Department of Applied Physics and Materials Science - Applied Physics


Caltech's Applied Physics program was founded by faculty who could foresee research subjects not represented in traditional engineering and physics programs. Founded in 1970, it was among the very first Applied Physics programs in the country and has had a profound influence on science and technology, including fiber optic communications. Originally encompassing semiconductor devices and lasers, today it includes subjects spanning quantum engineering to physical biology, and reflects new and varied intersections within science and technology.