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


  • Physics: A Question of Fun?

    Physics students and professors got together for pizza and fun, with students playing an answer-and-question style game to learn more about physics related to the department's research, and win fun prizes along the way provided by the Society of Physics Students. A new UAlbany tradition, funded by CHEER. More details and pictures can be found here.


  • PASCAL 2015

    All friends of the physics department are invited to attend a traditional PASCAL conference on March 7, 2015. More details can be found here.

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    Particle Physics highlighted in the UAlbany Annual Research report

    Research conducted by members of the High Energy Physics group (Julian Bouffard, Jesse Ernst, Adam Fischer, Stefan Guindon and Vivek Jain) using data from the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN is highlighted in this year's UAlbany research report.

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