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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    Prof. Szydagis receives a DOE grant

    Prof. Szydagis has been awarded a research grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for the project, "The LUX-ZEPLIN Dark Matter Experiment: From Exclusion to Discovery Potential with Better Simulations and Vetos". The research program is conducted using data collected with the LUX (Large Underground Xenon) and LZ (LUX-ZEPLIN) detectors at the Sanford Underground Research Facility at Lead, South Dakota, the former site of the Homestake gold mine and the Noble-prize-winning Homestake solar neutrino experiment, within the Ray Davis cavern.


  • World’s most sensitive dark matter detector completes search

    LEAD, SD, USA / SHEFFIELD, UK -- The Large Underground Xenon (LUX) dark matter experiment, which operates beneath a mile of rock at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in the Black Hills of South Dakota, has completed its silent search for the missing matter of the universe. Assistant Professor of Physics Matthew Szydagis of the University at Albany SUNY will have the great honor of representing LUX and presenting these very same results for the first time on this side of the pond on Saturday August 6 th at the 38 th International Conference on High Energy Physics (ICHEP ‘16) in downtown Chicago. Read more here.


  • Prof. Jain receives an NSF grant

    Prof. Jain has been awarded a research grant from the National Science Foundation for the project, "Experimental Particle Physics at SUNY Albany". The research program is conducted using data collected with the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Switzerland.

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