Nuclear Physics Number 8 in U.S. News Rankings

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Duke’s nuclear physics specialty was ranked #8 in the U.S. News and World Report’s 2011 graduate school rankings, which came out April 15. The department as a whole placed 30. The last time the rankings were compiled, in 2006, the department ranked 29. “I am very pleased to see our efforts in nuclear physics recognized,” says Prof. Dan Gauthier, department chair. “On the experimental side, we continue to have internationally known facilities on campus, including the High Intensity Gamma Ray Source, and our faculty are involved in numerous international experiments. Furthermore, the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory is recognized by the Department of Energy as a Center of Excellence. On the theory side, our faculty are making important discoveries in low- and medium-energy nuclear physics using a variety of analytic and numerical approaches that are giving insight into nature at the so-called ‘energy frontier.’”