The Info List - Applied Physics

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Applied physics
Applied physics
is intended for a particular technological or practical use. It is usually considered as a bridge or a connection between physics and engineering. "Applied" is distinguished from "pure" by a subtle combination of factors such as the motivation and attitude of researchers and the nature of the relationship to the technology or science that may be affected by the work. Applied Physics
is rooted in the fundamental truths and basic concepts of the physical sciences but is concerned with the utilization of scientific principles in practical devices and systems, and in the application of physics in other areas of science.[1] It usually differs from engineering in that an applied physicist may not be designing something in particular, but rather is using physics or conducting physics research with the aim of developing new technologies or solving an engineering problem. This approach is similar to that of applied mathematics. In other words, applied physics is rooted in the fundamental truths and basic concepts of the physical sciences but is concerned with the utilization of these scientific principles in practical devices and systems.[2] Applied physicists can also be interested in the use of physics for scientific research. For instance, the field of accelerator physics can contribute to research in theoretical physics by working with engineers enabling design and construction of high-energy colliders.

Computer modeling of the space shuttle during re-entry

Examples of research & development areas[edit]

The transistor, which was first invented by physicists John Bardeen, Walter Brattain
Walter Brattain
and William Shockley
William Shockley
in 1947 Lasers, such as Vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers Photonic crystals and quantum optics Magnetic resonance imaging Microscopy Semiconductors Accelerator physics Quantum information science Quantum technology Astrodynamics Electromagnetic propulsion Stealth technology Nuclear engineering Engineering
Physics Electronics Sonar Radar Lidar Biophysics Chemical Physics Geophysics


^ "General Information on Applied Physics". Stanford Department of Applied Physics. Archived from the original on 7 March 2007.  ^ "Department of Applied Physics". Waseda University. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 

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Branches of physics


Applied Experimental Theoretical

Energy Motion

Thermodynamics Mechanics


Ballistics Lagrangian Hamiltonian

Continuum Celestial Statistical Solid Fluid Quantum

Waves Fields

Gravitation Electromagnetism Optics

Geometrical Physical Nonlinear Quantum

Quantum field theory Relativity

Special General

By speciality

Accelerator Acoustics Astrophysics

Nuclear Stellar Heliophysics


Space Astroparticle

Atomic–molecular–optical (AMO) Communication Computational Condensed matter

Mesoscopic Solid-state Soft

Digital Engineering Material Mathematical Molecular Nuclear Particle


Plasma Polymer Statistical

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Virophysics Biomechanics

Medical physics

Cardiophysics Health physics Laser
medicine Medical imaging‎ Nuclear medicine Neurophysics Psychophysics

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