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

  • 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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    Prof. Kevin H. Knuth takes Third Prize in the FQXI 2015 Essay Contest "Trick or Truth? - The Mysterious Link Between Physics and Mathematics"

    Prof. Kevin H. Knuth has been awarded a Third Prize in the Foundational Questions Institute (FQXI) 2015 Essay Contest, "Trick or Truth? - The Mysterious Link Between Physics and Mathematics." with his essay titled "The Deeper Roles of Mathematics in Physical Laws". The essay can be found here.

  • 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.