Physics

Welcome to Wellesley Physics

Wellesley College has a long tradition of providing high-quality scientific training in the context of a liberal arts education. The Physics Department is an integral part of that tradition. The contemporary study of the physical universe encompasses systems ranging from the microscopic - atoms, nuclei, and elementary particles, to the very large - planets, stars, and galaxies. A central theme of all branches of physics is the search for unifying principles underlying the diverse phenomena of nature. Wellesley offers a full range of academically demanding courses that constitute a strong physics major and small classes that allow for individualized attention.

Laser cooling: Rita Lam '09 adjusts a magneto-optical trap for cooling rubidium atoms to a temperature of 300 microkelvin.
Lily Zhang '12 and Ijeoma Ekeh '12 with the open cavity helium neon laser.
Science Center Focus at night
Tiffany Lin '12 and Irene Roman '13 explain how 3D glasses work.
Bifurcation diagram for our chaotic pendulum, drawn by Rachel Zizza '13.