The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is a dynamic, young research university with a diverse international faculty and student body who relentlessly pursue excellence in teaching and research. Situated on the hillside overlooking scenic Clear Water Bay at the eastern edge of Hong Kong and the southeastern coast of China, HKUST has rapidly established itself as a leading institution on the academic world map since it was founded in 1991.
The Department of Physics offers rigorous and competitive undergraduate and postgraduate programs in physics. Currently, we have over 180 undergraduate students and over 175 postgraduate students. 16 gold, 8 silver and 3 bronze medalists of IPhO (International Physics Olympiad) and APhO (Asian Physics Olympiad) from Hong Kong, Mainland China, Macao, Turkmenistan, Nepal, Mongolia, India, Vietnam and Indonesia had joined our department since 2013.
The Department has 38 full-time faculty members (21 experimentalists and 17 theoristis) with significant expertise in the areas of Cold Atoms, Optics and Quantum Information, Condensed Matter Experiments and Advanced Materials, Condensed Matter Theory, Statistical and Computati...onal Physics, Particle Physics and Cosmology, Soft Matter and Biological Physics, Wave Functional Materials and Physics. Among our faculty members, 13 of them are Fellows of American Physics Society and one of them is Nobel laureate, Professor George F Smoot, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2006, and the other is Professor Kam-Biu Luk who won the Breakthrough Prize in 2016.
The Department has a large collection of the state-of-the-art research equipment for laser physics, photonics, quantum materials and physics, surface/interface studies, solid state properties, polymers and liquid crystals, nanostructured layers and clusters, and nonlinear dynamics. A number of central service facilities and interdisciplinary research institutes provide support for the Department's research programs. Particularly relevant are the Materials Characterisation and Preparation Facility (MCPF) and the Nanosystem Fabrication Facility (NFF). Our faculty works on focused topic and interdisciplinary research through several research institutes and centers.