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School of Physics and Astronomy

School of Physics and Astronomy

The physics department of Shanghai Jiao Tong University was initially established in 1928, and was one of the earliest physics programs in China. Starting from 2007, the University made a strategic decision to rebuild a first-class physics program and started to invest newly on several subfields of physics, such as particle and nuclear physics, laser & plasma physics. After further incorporating astronomy and astrophysics in the year of 2016, the department was renamed the School of Physics and Astronomy. The School currently has now sixty-six full professors and forty-three distinguished research fellows which is equivalent to tenure track assistant professors in the US system. It has seven research institutes. The School sets up its mission to meet the Chinese national strategic demands in physical sciences and related interdisciplinary fields. It strives to establish a world-class research-education center of physical sciences that aim to solve scientific problems of substantial importance and to cultivate next generation of leading physicists. At present, the School covers two first-class disciplines of physics and astronomy. It has become one of the three most comprehensive physics schools in C-9 group, one of the four physics schools who boast national collaborative innovation research centers, and one of the first batch of six pilot institutes in Shanghai Jiao Tong University to build the world-class universities. It is acknowledged as one of the most competitive, fastest-growing, and comprehensive physics colleges in China.

  • Institute of Interdisciplinary Physics

    Institute of Interdisciplinary Physics (IIP) was founded in 2000. It currently has 7 faculty members, including 2 professors, and 5 distinguished researchers. Among IIP faculty members, there are 5 National “Youth 1000 Talents Plan” fellows and 1 NSFC Excellent Young Scholar. The main research fields of IIP include biological physics, statistical physics, and soft matter. In 2016 and 2017, ITIP has made important progresses in funding acquisition, talent recruitment and scientific research. IIP faculty has won 5 General Projects from NSFC. National “Youth 1000 Talents Plan” fellow Heng Xu joined ITIP. IIP faculty has also published 8 significant papers, including 1 paper in Nature, 1 in PNAS, 2 in Nature Communication, 1 in Science Advances, and 4 in Physical Review Letters.

  • Laboratory for Laser Plasmas

    Lab for Laser Plasmas (LLP) was founded in 2010. It currently has 28 faculty members, including 14 professors and 10 distinguished researchers. Within those faculty members, there are 2 Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1 Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, 2 National “1000 Talents Plan” professorship, 1 Changjiang Distinguished Professor, 3 NSFC Distinguished Young Investigators and 4 National “Youth 1000 Talents Plan” fellows. The main research fields of LLP include theory and numerical simulation of the laser plasma physics, physical experiment of the laser plasma, ultrafast electron imaging and diagnostics, and high field laser technology.

  • Institute of Condensed Matter Physics

    Institute of Condensed Matter Physics (ICMP) has 36 faculty members, including 17 professors, 8 distinguished researchers, 3 associate professors, 1 associate distinguished researcher, 3 associate researchers, 3 assistant researchers and 1 engineer. The research field in addition to Theoretical Studies on Quantum Physics and calculation, Experimental study includes low dimensional physics and interface engineering, Experimental Study on the Strongly Correlated Materials, Superconductivity and Quantum Device Physics, Nanoscale Light-Matter Interaction, Solar Photovoltaic Science & Semiconductor Optoelectronic Devices, Crystal and Nano Materials Growth and so on.

  • Optics Science and Engineering Research Center

    Optical Science and Engineering Research Center (OSERC) currently boasts 21 faculty members, including 9 professors, 4 distinguished research fellows, 3 associate professors and 3 assistant research fellows. Among them, there is 1 Academician of CAS, 1 Changjiang Distinguished Professor, 3 NSFC Distinguished Young Investigators, 2 Shanghai Municipal “1000 Talents Plan” Professors, 3 National “Youth1000 Talents Plan” fellows, 1 Shanghai Outstanding Academic Leader and 3 recipients of New Century Excellent Talents Program. Research areas in the center include advanced photonic material and physics, quantum information and quantum optics, novel photo-electronic material, waveguide photo-electronics and integrated optics, fiber laser physics and technology, optical information storage, new optical testing methods and instrument technology.

  • Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics

    There are total 24 research faculties at INPAC, including 10 professors, 10 distinguished researchers and 1 associate professor. Among these faculty members, 2 are National “1000 Talents Plan” professorships, 2 Changjiang Chair Professors, 5 NSFC Distinguished Young Investigators and 10 National “Youth 1000 Talents Plan” fellows. The institute focuses on the research fields such as Nuclear and Particle Theory, Collider Physics Experiment, Underground Physics Experiment, and Nuclear Physics Experiment. In 2016-2017, INPAC has achieved outstanding progresses in funding applications, scientific research and talent recruitment, etc. During the period, the institute received 32 grants from MOST, NSFC, MOE, Shanghai municipal government and SJTU. There are totally 238 papers published in the fields of particle physics, nuclear physics and Cosmology.

  • Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics

    Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics was founded in September 2012. CAA currently has 10 faculty members, including 5 professors, 2 distinguished researchers. Within those faculty members, there are 1 Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1 winner of National High-level Personnel of Special Support Program, 2 Changjiang Distinguished Professors, 5 NSFC Distinguished Young Investigators and 1 National “Youth 1000 Talents Plan” fellow. The main research fields of CAA include observational cosmology, multi-wavelength observations, theory of gravity and galaxy formation.

  • Wilczek Quantum Center

    Wilczek Quantum Center (WQC) is a brand new physics research center in Shanghai Jiao Tong University and was founded in Summer 2017. As the subordinate of School of Pphysics & Astronomy, WQC also receivesd great supports from Tsung-Dao Lee Institute (TDLI). Currently, WQC has 10 faculty members, including 1 Chief Scientist (Nobel Laureate), 2 full time professors, 3 associate members, and 4 foreign adjunct professors. The initial phase research areas include fFrontiers of quantum matter; tTheory and computation; qQuantum information and entanglement; and iInterdisciplinary areas. WQC is striving to be a world class theoretical quantum physics center with top-level reputation.