Physics Research Building

A distinctly modern, spacious, 21st century research building with vast windows and interesting asymmetrical lines: the floors of its two sides — one for offices on the east; one for laboratories on the west — do not coincide, making the PRB a four story structure + basement on the lab-side only.

The PRB was designed with large laboratory spaces to accommodate the massive instrumentation, including multiple laser systems, necessary to accelerate modern experimental research. Inside those labs; faculty, postdocs, research scientists and students are conducting world-class research in Astrophysics; Atomic, Molecular & Optical Experiment and Theory; Biophysics; Condensed Matter Experiment and Theory; High Energy Experiment and Theory; Nuclear Experiment and Theory; and Physics Education.

The spacious and inviting first-floor is filled with light streaming from a soaring atrium. Balconies, open stairways and mezzanine beckon to upper floors. The Vernier Commons, outdoor courtyard and variety of comfortable seating throughout, offer welcoming places to meet, study, chat or lunch. The first floor also houses physics department offices and the Smith Seminar Room.

PRB’s office side houses offices and interaction areas and numerous small conference rooms are found on each floor’s lab and office sides.

The cantilevered fourth-floor PRB Conference Room is an incredible venue for both meetings and special events.

The Wellness Room, a recent addition, accommodates specific needs of women in physics. Equipped with refrigerator, sink, microwave, chair and phone, it offers a private haven for breastfeeding mothers or anyone needing to recharge their physical or mental batteries.


  • The Department of Physics
  • The Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics (CCAPP)
  • The Center for Emergent Materials (CEM), an NSF-funded Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC)
  • The Center for Exploration of Novel Complex Materials