Experts in the Field of Physics

Nebraska’s Department of Physics and Astronomy features world-renowned physicists who work in state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities.

The Extreme Light Laboratory houses Diocles, one of the most powerful lasers in the world.

An on-campus student observatory and the Behlen Observatory in Mead, Nebraska, offer students the opportunity to study quasars and pulsating stars.

UNL physicists study nanoscale magnetic materials, perform experiments to “stop” light, research matter waves and the behavior of chiral molecules. They study the fundamental constituents of matter at some of the world’s highest-energy particle accelerator laboratories.

Also visit the particle physics expertise area to find experts in related areas.


In addition to his work in polarized electron physics at the Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience, Timothy Gay is a football fan who attended high school with New England Patriots coach Bill Belichek. In past years, his videos using football to explain physics concepts were featured during Husker home games in Memorial Stadium. In 2013, he spoke on “Football: Its Physics and Future” for the Nebraska Lectures Series. He was quoted by the New York Times after the “Deflategate” incident involving the New England Patriots. He is the author of “The Physics of Football: Discover the Science of Bone-Crunching Hits, Soaring Field Goals, and Awe-Inspiring Passes.”