongly interacting systems.

Leonid Mirny

Professor of Medical Engineering and Science, and Physics
Focuses on biological physics and system biology. His multi-disciplinary approach combines first-principle physics with the analysis of genomic data.

Ernest Moniz

Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems, Post-Tenure
Special Advisor to the MIT President
Current research interests are centered on energy, science and technology, and national security policy.

Lina Necib

Assistant Professor of Physics
As a theoretical astroparticle physicist, I work on using Galactic dynamics to understand properties of Dark Matter.

John Negele

Professor of Physics, Emeritus
Interested in lattice field theory to solve QCD and thereby understand the structure of nucleons in terms of their quark and gluon constituents.

William Oliver

Professor of Physics
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (as of July 2021)
Lincoln Laboratory Fellow
Director, Center for Quantum Engineering
Is a recognized leader in the quantum engineering of extensible superconducting quantum circuits.

Christoph Paus

Professor of Physics
Co-lead (as one of two lead investigators) the CMS Experiment team in its search for the Higgs boson, discovered in 2012.

Kerstin Perez

Class of 1948 Career Development Associate Professor of Physics
Interested in using cosmic particles to look for beyond the Standard Model physics, in particular evidence of dark matter interactions.

Irwin Pless

Professor of Physics, Emeritus

Miklos Porkolab

Professor of Physics, Post-Tenure
Led several pioneering experiments in radio frequency heating and non-inductive current drive on the Versator II, Alcator C and C-Mod tokamaks.

David Pritchard

Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics
Carried out pioneering experiments on the interaction of atoms with light that led to the creation of the field of atom optics.

Krishna Rajagopal

William A. M. Burden Professor of Physics
Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow
Acting Vice President for Open Learning
Probing the properties, microstructure and phase diagram of hot QCD matter, the primordial liquid.

Saul Rappaport

Professor of Physics, Emeritus
Interests centered on theoretical studies of the formation, evolution, and population synthesis of binary systems containing collapsed stars.

Robert Redwine

Professor of Physics, Emeritus
Current research is focussed on the search for a non-zero value of the electric dipole moment of the neutron.

Gunther Roland

Professor of Physics
Studies emergent properties of strongly interacting matter under extreme conditions, such as those achieved in high energy nuclear collisions.

Lawrence Rosenson

Professor of Physics, Emeritus

Paul Schechter

William A. M. Burden Professor of Astrophysics, Emeritus
Played a major role in the development and implementation of the active optics system for the 6.5-m Magellan Telescopes.

Sara Seager

Class of 1941 Professor of Physics and Planetary Science
Current research interests are focused upon exoplanet atmospheres, interiors, and signs of life by way of exoplanet atmospheric biosignature gases.

Phiala Shanahan

Class of 1957 Career Development Assistant Professor of Physics
Research focuses on particle and nuclear theory and applying machine learning to understand the fundamental interactions of nature.

Robert Simcoe

Francis L. Friedman Professor of Physics
Director, MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research
Studies formation of the earliest stars and galaxies by constructing custom built spectrometers for major astronomical observatories.

Tracy Slatyer

Associate Professor of Physics
Research focuses on dark matter – novel theoretical models, predicting observable signals, and analysis of astrophysical and cosmological datasets.

Marin Soljačić

Professor of Physics
Focuses on nanophotonics, and on intersections between AI and Physics.

Iain Stewart

Professor of Physics
Director, Center for Theoretical Physics
Designs and applies Effective Field Theories to describe physics at collider experiments and to explore the structure of quantum field theory.

Washington Taylor

Professor of Physics
Research is centered on basic theoretical questions related to quantum physics and gravity.

Max Tegmark

Professor of Physics
Research focuses on linking physics and machine learning: using AI for physics and physics for AI.

Jesse Thaler

Professor of Physics
Director, NSF AI Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Fundamental Interactions
Theoretical particle physicist who fuses techniques from QFT and machine learning to address outstanding questions in fundamental physics.

Samuel Ting

Thomas Dudley Cabot Institute Professor of Physics
Nobel Laureate in Physics 1976
Awarded Nobel Prize in Physics in 1976, which he shared with Burton Richter, for the discovery of the J/ψ meson nuclear particle.

Senthil Todadri

Professor of Physics
Interested in novel phases and phase transitions of quantum matter that are beyond the paradigms of Fermi liquid theory and/or broken symmetry.

Andrew Vanderburg

Assistant Professor of Physics
Explores the use of machine learning, especially deep neural networks, in exoplanet detection.

Salvatore Vitale

Assistant Professor of Physics
Focuses on data analysis for gravitational waves signals detected with the LIGO instruments.

Mark Vogelsberger

Associate Professor of Physics
Uses of high-performance supercomputers to study structure and galaxy formation, dark matter physics, and large-scale hydrodynamical simulations.

Vladan Vuletić

Lester Wolfe Professor of Physics
Research interests lie in many-body quantum mechanics and the experimental implementation of entangled many-body states.

Rainer Weiss

Professor of Physics, Emeritus
2017 Nobel Laureate
LIGO inventor shares 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics for direct detection of gravitational waves.

Xiao-Gang Wen

Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics
Introduced the notion of topological order (1989) and quantum order (2002), to describe a new class of matter states.

Frank Wilczek

Herman Feshbach Professor of Physics
2004 Nobel Laureate
Known for the discovery of asymptotic freedom, the development of quantum chromodynamics, the invention of axions, and more…

Michael Williams

Associate Professor of Physics
Deputy Director, NSF AI Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Fundamental Interactions (IAIFI)
Focused on searching for dark matter, studying emergent properties of QCD, and incorporating physics intelligence into artificial intelligence.

Lindley Winslow

Associate Professor of Physics
Currently focuses on searches for neutrinoless double-beta decay and axion dark matter.

Boleslaw Wyslouch

Professor of Physics
Director, Laboratory for Nuclear Science and Bates Research and Engineering Center (BATES)
Studies extremely hot and dense states of nuclear matter, focusing on the very energetic collisions of heavy ions.

James Edward Young

Professor of Physics, Emeritus
Researched and taught theoretical particle physics, critical phenomena and nuclear physics in the MIT Center for Theoretical Physics.

Barton Zwiebach

Professor of Physics
MacVicar Faculty Fellow
Contributed to the early work on the construction of open string field theory and then developed the field theory of closed strings.

Martin Zwierlein

Thomas A. Frank (1977) Professor of Physics
Experiments on strongly interacting quantum gases of atoms and molecules, to realize and advance our understanding of novel states of matter.