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Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Atmospheric Sciences – PHYSICS
College of Science, Engineering, and Technology


If you have ever wondered scientifically, “why” something is the way it is, or “how” can something exist or behave the way it does, then you’ve entered the realm of physics. Physics is the most fundamental of all sciences, and is the study of nature that is all around us. Physicists try to understand the most basic laws that govern the behavior of nature.

Tigran V. Shahbazyan

Professor of Physics


Office: 356 JHS
Phone: (601) 979-3619
Fax: (601) 979-3630

Ph. D. in Physics, Condensed Matter Theory, University of Utah, 1995

Research Interests
Spectroscopy of many-body processes in nanostructures

Representative publications

  1. Plasmonics: Theory and Applications, Edited by T. V. Shahbazyan and M. I. Stockman (Springer, 2013).
  2. T. V. Shahbazyan, Theory of plasmon-enhanced metal photoluminescence, Nano Lett. 13, 194 (2013).
  3. K. A. Velizhanin and T. V. Shahbazyan, Long-range plasmon-assisted energy transfer over doped graphene, Phys. Rev. B 86, 245432 (2012).
  4. L. S. Petrosyan, A. S. Kirakosyan, and T. V. Shahbazyan, Extraordinary electron transmission through a periodic array of quantum dots, Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 196802 (2011).
  5. V. N. Pustovit and T. V. Shahbazyan, Resonance energy transfer near metal nanostructures mediated by surface plasmons, Phys. Rev. B 83, 085427 (2011). 
  6. V. N. Pustovit and T. V. Shahbazyan, Cooperative emission of light by an ensemble of dipoles near a metal nanostucture: The plasmonic Dicke effect, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 077401 (2009).
  7. O. Olendski, Q. L. Williams, and T. V Shahbazyan, Two-dimensional magnetoexcitons in the presence of spin-orbit interactions, Phys. Rev. B 77, 125338 (2008).
  8. O. Olendski and T. V Shahbazyan, Theory of anisotropic spin relaxation in quantum dots, Phys. Rev. B 75, 041306(R) (2007).
  9. C. Guillon, P. Langot, N. Del Fatti, F. Vallee, A. S. Kirakosyan, T. V. Shahbazyan, T. Cardinal, M. Treguer, Coherent acoustic vibration of metal nanoshells, Nano Lett. 7, 138 (2007).
  10. J. Dai, M. E. Raikh, and T. V. Shahbazyan, Two-electron linear intersubband light absorption in a biased quantum well, Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 066803 (2006).



Physics allows you to study the forces that shape the fabric of nature and learn what the universe if made of and how it works.
You will receive a solid grounding in fundamental physics and have access to a wide range of elective courses including optics, particle and solid-state physics, nonlinear dynamics, astronomy and geophysics. Running experiments and engaging in faculty-led research develops your quantitative critical thinking skills, and you will gain the ability to use data to test and evaluate models, explanations, and methods.


 In lab-based classes and with faculty-led research opportunities, you will learn to think like a physicist. Explore accelerator physics at CERN, or learn about the frontiers of space and time while searching for extrasolar planets and world-renowned observatories. Explore the mind-bending consequences of Einstein’s theory of gravity and curved space-time, or unlock the mysteries of our awesome Earth with field research opportunities. Become a science educator and make a difference in propelling P-12 STEM education in the 21st century. At Jackson State University, you are part of the process of creating new scientific knowledge. 

“Challenging Minds, Changing Lives.”


Your time will be spent collecting and analyzing data or running experiments on state-of-the-art equipment – not solely sitting at desks. 


Physics majors have a plethora of career options after studying the mechanics of matter and understanding concepts such as optics, solid-state physics, particle physics, and much more:

Technical Writer Science Teacher Forensic Scientist Professor
Data Analyst Research Analyst Web Developer Design Engineer
Systems Analyst Research Engineer Meteorologist Research Scientist
Scientist Application Developer Product Development Engineer Process Engineer
Radiation Safety Officer Materials Engineer Nuclear Engineer R&D Engineer
Aeronautical Engineer Electronics Engineer Data Scientist Quantitative Analyst


For many years, we have played a central role in new physics developments and advancements.

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For more information, please contact us at (601) 979-7012.  We look forward to meeting with you and seeing how our program can help you achieve your goals.



Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Atmospheric Sciences
College of Science, Engineering & Technology
Jackson State University
P.O. Box 18750
Jackson, MS 39217



(601) 979-7012