Department of Physics

The Physics Department engages students in cutting edge research to advance the frontiers of our understanding of the universe and to innovate practical solutions to societal challenges Our department has about a dozen faculty, 45 graduate and 140 undergraduate majors. Faculty and students in the department carry out research in a broad range of fields—from a new understanding of quantum mechanics to the search for fundamental particles to robotics and medical imaging. Fundamentally, physicists develop models for understanding how the world works. The training is a basis for a broad range of careers that rely on analytical problem solving. These fields are as diverse as cosmology, engineering, software development, and financial analysis.

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News & Announcements

  • Newsletter

    Physics Newsletter - September 2017

    Here you can find the first newsletter of our department and hopefully the first of many. It presents a general overview of the department and is a very helpful read for prospective students.

  • Munch with the Majors

    Munch with the Majors

    Associate Professor Keith Earle met with undergraduate Physics majors at "Munch with the Majors" held on 27 Sep 2017 at the University at Albany Campus Center. Over the course of the event Professor Earle discussed the Physics program with students from a variety of majors including Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, History, and Public Health. Every student who had a conversation with Professor Earle received a copy of the Physics Department's Newsletter which gives information about undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as opportunities for undergraduate research.


  • ATLAS and CMS celebrate their 25th anniversaries

    ATLAS and CMS are like close sisters, the best of friends and competitors all at once. Today they are both celebrating their 25th birthdays. On 1 October 1992, the two collaborations each submitted a letter of intent for the construction of a detector to be installed at the proposed Large Hadron Collider (LHC). More can be found here.

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