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 Building

    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.

  • New graduate fellowship

    Graduate Fellowships for underrepresented minorities in STEM fields ($30,000 per year) are now open for application. Qualified applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. Details can be found here.

  • Prof. Kevin H. Knuth takes a Third Prize in the FQXI 2013 Essay Contest

    Prof. Knuth has been awarded a Third Prize in the Foundational Questions Institute (FQXI) 2013 Essay Contest, "It From Bit, or Bit From It?" with his essay entitled "Information-Based Physics and the Influence Network".